Listening to its citizens and encouraging new ideas is an important part of Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. See how the city plans to incorporate the results of public dialogue into a comprehensive vision of Burnaby’s future.
At Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, the public is getting a chance to weigh in on the sustainable future of the region.
“Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy is a plan for Burnaby’s green future,” says Lise Townsend, Ecosystem Planner for the City of Burnaby. “The city has already developed a social sustainability strategy as well as an economic strategy, so this is like the third leg of the stool, to try and integrate those two other strategies for a broad sustainability policy.”
On this day, city staff is engaging people with posters focusing on different environmental themes and they are encouraged to offer comments and ideas.
“We are looking to our community to give us new ideas,” says Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan. “We need people with a different perspective. We need young people and old people, people with different backgrounds coming forward to tell us what they think our city should look like in the future.
Today’s event at SFU is just one of several that happened across Burnaby.
“We are really challenging ourselves on how we are going to move into the next decade environmentally,” says Corrigan. “What we can do to be one of the greenest cities on the planet, how we look at ways we are going to improve our ecology to integrate our new development and our density into a city that has one quarter (of land) reserved for park and green space. To be honest, it’s an issue of us being pressed by our citizens to make sure we are doing the best job we can to ensure our future generations have a place that is very livable.”
Did You Know?
Burnaby established an Open Watercourse policy in 1973, leading to the preservation, stewardship and enhancement of over 90 distinct streams in the City. Over 25% of the City’s land base is protected as park, greenspace, and conservation areas including open watercourses, lakes/wetlands, shorelines and forested areas.