Caring For Our Environment

Environment Friendly Living

To take care of our bodies, we eat well, exercise and make sure to get enough sleep. That’s our internal environment. The environment that surrounds us — the air, soil, water and ecosystems — is equally important for our health and the health and well being of others.

We Can Protect the Environment Around Us:

  • By reducing consumption and recycling, we reduce the costs and environmental burden of waste.
  • By driving less and instead taking transit, walking and cycling, we improve air quality as well as our own health and fitness.
  • By pitching in to clean up, restore and enhance local waterways, shorelines and other ecosystems, we can help native plants and wildlife to flourish
  • Other tips to care for our environment at home, at school and in the office include natural gardening practices, conserving water and proper waste disposal and recycling

Everyone, from government to individuals of all ages and abilities, can play an important role as stewards of the environment. Burnaby is fortunate to have many dedicated community volunteers who have made a big difference in protecting and enhancing environmentally significant sites throughout the City.

Key municipal documents that address environmental stewardship and education include the Official Community Plan (OCP)

Environment Section

, the

State of the Environment Report

(SOER) and the recently completed

Social Sustainability Strategy


Environment Committee

The City of Burnaby’s

Environment Committee

is an endorsed citizens committee of

Mayor and Council

that addresses issues related to the environment. Members of the public may speak before the Committee after submitting a written request to the Committee’s Secretary (Administrative Officer) seven working days prior to a Committee Meeting. The written request must include the name of the speaker and the topic to be discussed. This is referred to as

Appearing as a Delegation


Environment Committee Meetings normally take place on the second Tuesday of the month.  See also the

Boards and Committee Meeting Schedules

. Members of the public may also serve as Citizen Representatives on the Environment Committee. Find out more on

How to Become a Committee Member

or contact the

Clerks Department

for more information.

Environmental Events

The City of Burnaby supports and promotes a number of environmental events throughout the year. These events are valuable occasions for Burnaby residents and the public to discover Burnaby’s many natural assets, learn how they can help, and celebrate achievements.


Environment Week

takes place in early June each year with a number of eco-friendly activities around the City. Burnaby’s

Environment Awards Program

is an annual tradition that recognizes Burnaby individuals and groups that have made significant contributions.

World Rivers Day

in late September is an annual event that celebrates the historic, cultural, economic and environmental importance of waterways both locally and around the globe.

Other local environmental events:

Visit the

Festivals and Events


Calendar of Events

pages for more event information.

Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre

The Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre is a community facility sponsored in partnership between the City of Burnaby and

Burnaby School District 41

. It provides space and resources for students, teachers and interested community groups regarding environmental activities in a classroom setting. The Centre is located on the grounds of

Stoney Creek Community School

at 2730 Beaverbrook Crescent, Burnaby near Lougheed Town Centre. Contact the Stoney Creek Community School Coordinator at


for more information.

Previously described as the Burnaby Environmental Classroom, the Centre has recently been renamed for Jennifer Atchison, (1938-2010) an environmental stewardship champion and member of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee.

Environmental Programs and Initiatives

The City of Burnaby has a broad range of

Environmental Programs and Initiatives

including the

Burnaby Streamkeepers Program


Additional Resources


Air Quality

Climate Change

Energy Conservation


Sustainable Transportation

Waste Reduction



For more information, visit the

Environmental Planning Program

page or contact the Planning Department at




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