As a visitor to Whistler, you may notice many community groups, volunteer
organizations and associations that are actively working to educate the public and
protect the wildlife and land that we are here to enjoy. Check out our Events listings for local outings, lecture series and fundraisers.
Everyone is always welcome to attend even if you are here just for a weekend.
Here are just a few of the Whistler community's recent environmental initiatives and
- Whistler2020 is the community's shared vision and plan for continued
success to the year 2020 - and an ambitious step on the longer journey to a
sustainable future. Rooted in Whistler's values and a science-based approach to
sustainability, Whistler2020 is long-term, comprehensive, community-developed,
community-implemented and action-focused. To review the vision, the plan, and broad
spectrum of local sustainability performance indicators visit whistler2020.ca.
- Lower Cheakamus Neighbourhood District Energy System — An
in-progress project that will see a district energy system employ 'waste' energy from
Whistler's wastewater treatment plant to meet the space and hot water needs of all of
the dwellings in the new Lower Cheakamus neighbourhood. Current estimates of
potential greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions versus typical construction are 60
to 70 per cent.
- Hydrogen Bus Fleet — Whistler boasts one of the world's largest fleets of hydrogen fuel buses. The hydrogen cell buses are quiet, emission free and can be raised and lowered via hydraulics for improved accesibility. Whistler has one of the highest riders per capita in British Columbia, and the 20 fuel cell buses have been a welcome addition to the fleet since their debut at the 2010 Olympic Games.
- Whistler Green — A 'green' building standard and associated
checklist has been developed in Whistler, with energy efficiency standing as a
cornerstone. Whistler Green homes will set a new standard for residential
construction and serve as a model for the community.
- Partners For Climate Protection Program — Whistler was recognized
as an environmental leader in the country, as the first community in Canada to have
completed the final milestone in the Partners for Climate Protection Program (PCP)
developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the International Council for
Local Environmental Initiatives.
(Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) is a membership
organization whose mandate is to improve the quality of life by protecting Whistler's
natural heritage. Each summer, AWARE presents the Whistler Environmental Business
(WEB) Awards to highlight and encourage local leaders in environmental stewardship
and promote sustainable business practices.
- WORCA (Whistler Off Road
Cycling Association) is dedicated to maintaining Whistler's bike trails. They
sponsor trail maintenance programs and educate riders on the importance of preserving
and maintaining the trails while riding.
- Whistler Museum & Archives takes an active
role in the cultural and natural stewardship of Whistler and the surrounding
- Environmental Tourism Award — Whistler Blackcomb was honoured with
the 2007 Environmentally Responsible Tourism Award at the annual BC Tourism Awards
gala. The award recognized Whistler Blackcomb for its commitment to developing high
levels of environmental and social stewardship programs through its Environmental
Management System, in place since 1992.