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Work on Burnaby environmental sustainability strategy underway

After completing both its social sustainability and economic development strategies, Burnaby city hall announced it is now working on its third and final plan, a new environmental sustainability strategy.

The strategy will be developed over two years and when completed, will guide Burnaby's environmental decisions over the coming years, according to a city press release.

The eventual document will "articulate a vision, goals and achievable actions that recognize current challenges and opportunities, while providing the flexibility to adapt to changing needs and opportunities."

A "blue-riboon steering committee" chaired by Mayor Derek Corrigan will develop the plan with input from the community, including stewardship groups, environmental leaders, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Work on the environmental strategy will be complemented by two related studies party funded by BC Hydro—a community energy and emissions plan, which will develop a framework to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the city; and a Metrotown district energy (pre-feasibility) study, which will look at the potential for district energy systems in the town centre that would improve efficiency and reduce emissions from heating and cooling systems.

 

Environmental Sustainability Strategy steering committee:

Mayor Derek Corrigan, chair

Coun. Dan Johnston, vice-chair

Coun. Colleen Jordan

Coun. Richard Chang

Coun. Sav Dhaliwal

Mark Angelo, chair emeritus of BCIT's Rivers Institute

KC Bell, director of the SFU Sustainability Office

Paul Cipywnyk, president, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society

Chris Dikeakos, architect

Jeanne Fike, Burnaby Family Life

Diane Gillis, president, Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association

Jack Gin, mentor and entrepreneur

Paul Holden, president and CEO, Burnaby Board of Trade

Isabel Kolic, executive director, Heights Merchants Association

Dick Kouwenhoven, president and CEO, Hemlock Printers

Jennie Moore, BCIT's director of sustainable development and environmental stewardship

Dirk Odenwald, CFO, ABC Recycling

School trustee Harman Pandher

Bill Schwartz, Polestar Communications

Tom Sigurdson, executive director, B.C. Building Trades

Dave Switzer, Heights businessperson

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