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The City of Powell River is committed to a sustainable future. For us, a sustainable community is one with a robust, resilient economy supporting a strong, equitable, inclusive society, and within a highly functioning natural environment. It is about living well today while preparing for the future.

The following reports outline our approach to sustainability:

Sustainability Charter

The City worked with the Tla’amin First Nation, Powell River Regional District, School District 47, Vancouver Island University, and many local citizens and volunteer organizations in 2007 to develop the Sustainability Charter.  Approximately 300 community members attended a 2007 event.  Working groups were established to set out specific social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability, as well as the development of a community vision statement.  The Sustainability Charter is a product of these efforts. 

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

The City of Powell River’s 2015 Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) outlines this vision to set the future direction for our community. The ICSP, along with our Sustainable Official Community Plan, is the umbrella document that guides other policies and plans.

Community & Corporate Energy and Emissions Plans

City of Powell River joined the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program in May 2012. Check out our Climate Action page to learn more about why we are doing this work.

The City has achieved milestone 3 of 5 for both corporate and community-wide performance for having completed energy and emissions plans that outline specific steps for reducing energy use and emissions:

City of Powell River Council has adopted the Bicycle Network Strategy, a plan that provides a complete all ages and abilities bicycle network connecting the entire community. The Bicycle Network Strategy supports the Official Community Plan.