The integrity of Whistler’s natural environment is closely tied to our success as a community and tourist destination. With this in mind, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has developed policies, programs and public education to protect and maintain our natural environment.
To help guide the RMOW's journey toward a more sustainable future, the Whistler community developed an ambitious vision, process, and planning approach known as Whistler2020.
Whistler has committed to a 33 per cent reduction in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Learn about the initiatives in Whistler, energy performance at the RMOW and energy saving tips.
Cheakamus Community Forest
The Cheakamus Community Forest actively works with local stakeholders to develop forest harvesting and management plans that benefit the larger community.
Whistler received the designation as a Bear Smart Community, and is committed to incorporating long-term bear smart practices into the community’s waste infrastructure, educational programs and residents’ lifestyles.
The RMOW works to preserve the air quality in Whistler through the Sea to Sky Air Quality Management Plan, regularl monitoring and strategic bylaws.
Water quality in Whistler is maintained through monitoring of streams, lakes and beaches, as well as a stormwater management plan.
Whistler’s Invasive Species Management Plan is part of the RMOW’s overall strategy to minimize the spread of non-invasive plants that have a negative ecological, social or economic impact.
Whistler’s policies and initiatives to protect the environment include the Fitzsimmons Fan Delta bird sanctuary and aiding the annual toad migration in Lost Lake Park.
Manager, Environmental Stewardship