Environmental Master Plan

The Environmental Master Plan (EMP) serves as a guide to improve environmental performance in our city by setting goals and recommending actions to achieve those goals.
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The 2019 Environmental Master Plan (pdf) identifies six focus areas: water, ecology, community design, air, energy and waste. See our progress in each focus area by clicking on the tiles below.

Highlights of achievements

2021 marks 10 years since the EMP was first adopted by Council as a planning tool. Much has been achieved, including:

  • Implemented the Green Cart program, reducing residential waste to landfill and decreasing GHG emissions
  • Installed co-generation at Collicutt Centre and solar panels at Sorensen Station
    Facilitated community renewable energy installations throughout the city, expanding to one hundred times 2010’s capacity
  • Created Urban Forest Management Plan to help us maintain a sustainable urban forest and all its health, social and environmental benefits
  • Water use targets have been consistently achieved and strengthened
  • Installed methane flaring at the Waste Management Facility to reduce GHG emissions
  • Trialled an electric vehicle and used grants to purchase other EVs
  • Worked to reduce emissions from Transit by switching to natural gas buses
  • Used a grant from Federation of Canadian Municipalities to hire a Climate Change Specialist
EMP Water Tile


Goal: To improve the quality of our water resources and increase water conservation.

EMP Waste Tile


Goal: To decrease the amount of waste going to landfill and increase waste diversion opportunities.

EMP Energy Tile


Goal: To reduce energy use and move towards using renewable energy sources.

EMP Ecology Tile


Goal: To protect and enhance the terrestrial and aquatic health of the natural heritage system.

EMP Community Design Tile

Community Design

Goal: To plan and build a well-connected, sustainable community that contributes to a quality of life for residents.

EMP Air Tile


Goal: To improve air quality and reduce emissions.