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Sustainability & Environment


Middle Arm Riverside VegitationOur island City is located within one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Every department and business unit at the  City is in some way involved in the community and the global effort to be more sustainable and reduce our environmental impact.

The Sustainability Framework adopted by the City in 2010 is helping to coordinate and foster these efforts, measure their success and set new benchmarks. The Framework has guided the development of Richmond’s 2041 Official Community Plan. A key component of the plan is the Ecological Network in which larger ‘hubs”, smaller “sites” and interconnecting corridors may act to conserve and connect natural and semi-natural areas within our urban and agricultural  setting.

Vision of a Sustainable Richmond:
“A sustainable and healthy island city that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is a place where people live, work, and prosper in a welcoming, connected, accessible and vibrant community. In Richmond, the health of the people and the health of the eco-system are sustained through community participation and long-term economic, social and environmental well-being.”

Browse the pages in this section to learn how the City is working towards becoming a leader in sustainability with a "Corporate First" approach. With innovative initiatives in building performance and Power Smart municipal operations, alternative energy production, transportation and infrastructure planning, as well as  financial, and social planning, and with strategic use of human resources and information technology our vision is taking shape.

This section of our site also provides essential information regarding best practices, bylaws, policies and initiatives relating to things such as tree protection, pesticide use, riparian management areas, and more. For information on recycling and other environmental programs see Recycling & Garbage Services under the City Services section of this site.

To navigate this part of our site, you may use the fly-out menus on the left, or you may wish to consult the Site Map for this section.