WHAT IS ENVIRONMENT?
Environment is one of the four core pillars that defines Whistler’s community vision within our Official Community Plan. It ensures that we understand our fundamental dependence on the environment—for our health and well-being, and for the success of our tourism-based economy. These can be captured within the following detailed vision characteristics:
We understand, respect and steward natural areas as the foundation of our community, our tourism-based economy and overall human health.
Our development footprint is limited: sensitive ecosystems, wildlife habitat and indigenous biodiversity are healthy, protected and where necessary restored. We support the protection of regional ecosystems, wildlife habitat and agricultural land.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are being systematically eliminated, all energy is derived from renewable sources and we are increasing our resilience to a changing climate.
Natural resources and energy are conserved and we have achieved zero waste. Water sources are protected. Natural materials are selected and synthetic substances and emissions are managed to protect human well-being and ecosystem health.
Where natural areas are accessed and enjoyed for recreation and overall well-being, we do so in a responsible way.