Sustainability is most commonly defined as 'meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. The City of Maple Ridge is making steps towards a stronger tomorrow by completing projects and initiatives that strengthen the sustainability of our community. In this section you will find some of the completed, ongoing and upcoming projects in our community. These projects have addressed various components of sustainability including economic, social and environmental issues.

About Sustainability in Maple Ridge

At the City of Maple Ridge, we are committed to serving our residents in a manner that ensures prosperity for both present and future generations. Current challenges facing our City include mitigating and adapting to the effects of present and future climate change, addressing challenges our residents face with regards to homelessness and unemployment, and sustainably developing food, water and infrastructure services necessary to meet the needs of a growing urban population.

To address these challenges, the City is taking action through several corporate and community initiatives. However, we cannot do it alone. In order to meet the City's sustainability goals, we need cooperation and effort from all of our residents. Together, we can work towards Maple Ridge's vision of a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable community now, and in the future.

The City of Maple Ridge recognizes its important role in ensuring the sustainability of the City, as it is responsible for many decisions that influence the community's impact on the planet. These decisions include managing land use, water, waste and other municipal services, as well as the infrastructure required to provide these services. The City of Maple Ridge, therefore, has significant jurisdiction over making changes that can support sustainability through both infrastructure and policy changes.

Climate Action Plan

The City of Maple Ridge is developing a Climate Action Plan to prepare for and address the risks and effects of a changing climate while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The plan will assess the connections between reducing emissions while building adaptive approaches that support the liveability and economy of the city in response to climate impacts. 

The plan and respective actions are being developed through collaboration involving many different municipal departments, interest holders including other levels of government, First Nations, health and social agencies, businesses, and public input. The City plans to build the Climate Action Plan to ensure that we are prepared for whatever climate challenges are occurring now and in the years to come.