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Being a Leader in Sustainability

YVR is a committed business, community and environmental leader and in 2016 we continued to integrate sustainability into our planning and operations.

YVR’s Master Plan

Community engagement should be purposeful, creative and mutually beneficial—and YVR demonstrated this in 2016 with Phase 2 development of its Master Plan. To ensure we set no limits on innovation, we enlisted the services of futurist Nikolas Badminton who, together with YVR’s CEO Craig Richmond, inspired the community to describe its future airport. Nikolas and Craig sparked the public’s imagination with fantastical ideas such as vertical gardens and floating robotics. And you responded—through YVR’s Master Plan website, at various meetings and through our communications channels—with great suggestions, including more air services, improved green space and a better focus on technology, to name just a few.

  • 162 surveys completed
  • 16,900 visitors to
  • 40 million impressions
  • 700 people engaged
    • 23 stakeholder meetings
    • 4 public workshops
    • 1 open house
    • 5 roadshow stops
  • 38 media stories

Learn more about YVR’s Master Plan including Phase 2 consultation results at

Community Chill Out

YVR hosted its first Community Chill Out Day this past summer at Larry Berg Flight Path Park and it was a huge success! Almost 2,000 people attended the free family event, which included entertainment, activities and opportunities to interact with our community investment partners. We look forward to hosting this popular event again in 2017 and hope to see you there.

Environmental Management Plan: Year 2

2016 marked the second year of YVR’s five-year Environmental Management Plan. This ambitious plan sets aggressive 2020 targets to reduce emissions, waste and potable water consumption, while improving ecosystem health.

In 2016 YVR diverted 51 per cent of its terminal waste, which exceeds the 2020 target of 50 per cent! There are many great programs and initiatives that led to this success, including:

Waste Wars

1st Place - North America Environmental Achievement Award

For the second year, YVR promoted its waste reduction efforts and targets through the Waste Wars program. During April and May, we paid surprise visits to food and beverage tenants, inspecting recycling and waste bins to ensure proper sorting and recycling habits. The program had a 100 per cent participation rate and received industry-wide recognition, winning the 2016 Airports Council International – North America Environmental Achievement Award for the Outreach, Education and Community Involvement category and an Honourable Mention from Airports Going Green.

1st Place – Thai Hang & Vino Volo (Transborder)

3rd Place – Subway (Transborder)

Salmon-Safe Certification

In June, YVR became the first airport in the world to achieve Salmon-Safe certification, a key milestone that fulfills one of our 2020 environmental targets. A team of independent experts conducted preliminary meetings and operational reviews to certify YVR, looking into stormwater management, landscaping practices, water conservation plans and wildlife and pest management. This certification acknowledges YVR’s ongoing efforts and commitment to transform land and water management practices, protect the Fraser River water quality and enhance the habitat so Pacific salmon continue to thrive.

District Energy Building

To better meet the airport’s energy needs while improving sustainability, YVR is developing a new District Energy building, known as the CORE Project. Located near YVR’s Parkade, this building will centralize and consolidate YVR’s energy needs under one roof—and will include a range of sustainability features, including a GeoExchange plant, which will be a major component of our plan to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. We will complete the Project Definition Report in 2017 and will work towards the construction phase, with an estimated completion date of 2021.

Hybrid Buses

Every year, YVR replaces aging vehicles with more efficient choices. In 2016 we introduced six new hybrid diesel electric buses to service jetSet and employee parking operations. The new buses, which are 30 per cent more fuel efficient, saved over 70,000 litres of diesel—leading to a 34 per cent decrease in consumption compared to 2015.

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