YVR has become the first airport in the world to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. This certification acknowledges our ongoing efforts and commitment to transform land and water management practices, to protect Fraser River water quality and enhance the habitat so Pacific salmon continue to thrive.
Salmon-Safe is active across British Columbia, Oregon and Washington. Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council co-manage Salmon-Safe in British Columbia, in partnership with Salmon-Safe Inc. in Portland.
To certify YVR, a team of independent Salmon-Safe experts conducted preliminary meetings and operational reviews at the airport, looking into our stormwater management, landscaping practices, water conservation plans and wildlife and pest management.
Our airport has stunning views of sea, sky and land, but with Salmon-Safe, you are assured we’re working to protect not only the view, but our impact on the natural world. In fact, YVR has set out be a leader in airport sustainability. Our 2015-2019 Environmental Management Plan lays our ambitious five-year environmental targets:
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent
divert 50 per cent of waste from landfill
reduce potable water consumption by 30 per cent
It’s not easy being green (or being the first), but it’s well worth the effort.