Environmental Sustainability Plan

The City has developed its first draft Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP). This plan will incorporate the City’s environmental goals, objectives and actions into one overarching strategy that will provide a clear and flexible framework to help guide future decisions, ensuring the long-term resiliency and sustainability of our community.

Now we want to hear from you - tell us what you think of the ESP!

How to Get Involved

  • View the full version of the draft ESP.
  • Check out the ESP Highlights for a summary of the full Plan.
  • Watch the video to get a high-level idea of what the Plan includes.
  • Answer the survey - complete it before Oct. 15 and you can also choose to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card!
  • Visit a pop-up event:
    • Sept. 17 – Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sept. 19 – Coquitlam Public Library – Poirier Branch, 575 Poirier St., from 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
    • Sept. 27 – Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Oct. 6 – Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Next Steps

Following the engagement process, feedback will be reviewed to inform refinements to the ESP. The final plan will be presented to Council later this year. Once endorsed, the plan will be implemented beginning in 2022.

Stay Informed

Stay up-to-date on the Environmental Sustainability Plan by subscribing for updates on the project by entering your email into the Stay Informed box in the top right corner.


The City has developed its first draft Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP). This plan will incorporate the City’s environmental goals, objectives and actions into one overarching strategy that will provide a clear and flexible framework to help guide future decisions, ensuring the long-term resiliency and sustainability of our community.

Now we want to hear from you - tell us what you think of the ESP!

How to Get Involved

  • View the full version of the draft ESP.
  • Check out the ESP Highlights for a summary of the full Plan.
  • Watch the video to get a high-level idea of what the Plan includes.
  • Answer the survey - complete it before Oct. 15 and you can also choose to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card!
  • Visit a pop-up event:
    • Sept. 17 – Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sept. 19 – Coquitlam Public Library – Poirier Branch, 575 Poirier St., from 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
    • Sept. 27 – Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Oct. 6 – Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Next Steps

Following the engagement process, feedback will be reviewed to inform refinements to the ESP. The final plan will be presented to Council later this year. Once endorsed, the plan will be implemented beginning in 2022.

Stay Informed

Stay up-to-date on the Environmental Sustainability Plan by subscribing for updates on the project by entering your email into the Stay Informed box in the top right corner.


  • Information Bulletin: Coquitlam Seeks Feedback on Draft Environmental Strategy

    COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 13, 2021 – Coquitlam is seeking public feedback on the community’s first draft Environmental Sustainability Plan.

    The Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) incorporates new and existing environmental goals, objectives and actions into an overarching strategy. The plan will provide a clear and flexible framework to guide future decisions and ensure the long term resiliency and sustainability of the community. The draft document is available at www.coquitlam.ca/enviroplan.

    How to Get Involved

    A public survey launched today on the ESP project page at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan. People who answer the survey before the closing date of Friday, Oct. 15 can also choose to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card.

    Residents and other interested stakeholders are invited to learn more and provide feedback at one of the pop-up events on the following dates:

    • Sept. 17 – Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sept. 19 – Coquitlam Public Library – Poirier Branch, 575 Poirier St., from 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
    • Sept. 27 – Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Oct. 6 – Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The full draft plan is posted on the project page, and a summary video and highlights document are also available for those who would like to get a high-level understanding of what is contained in the ESP.

    About the ESP

    The draft ESP has been developed through extensive research and analysis, as well as a public consultation process in 2019.

    The plan is organized into five themes: Climate Action, Built Environment, Waste Management, Water Management and Natural Areas, Wildlife and Habitat. Within each theme are related goals, strategies and actions that will support environmental sustainability for the future of Coquitlam.

    The ESP also includes sections on how the City’s environmental goals and strategies will be implemented, monitored and measured. The implementation plan is summarized in a table that includes a list of over 125 actions, anticipated timelines, high-level cost estimates and lead City departments. To monitor Coquitlam’s progress, the ESP Dashboard provides a snapshot of measurable targets and trends to track successes over time.

    A review and update of the ESP will occur on a 5 to 10-year schedule, consistent with other corporate plans.

    Next Steps

    Following the engagement process, feedback will be reviewed to inform refinements to the ESP. The final plan will be presented to Council later this year. Once endorsed, the plan will be implemented beginning in 2022.

    Residents are encouraged to stay informed about the project by subscribing for email updates at letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan. More background on the project is found on the City’s website at coquitlam.ca/enviroplan.

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  • Information Bulletin: Coquitlam Moves Forward with Environmental Plan

    COQUITLAM, BC, July 8, 2020 Plans for improving sustainable transportation, reducing waste and curbing greenhouse gases – top issues for Coquitlam residents – will be among the focus areas of the City’s first environmental strategy.

    Coquitlam is making progress on its Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP), which will bring a cohesive approach to City environmental initiatives and ensure that future decisions support the community’s long-term resiliency and sustainability.

    In the coming months, the extensive feedback and information collected over the past year will be distilled into a draft plan, to be presented for public feedback in early 2021.

    Focusing on What’s Important

    Coquitlam’s ESP will be built around five themes – climate action; the built environment; natural areas, wildlife and habitat; water management and waste management – and reflect information from staff workshops, a review of City policies and plans, best practices research, Council input, and two months of public consultation that included an online survey and 16 in-person stakeholder consultation sessions.

    More than 1,100 surveys were completed last fall by people of all ages from throughout the city, revealing that the top environmental issues for residents are: waste management; fish, wildlife and habitat; sustainable transportation (e.g. electric vehicles and walking/cycling infrastructure) and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

    About 3,400 suggestions were made about how the City could advance environmental sustainability – many of which are already in place or in development – with the common ideas including:

    • Climate action: Sustainable transportation, alternative energy sources such as solar, and incentives to support climate action;
    • Built environment: Enhanced public transit routes, walking/cycling infrastructure and energy efficient buildings;
    • Natural areas, wildlife and habitat: More protection/enhancement of parks and natural areas, requirements to retain and replace trees, and tree-planting initiatives;
    • Water management: Enforcement of watering restrictions, improved water conservation education and watercourse protection; and
    • Waste management: Expanded curbside and depot recycling options, operational improvements and more waste reduction education and support.

    The public also said the City could help them achieve a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle with more investments in sustainable transportation, more options for recycling and waste reduction, and more education, communication and promotion.

    Next Steps For the ESP

    In early 2021, the draft ESP will go through a second round of public consultation and be reviewed by an external environmental sustainability expert. After any necessary refinements are made, an updated draft is expected to be presented to Council in early 2021 and a final draft by mid-2021.

    More information about the project is available at www.coquitlam.ca/enviroplan and on the public consultation page at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan.

    Building on Existing Environmental Efforts

    The City has pursued a variety of initiatives over the years to protect and enhance the environment. Coquitlam signed the Climate Action Charter in 2007 and strengthened that commitment in December of 2019, when Council endorsed a motion calling on all levels of government around the world to act with more urgency to lower GHG emissions.

    Recently – with the support of the federal Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Coquitlam added six more electric vehicle charging stations around the community for a total of 13 City-owned stations, and will be adding another five stations by next summer. Most of the stations accommodate two vehicles at once.

    The City’s Strategic Transportation Plan has also brought significant improvements to transit, walking and cycling amenities since it was adopted in 2012. Today, about three-quarters of Coquitlam residents live within easy access of pedestrian zones and bicycle routes, and transit use has grown by more than a third in recent years.

    Other green activities include the City’s growing “Ecofleet” of electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient compact vehicles, development of a Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan, and reduced energy use through energy-sharing systems, LED lighting, programmable thermostats and waste heat recovery systems. These efforts support Coquitlam’s goal to reduce corporate GHG emissions.

    The City also promotes energy conservation to the community, including energy rebate programs and tips for residents and businesses. More information is available at www.coquitlam.ca/climateaction.

  • Climate Action in Coquitlam

    The City of Coquitlam has received numerous letters from the public requesting a formal declaration of Climate Emergency.

    At the Regular Council meeting on December 16, 2019, Council unanimously endorsed the following motion:

    “The City of Coquitlam Council acknowledges that the impacts of climate change are becoming more severe, that all levels of government around the world and their citizens must act with more urgency to lower GHG emissions, and therefore Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan currently being developed, should include corporate and community reduction targets including exploring the actions required to achieve the IPCC targets.”

    As the City moves forward with developing Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP), staff will review the City’s existing GHG reduction targets and explore the actions required to achieve the IPCC targets. The ESP will include Climate Action as one of five key themes and our process to develop the ESP will take into consideration feedback from the public, which includes the points raised in the letters sent to Council.

    To learn more about the City of Coquitlam’s climate action initiatives, please visit our website at coquitlam.ca/climateaction.

  • Learn more about the Five Themes for Coquitlam’s ESP

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    Wondering about the five theme areas of the Environmental Sustainability Plan and what they mean? Here are some descriptions and examples of work the City has done in these areas.

    · Climate Action –Energy management, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate adaptation. Examples of related work to date include energy-efficiency City building upgrades and installation of LED streetlights and electric vehicle charging stations in the community.

    · Built Environment –Urban design, transportation and buildings. Examples of work to date include neighbourhood design promoting walking, cycling and transit use, and encouraging a greater range of housing options.

    · Natural Areas, Wildlife and Habitat – Natural areas, parks and green spaces, watercourses, riparian areas, biodiversity, wildlife and habitat, and forest and tree management. Examples of related work to date include bylaws to protect watercourses, tree and forest management, and promoting co-existence with wildlife as a Bear Smart Community.

    · Water Management – Water conservation, water quality monitoring and storm water management. Examples of related work to date include a long standing water conservation program, integrated stormwater management planning, an erosion and sediment control management strategy and bylaw requirements that protect water quality and the City’s drainage system network.

    · Waste Management – Reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste, including garbage, recyclables and green waste. Examples of related work to date include curbside collection of garbage, organics and recyclables, city-wide garage sales, large item pickup, and the city-owned and staffed Town Centre Recycling Depot.

    Have a question about these theme areas or about the ESP? Go to the "Ask a Question" section and post your question.

  • Pop-Up: City Centre Library (Dec. 6)

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    On Dec. 6, the ESP hosted a pop-up engagement booth at the City Centre Library. During the pop-up facility, users had an opportunity to learn more about the ESP and complete the survey to provide their valuable input. This was the final public engagement activity of Phase II of the ESP.
  • Urban Development Institute (Dec. 6)

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    On Dec. 6 the ESP project team attended the Urban Development Institute (UDI) / City of Coquitlam Liaison Committee Meeting. The UDI is a non-profit association of the development industry and its related professions. Attendees provided input and feedback on environmental sustainability in Coquitlam from a development industry perspective.
  • Multiculturalism Advisory Committee (Nov. 27)

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    On November 27, 2019 The ESP project team attended the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) final meeting of 2019. Some of the Committee’s objectives include fostering awareness and understanding of the City’s multicultural population/diversity and initiating/facilitating discussion around existing and emerging multiculturalism issues. MAC provided feedback on the ESP themes from this perspective.
  • Sustainability and Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) (Nov. 26)

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    On Nov. 26, the ESP project team visited the Sustainability and Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting. This committee has provided valuable input throughout the development of the ESP thus far. In fact, the idea to develop an environmental strategic plan was initially raised at the November 28, 2017 meeting of the City's SEAC during a discussion about the City's community and neighbourhood planning processes and the various plans that support these processes. The SEAC members observed that within the list of supporting plans and documents, there was not one listed that relates specifically to environment and sustainability. Staff subsequently recommended to develop a strategic Environmental Sustainability Plan.

    During the Nov. 26 2019 SEAC meeting, the project team provided a general update on the project and the SEAC members completed the ESP survey activity.


  • Gleneagle Secondary Green Team (Nov. 25)

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    On November 25th the Gleneagle Secondary Green Team completed an engagement activity to provide their feedback on the ESP. The group consists of grade 11 and 12 students with a keen interest in environment. They identified greenhouse gas reduction, waste management, and fish, wildlife and habitat as top three topics that they believe the City should be focusing on.
  • Pop-Up: Dogwood Pavilion (Nov. 20)

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    The ESP team hosted a pop-up booth at Dogwood Pavilion on November 20th. This facility is a social recreation centre for adults 50 years or better to get together, make new friends and enjoy a variety of leisure activities. During the pop-up facility users had an opportunity to learn more about the ESP and complete the survey to provide their valuable input.