Sustainability & Environment

Municipal Initiatives

Check out some of Esquimalt's recent sustainability initiatives.

Big Belly Trash Compactor

Esquimalt has been using Big Belly solar-powered trash compactors since 2007. The trash compactors hold five to 10 times the amount of garbage as regular garbage cans, which means that they reduce the number of collection trips required by municipal staff, they eliminate overflowing waste in high-volume areas, and they improve service levels for residents.


Esquimalt has designated bike lanes along Esquimalt Road and Craigflower Road. Download a DRAFT of the Cycling Riders Map.

Members of staff and Council have been participating in Bike to Work Week for several years. The Township supports staff cycling year-round by providing a safe bike lock-up, covered bike racks, showers, and access to Recreation Centre facilities.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Report

CARIP is a conditional grant program that provides funding to Climate Action Charter (Charter) signatories equivalent to 100 percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. In 2013, the Township of Esquimalt received a CARIP grant of $28,201. This funding supports local governments in their efforts to reduce GHG emissions and move forward on achieving their Charter goals.

As a signatory to the Climate Action Charter, the Township of Esquimalt is committed to: 
(1) Making progress towards becoming carbon neutral in its operations;
(2) Measuring and reporting on the community’s GHG emissions; and
(3) Creating a complete, compact, and energy-efficient community.

Please click here to download the 2014 CARIP Report.

Previous Reports:   2013 CARIP Report 
2012 CARIP Report
  2011 CARIP Report 

Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI)

The CEEI reports community-wide energy use and emissions from on-road transportation, buildings and solid waste.

Please click here to download the 2010 CEEI Report


In Spring 2010, the Township partnered with the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre to put on composting workshops and sell subsidized composting bins. The program has now ended. There are a number of options for households and businesses who wish to divert their food scraps from the landfill by composting. More 

Community Gardens

In December 2009, Council established a Community Gardens Task Force to look at opportunities for a community garden in the municipality. Anderson Park, located on Colville Road across from Esquimalt High School, was chosen as the first site. The garden is managed by the Esquimalt Community Gardens Society. More

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

In March 2013, a public Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station was opened at the Esquimalt Municipal Hall and Public Library parking lot. Use of the station will be complimentary but convenience fees may be collected in the future as the demand for the service increases. More

Environmental Advisory Committee

The Environmental Advisory Committee provides recommendations and advice to Council about activities and policies to promote environmental restoration, stewardship, and sustainability. More 

Green Building and Development Policy

The Township of Esquimalt embraces the principles of sustainable design and development for public and private developments, and encourages the use of green building technologies and practices in developments within Esquimalt.  Download the Green Building and Development Policy.

Green Building Checklist

The purpose of this Checklist is to make property owners and developers aware of specific green features that can be included in new developments to reduce their carbon footprints to help create a more sustainable community. Download the Green Building Checklist.

Pedestrian Charter

In 2007, Esquimalt Council adopted a Pedestrian Charter, making Esquimalt the first community in British Columbia to take this important step to recognize and prioritize the rights of pedestrians in our community. Download the Pedestrian Charter.

Pesticide Use Reduction Bylaw

Esquimalt is taking action to reduce pesticide use in our community by adopting a Pesticide Use Reduction Bylaw, which prohibits the non-essential use of pesticides from residential properties. More

Esquimalt Parks Department has also been a leader in pesticide reduction. The department uses only environmentally-friendly soap and vinegar-based products to control weeds and uses insects, such as ladybugs and tiny predatory wasps to manage aphids and mites in all park areas. The Public Works Department has also started to use high pressure steam, rather than Round-up to target weeds in sidewalks.

Solar Hot Water System

In 2010, a domestic solar hot water system was installed on the Municipal Hall. It is anticipated the system will save 20 kg of greenhouse gases a year. More

Sustainability Strategic Plan

A draft Sustainability Strategic Plan was developed in September 2007 by Holland Barrs Planning Group in consultation with members of staff and Council. Download the Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Tap by Tap

In March 2012 owners and property managers of multi-unit residential buildings in Esquimalt had an opportunity to tap into savings by taking part in the ‘Tap By Tap’ program. The Township of Esquimalt, in partnership with City Green Solutions and the CRD Climate Action Service, provided 'Tap by Tap' energy and water saving kits which included low flow shower heads, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators. Each individual housing unit in a multi-unit residential building can save up to 58,000 litres of water each year and reduce annual water heating bills by up to $112. For more information about the Tap by Tap program please visit .

Urban Hens

Esquimalt allows the keeping of up to four [4] “Urban Hens” on any parcel zoned for Single Family Residential Use. “Urban Hens” means female fowl kept for the purpose of laying eggs for food and does not include any fowl kept for breeding purposes. More

For more information, please contact:
Marlene Lagoa, Community Development Coordinator
Tel: 250-414-7114 


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Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging NOW OPEN! Public EV Charging Station at Municipal Hall & Library.