Environmental Services

The City of Chilliwack is committed to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. The Environmental Services Section oversees a wide variety of programs and initiatives involving waste management, biodiversity, air and water quality, and climate change.  In addition to sustainable City operations, our programs foster community and individual responsibility in environmental protection and enhancement.

This website contains information about our responsibilities and details ways that you can get involved in the City's environmental programs.

Agriculture and the Environment

As an agricultural community, the City of Chilliwack partners with agriculture to ensure environmental sustainability.

Air Quality

Air quality and Climate Change are inter-related issues. This webpage provides information about sources of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in Chilliwack, and ways that you can help to improve our air quality and reduce your carbon footprint.

Air Quality Health Index | Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program | Idle-Free | Radon Testing | Waste Incineration | What actions can be taken to protect our air? | Wood Burning

Alternatives to Pesticides

Pesticides are among the most widely-used chemicals in the world, but are also among the most hazardous to human health, sometimes causing serious acute and chronic health effects. Alternatives to pesticides are generally more appropriate and less harmful to humans and the environment in the long run. Making a difference in the environment can begin in our own backyards!

Climate Change

The Earth's climate is changing rapidly. There are ways that we can help prevent climate change in our everyday life such as limiting greenhouse gases, and conserving energy. Click here for more information on how to do your part in preventing climate change.

City Climate Actions | Corporate and Community Climate Action Plans | Energy and Greenhouse Gases | Energy Conservation

Composting

Information and tips on composting.

Contaminated Sites

Certain development activities on commercial and industrial land may trigger provincial requirements for identifying and cleaning up contaminated sites.

Get Involved! Green Initiatives

The City undertakes a multitude of Green Initiatives to keep our community naturally beautiful. There are many ways you can get involved.

Adopt a Program | April is Earth Month | City-Wide Garage Sale | Event Recycling | Food Recovery and Donation | Go By Bike | Household Hazardous Waste Day | Natural Yard Care | Storm Drain Marking | Sustainability Tips | Waste Reduction Month

Wildlife

Chilliwack is home to range of wildlife from Barn Owls and Sockeye Salmon to Oregon Forest Snails.

Be Bear Aware | Gardening for Nature | Guided Nature Sessions | Invasive species | Species at Risk | Urban Forests | Wild Salmon

Links & Contact Info

Several different levels of government work towards preserving the community's environment. Links and contact information can be found here.