A Healthy, Livable, and Sustainable Vancouver

Why is this important?

Our citizens would like to live healthier, sustainable lives, but systems are not in place to support that.  For example, our neighborhoods are not as walkable as stakeholders want.  Residents are concerned about climate change, the loss of natural areas, resource depletion, pollution and declining quality of life.  Land use patterns are low density with uses separated and located far apart.  Development is consuming green spaces and we have favored engineered systems over natural systems. 

Our Pledge

We will build a community that balances environmental protection, economic health, and social equity.

Strategic Directions

  • Engage the community to develop and implement a community-wide sustainability plan.
  • Educate the community about sustainability, and promote sustainable practices by households and businesses.
  • Lead by example.  The City can lead the way for the community by utilizing sustainable practices in city operations, such as “green” purchasing, reduction of fossil fuel consumption in buildings and fleet, and innovations in building design.
  • Require sustainable development patterns with a mix of uses and better pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections from neighborhoods to shopping and employment centers so that residents have options for living more sustainably.
  • Protect and enhance our natural infrastructure, including our tree canopy, habitat, open space and greenways to improve our air and water quality.
  • Give voice to future generations by considering how our decisions and actions today impact their options and opportunities.

Key Indicators

  • Clean Drinking Water: Percent of citizens rating drinking water quality as “good” or “excellent”
  • Residents’ View of City’s Livability:  Percent of citizens rating city livability “good” or “excellent”
  • Managed Growth:  Percent of citizens rating growth management and planning within the city as “good” or “excellent”
  • Healthy Existing Tree Canopy: Percent of city that is covered by a tree canopy
  • Improving Tree Canopy: Number of new trees planted by the city in the calendar year as of December 31st
  • Preserving Open Space: City has acquired sufficient park land to meet our residents’ stated needs or goal
  • Reducing Trash: Percent of total residential trash that is recycled or diverted from landfill
  • Accessible Parks:  Percent of residents within one-quarter mile of a park or other accessible open area