City of Surrey

Canada Mayor: Linda M. Hepner
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    Population 508404
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    Area 316.0
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City of Surrey Climate Adaptation Strategy
City of Surrey Community Energy & Emissions Plan
Compressed Natural Gas Waste Collection Vehicles - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The City is contracting BFI Canada for residential waste collection. Waste is collected using new state-of-the-art automated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks, which emit 23% less carbon emissions and 90% less air particulates, compared to traditional diesel trucks. This new program will service Surrey’s entire residential customer base, which includes a population of roughly 483,000, living in 85,500 single-family dwellings and 14,500 multiple unit residential dwellings.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Kwantlen Sustainability Policy Studies Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City partners with Kwantlen Polytechnic University on its Sustainability Policy Studies Program. A key aspect of the program is a semester-long course that provides students with critical work experience. This past year students worked with the City of Surrey to complete a project on "Green Economies: What does this mean and how can Surrey build one?" Students provided valuable research to further the city's goals laid out in the Sustainability Charter. In return, students are given a unique opportunity to work on real sustainability projects in Surrey, and be mentored by an expert currently working in the field of sustainability policy

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  • Other Emissions
LEED Gold City Centre Library - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: Completed

Action 1 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new buildings. The new state-of-the-art library at City Centre is certified LEED gold and incorporates a number of green features, including a green roof and design for future integration into the new City Centre district energy grid.

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  • Buildings
Official Community Plan Update - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

The Official Community Plan (OCP) is the City's overarching land use policy document. This year's major update has reorganized the OCP around the pillars of sustainability with a major focus on compact, complete communities, sustainable tranportation, energy efficient buildings, district energy infrastructure, and climate adaptation.

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  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Transport
Mobile Inspector Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type:
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The Building Division’s Mobile Inspector Program launched in 2013, helps building inspectors do more work from the road, plan efficient trips, and reduce the number and length of trips made.

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  • Transport
Carbon Neutral Strategy - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Fiscal / Financial mechanism
  • Status: Completed

In September 2007 the City of Surrey signed the BC Climate Action Charter (the “Charter”), voluntarily committing to become carbon neutral by 2012 with respect to corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Instead of investing money into buying carbon offsets, the City will invest in locally-based projects that will reduce carbon emissions in Surrey.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
  • Facilities
  • Transport
  • Waste
Surrey Yard Waste Collection - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status:

Surrey's yard waste collection program has kept this organic material out of the landfill, thereby reducing harmful methane gas. The amount of waste diverted from the landfill has steadily increased (measured against 2006 baseline), and reducing emissions by an average of 2375 tonnes CO2e per year.

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  • Waste
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Green Fire Hall #14 - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Action 1 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new facilities. The new fire hall in Grandview incorporates many unique sustainability features, including a solar hot water system, reduced flow water fixtures, and energy saving lighting systems.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Innovative Energy Reporting & Management System - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Organizational / Governance
  • Status: In operation

The City is in the process of implementing a new financial management system that will automatically collect and report on Surrey’s corporate energy use and corporate GHG emissions. The new system has the capacity to generate more efficient and accurate statistics on energy and fuel consumption and spending and supply.

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  • Buildings
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Workplace Conservation Awareness Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

Action 10 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to encourage energy conservation behaviours in the workplace. Twelve City facilities are participating in the Workplace Conservation Awareness Program, a funded BC Hydro program. Activities to date include benchmarking employee's current energy use behaviours and developing a strategic plan for supporting behaviour change. The program builds awareness and capacity for behaviour change among City employees. It will continue to be expanded in coming years.

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  • Other Emissions
Walking Plan - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The Walking Plan sets out Surrey's vision for the expansion of walking as a safe and convenient transportation choice for the citizens of and visitors to Surrey.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Employee Commuting Survey - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

The City conducted a survey on employee commuting, to generate a baseline for commuting patterns and provide information for a transportation demand management program that will encourage staff to use alternative modes of transportation. A second survey of commuting patterns will be conducted after the move to the new City Hall in 2013.

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  • Transport
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Safe and Active Schools Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The program aims to increase the number of students walking or cycling to school by making their routes safer. There are two parts to the program. The City reviews traffic and pedestrian safety for public and independent elementary and secondary schools in Surrey. The Engineering Department also works with schools each year to find even more ways to increase the number of students walking and cycling to school. The program is being run in 2012 and will continue into the foreseeable future.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Climate Smart Business Training - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: In operation

In 2010, the City partnered with Metro Vancouver and Climate Smart to launch a pilot program engaging 110 small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations acros the region to develop GHG inventories and reduction strategies. In 2011, the City built on this pilot with a 20-SME program. Climate Smart delievered the training program to Surrey-based businesses and organizations as well as City suppliers and will be tracking their progress. The partnership is active this year and will be in subsequent years for the foreseeable future.

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Sectors:
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Transport
  • Waste
Carbon Accounting on Employee Travel Forms - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Organizational / Governance
  • Status: Completed

Employee travel forms now integrate a feature that reports on fuel use for all modes of transportation (e.g. plane, car, etc.), for employee education and enhanced fuel consumption reporting.

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  • Transport
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Community Climate Action Strategy - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

In 2013, the City completed a Community Climate Action Strategy which includes the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) to guide reductions in community energy spending and greenhouse gas emissions in areas such as land use, transportation and buildings; and the Climate Adaption Strategy (CAS) which identifies how the City may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and proposes actions to mitigate risk and cost. Together, these two plans reinforce the City’s broader efforts toward establishing Surrey as a prosperous and resilient 21st century urban centre.

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  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Transport
  • Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
  • Waste
Sustainability Fund - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Fiscal / Financial mechanism
  • Status: In operation

Action 13 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to continue to dedicate funds from the provincial Climate Action Rebate Incentive Program (CARIP) to sustainability related activities. The Sustainability Fund was established using CARIP monies that will be used to support community-based projects that will deliver emissions reductions for the City's carbon neutral goal. Potential projects include a homes energy retrofit program and wetland restoration.

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  • Other Emissions
Employee Sustainable Commuting Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The move to a new City Hall location will provide an opportunity to encourage employees to consider and adopt alternative modes of transportation. A Sustainable Commuting Program will be implemented in the next several months that will include lunch and learns, one-on-one training, end-of-trip cycling facilities, a switch to paid parking at the new City Hall location, and expansion of the City fleet by partnering with a car-share service.

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  • Transport
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Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3) - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The City is participating in a research collaboration between Royal Roads University, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University that brings together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from non-governmental organizations, provincial ministries to identify emerging best practices and innovations in community climate change responses, develop strategies to share policy innovations, facilitate peer-to-peer learning exchanges, and stimulate the widespread knowledge mobilization needed to move communities beyond the changes required by current legislation and policies. Surrey is a case study for the project and is participating in dialogue and peer exchanges to share and learn best practices and strategies for overcoming obstacles to climate action.

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  • Other Emissions
Greenways Plan - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Greenways are multi-use pathways for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users. Greenways provide Surrey residents with an opportunity to walk or cycle to destinations within their community and throughout Surrey.

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  • Transport
Kitchen Organics Waste Collection - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: Completed

The City is contracting BFI Canada to introduce the collection of organic food waste, which will help the City meet its 70 per cent waste diversion objective before 2015. In the future, the organic waste will be delivered to the City’s proposed Organics Biofuel facility, which will process it into fuel to power the waste trucks. Diversion of waste will reduce landfill greenhouse gases. Production of biofuels in the future will assist with transitioning to renewable energy.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Surrey Reuses - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The City partners with the Recycling Council of BC to host SurreyReuses.com, a website where residents and business can sell, trade or give away used or extra items that they would otherwise throw out. The website supports waste reduction and recycling.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
User-Controlled Lighting Systems and Artificial Turf for Major Sports Fields - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The City has implemented user control lighting and artificial turf at a number of outdoor sports
fields and will continue to do so as opportunities arise. These activities have resulted in reduced energy consumption, water use and GHG
emissions. User control lighting gives citizens that are using sports fields the ability to turn lighting on when the field is in use and off when leaving the field. This provides direct benefits in terms of reduced energy consumption and GHG emissions. In addition, the installation of artificial turf on sports fields has led to reduced maintenance requirements for the City,
including less watering, and fewer trucks and equipment needed to maintain fields.

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  • Facilities
Hydrogen Fueling Stations - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Action 6 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to establish an alternative vehicle pilot program. The City installed two hydrogen fueling stations, one at its operations works yard and another at PowerTech labs, to fuel is hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hydrogen is obtained from a local company, as byproduct of their production process, so is relatively clean. Surrey is the only city in Canada to operate a hydrogen fueling station.

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  • Transport
Transportation Lecture Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

In partnership with the City Program - Simon Fraser University (SFU), the City of Surrey Engineering Department offers a unique opportunity for citizens, professionals, and stakeholders to learn more about transportation in Surrey, with topics including: Who’s responsible for different types of transportation and their relationship; how transportation is funded, regionally and locally; how we plan new transportation systems and networks; how we operate and manage our roads; and what the relationship is between transportation and land use, in a growing city like Surrey. The Transportation Lecture Program is the first of its kind in BC. Surrey is promoting this initiative as part of our broader engagement with the community and stakeholders. The program is being offered in 2012 and will continue into the foreseeable future.

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  • Transport
Cycling Skills Workshops in Schools - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: In operation

The City of Surrey has committed to providing bicycle skills training to every grade 4 and 5 student by 2015. The program, which was offered at 25 schools in 2013, will be expanded to all 100 elementary schools over the coming years. The program will be delivered in classrooms by HUB, a local cycling organization with financial support from the City of Surrey.

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  • Transport
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Semiahmoo Library Green Wall - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2000
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Action 1 of the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new facilities. The Semiahmoo Library was built in 2003 and was the City of Surrey’s first LEED Certified building and B.C.’s first LEED Certified library, receiving Silver Certification. It also features the largest outdoor green wall of its kind in North America. The unique design is nearly 3,000 square feet and consists of over 10,000 individual plants representing more than 120 unique species. The green wall is a design feature that helps to lower the library's energy consumption/

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  • Buildings
Organics Collection - Pilot Studies - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

The City piloted two different approaches to organics (food waste) collection to better understand the public acceptance and feasibility of alternative collection programs. The pilots will ultimately inform tendering for waste collection services. By reducing the organic content in waste streams bound for landfills, greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste methane release will be significantly reduced.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
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Energy Retrofits for Civic Facilities - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Action 2 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan (CEAP) is to conduct audit and retrofit activities in City facilities. A number of civic facilities have been audited and retrofited, including two indoor pools, the RCMP headquarters, and a sports and leisure complex. The City has currently hired a contractor to conduct audits of all its facilities and will implement all retrofits that have a simple payback of 7 years or less.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Climate Change Showdown - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City partners with the BC Sustainable Energy Association to deliver Climate Change Showdown workshops to elementary schools across Surrey. The workshops educate students on climate change and energy conservation. After the workshop, students work through a contest with their parents to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, 27 workshops were delivered. This is a continuing program that is being offered this year and will be offered in the foreseeable future.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Surrey District Energy Utility - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The City established Surrey District Energy, a district energy utility whose purposes is to design, construct and operate a district energy system in the City. The utility operates as a business unit within the Engineering Department, to generate greater synergies with other departments and capitlize on existing staff resources and expertise. The utility will manage district energy systems in Surrey and is part of the City's strategy for transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing energy consumption.

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E3 Gold Fleet Rating - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Action 5 of the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to continue implementation of green fleet management activities. The City achieved a gold rating through the E3 (Energy, Environment and Excellence) Fleet Rating, Canada’s only green fleet rating and certification program for both private and public sector fleets.
The City of Surrey is one of four municipal and corporate fleets in the country to receive an E3 Fleet Gold Rating. The rating recognizes the City's reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an investment in low or no-carbon vehicles and energy efficient technologies, as well as a commitment to staff development and management excellence.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
City of Surrey Cycling Plan - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

In July 2012, a new comprehensive City of Surrey Cycling Plan was approved; it focuses on four key principles: expanding and improving the on- and off-street cycling network; increasing the availability, quality and variety of end-of-trip facilities; keeping the network safe, visible, and in good condition; and promoting safe cycling as a healthy, fun, affordable and sustainable way to travel. The City’s overall investment in cycling infrastructure is now close to 14% of the total transportation budget.

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  • Transport
LEED Gold Certification for New City Hall - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Action 1 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new buildings. Surrey is moving its City Hall from South Surrey to City Centre, as part of its commitment to building a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown core. The building is aiming for LEED Gold certification and will include a new City Plaza celebration site capable of accommodating up to 5,000 people. The two projects will act as a catalyst to stimulate further private sector investment and job creation. The new facility also includes a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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  • Buildings
Crosswalk Installation Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year:
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The program installs crosswalks in response to citizen suggestions to improve pedestrian safety, and to get people walking in the city, as part of our Walking Plan and Transportation Strategic Plan. The program evaluates whether suggested locations have sufficient usage and are where drivers would expect to stop. It focuses on protecting the highly vulnerable and young children close to schools. The program is being offered this year and will be offered in the foreseeable future.

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  • Transport
Modo Car Share Program with Fleet - City of Surrey
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The City has partnered with modo, a car sharing organization, to offer car sharing services within its Fleet with vehicles also available to the public off hours.

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  • Transport
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Alternative Fuel Requirement at New Gas Stations - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

City Council passed a bylaw that requires all new gas stations to include alternative fuel sources such as a level-three electric vehicle charging station, compressed natural gas, hydrogen or propane.
The bylaw is intended to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the growing use of alternative vehicles in the community.

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  • Transport
City Centre District Energy System and Utility - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

In 2013, the City Centre District Energy Utility prepared to open the geo-exchange field for the New City Hall, which will also serve the City Centre Library. District Energy system expansion plans are also underway for the King George node – including partnership opportunities with Surrey Memorial Hospital – as well as in the Gateway and Surrey Central nodes. The district energy system is part of the City's strategy for transitioning to renewable energy and reducing energy consumption.

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Sectors:
  • Commercial
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Energy Monitoring System - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

Action 4 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to develop ongoing energy management activities. The City is currently developing software to collect energy use data from its civic buildings. The current Direct Digital Control systems have the capability to monitor energy use but software is needed to collect and report on the data. As a pilot, the City installed a Pulse Energy monitoring system for electricity and gas metering at Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex. The system established some baseline data prior to the construction of heat recovery systems. After completion of commissioning the new mechanical systems in late 2011, the City will be able to monitor changes in energy consumption in detail to measure the impact of the upgrades and heat recovery.

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  • Buildings
Rapid Transit Study - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

TransLink and the Province of B.C. are leading the Surrey Rapid Transit Study in partnership with Metro Vancouver, the City of Surrey and the City of Langley. Rapid transit planning is critical to reducing transportation-related emissions as Surrey continues to grow. In 2010, using feedback from stakeholders and technical analysis, TransLink and the City of Surrey identified 10 alternatives for future rapid transit expansion for Surrey and surrounding communities. In 2011, the public was consulted on the design assumptions of the 10 alternatives and their benefits and impacts. Technical work is nearing completion and results will then be presented to decision makers at TransLink and the Province to select a preferred alternative. The selected alternative will be designed in detail, and potential phasing and a timeline for implementation will be created.

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  • Transport
Community Energy and Emissions Plan - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The Surrey Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP) tackles the twin challenges of climate change and energy insecurity. It provides long-term direction with a 2040 horizon as well as short-term actionable strategies that support the City’s Sustainability Charter and reinforce diverse core community priorities. The Plan builds on existing City policies and makes recommendations to strengthen climate and energy integration into ongoing municipal activity. The Plan maximizes synergies with a complementary Climate Adaptation Strategy.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Transport
  • Waste
local action
Enhanced Vehicle Mileage Reporting - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City's vehicle mileage reporting forms now allow individuals to select vehicle type, which will enhance fuel consumption reporting.

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  • Transport
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Alternative Energy Fleet Vehicles - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

Action 6 in the CIty's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to establish an alternative vehicle pilot program. Procurement of alternative energy fleet vehicles is an on-going action. In 2011, the City purchased its first 100% Original Equipment Manufacturing electric vehicle and its first electric vehicle conversion truck. It also acquired four hydrogen fuel trucks, three zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicles, and a Compressed Natural Gas refuse collection vehicle

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  • Transport
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The City installed 14 electric vehicle Level 2 charging stations and one DC Fast-Charge station at eight civic locations, as part of a new Metro Vancouver program to establish a network of 75-150 charging stations throughout the region. The charging systems will provide necessary infrastructure to support the growing use of electric vehicles in the community. 11 of the stations will be available to the public, and four will be used for City fleet vehicles.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Sustainability Dashboard - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

The Sustainability Dashboard is an online platform that tracks and shares the City’s progress toward sustainability. The Dashboard's interactive charts and maps help community members and stakeholders gauge progress toward implementation of the targets and indicators set out in Surrey's Sustainability Charter. The indicators were developed in partnership with community members and stakeholders.

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  • Other Emissions
Clean Tech Action on Energy - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

Through incentives and innovative initiatives, the City is creating an environment to encourage and inspire clean tech businesses to take root and grow here in Surrey, with the goal of creating a clean energy hub of clean technology businesses and research. The purpose of the hub would be to catalyze and support the City and the region's transition to a clean energy future.

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Large Item Recycling Pick-Up Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2005
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

To encourage recycling of large items that are often dumped illegally on park land, residents can leave up to four large items (e.g. furniture, stoves, washers, dryers, mattresses, and small household goods) at the curbside for pick-up per year. This is a continuing program.

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  • Waste
Fleet Vehicle LIfe Cycle Analysis Tool - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

Action 5 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to continue implementation of green fleet management activities. The City is partnering with the School of Mechatronics at the Simon Fraser University to develop a tool that compares low carbon vehicles with conventional gas and diesel vehicles from a triple bottom-line perspective. The tool will enable the City to make fleet purchases in the future that balances environmental performance with economic considerations.

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  • Transport
Multi-Unit Residential Ambassador Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: In operation

The year-long pilot project focuses on educating and saving residents money while meeting the City’s commitment to sustainability, with the added benefit of creating opportunities for youth employment and skills development. The project will engage residents in 15 multi-family buildings on ways they can increase waste diversion and and conserve water and energy.

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  • Residential
  • Waste
City Centre District Energy System Bylaw and Early Adopters Policy - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: Completed

Council adopted the District Energy System Bylaw (No. 17667), which sets new requirements for in-building mechanical systems for development projects and includes an Early Adopters Policy that provides repayable financial aisstance to eligible proponents of residential projects to install hydronic heating and hot systems that are immediately connectable to the district energy system. The bylaw supports the implementation and financial success of the City Centre district energy system.

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LED Traffic Lights - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Action 8 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to evaluate and implement street-lighting alternatives. The City has installed 320 traffic signals equipped with LED signal heads since 2002. Engineering Department has conducted studies on the cost/benefit of implementing LED street lighting and adaptive LED roadway lighting in place of high pressure sodium (HPS) cobra heads. The City is now testing different LED streetlight brands.

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  • Facilities
Traffic Calming Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2004
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City’s traffic calming program is designed to allow vehicles to travel at speeds that are appropriate based on the speed limit on local roads. Citizens can request an evaluation of their lane, school zone, or local residential road to assess opportunities for and implement traffic calming measures. The program is being run this year and will be offered in the foreseeable future.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Energy Efficient Equipment Replacement - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Action 3 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to include alternative energy evaluation in replacement, renovation, and maintenance activities. Whenever equipment needs to be replaced, the City uses the opportunity to assess whether alternative energy or innovative technologies can be used and/or purchases the most energy efficient equipment available. In 2011, the aging chillers in City Hall were replaced with high efficiency models, resulting in significant reductions in energy use.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Organics Biofuel Facility - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

To maximize the benefit derived from curb side organic waste collection (kitchen and yard waste), the City will establish a bio-fuel facility in Surrey to process this waste into a carbon neutral fuel source. The facility will also accept commercial food waste from within the Metro Vancouver area. Diversion of organic waste from landfills will assist the Region in achieving the goal of 70% waste diversion by 2015. Surrey’s organic waste diverted from landfill will also reduce the City’s GHG impact to the environment. This reduction will effectively offset the City’s carbon footprint. A private partner will be chosen to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility in a long-term agreement. An open Request for Qualifications process is expected to be released by the City early in 2013, followed by a subsequent invitation to short-listed proponents to participate in a Request for Proposal in the spring of 2013.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
High School Climate Challenge - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City is partnering with Clean Air Champions to offer the High School Climate Challenge program, which provides high school communities with the tools to assess and reduce their school’s carbon footprint and contribute to climate change solutions and sustainable schools. The program is being offered this year and will continue to be offered be in subsequent years for the foreseeable future.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Backyard Composting Program - City of Surrey
  • Start year:
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

The City subsidizes backyard composters to encouarge residents to compost their yard waste and organics.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
EnergyShift Campaign - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

To raise public awareness of and interest in climate change and energy issues, the City launched ENERGYShift, an integrated framework that catalyzes clean energy and low carbon solutions through community action, corporate operations and clean tech business. The City launched a web portal in 2011 to provide information and updates on related plans, projects and initiatives and uses the ENERGYshift brand in all climate and energy related communications.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Solar Community - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The City became a Solar Community under the SolarBC Program. This program provides a small grant to communities selected to help City’s contribute to transforming the market for solar hot water (SHW) systems in BC. As part of this work, the City has been investigating the merits of a bylaw to require SHW readiness. The City will also undertake community outreach on SHW, train staff in SHW approvals, and undertake other market transformation initiatives. To lead by example, the City has installed SHW on its Fire Hall and other City buildings.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
local action
Sustainable Development Checklist - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: In operation

The Sustainable Development Checklist helps residents, builders and developers consider, highlight and develop projects that are in line with sustainable land use and building design. The Checklist provides a consistent 'sustainability-focused' review of development applications and raises awareness in the development industry of the benefits of applying sustainable best management practices. The first phase of the Checklist applies to land development applications. The second stage will apply to building permit applications.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Climate Change Floodplain Review - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

A study is underway to better understand how the City of
Surrey’s coastal floodplains may be affected by projected
sea level rise and estimated ground subsidence rates. The
majority of the city drains either through the Nicomekl or
Serpentine Rivers, both tidally influenced. A series of longterm
simulations will quantify the combined impact of sea
level rise, storm surges and rainfall on low-lying areas. Study
outcomes will be used to develop a Climate Adaptation
Strategy for these areas.

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local action
Development Permit Areas - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: In operation

The new (draft) Official Community Plan (OCP) will feature two new Development Permit Areas (DPAs): a Sensitive Ecosystem DPA that will help guide development to: a) more effectively protect and enhance ecosystems in line with Surrey’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, and b) protect Riparian Areas from development encroachment; and a Hazard Lands DPA intended to direct appropriate development types and forms in those areas at risk from flooding and steep slope hazards.

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Crescent Beach Climate Adaptation Strategy Addressing Drainage Concerns - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2008
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The City prepared a Climate Change Adaptation Study for the Crescent Beach area. Climate change, tidal fluctuations, seasonal groundwater fluctuations, land subsidence, redevelopment and densification, and inadequate and aging drainage infrastructure are impacting area, resulting in poor drainage conditions. Key items in the study included the relationship of tides and groundwater patterns, rate of ocean level rising and also local area subsidence. This study represents the City’s first initiative towards understanding and developing strategies to adapt to climate change.

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Sea Level Rise Study - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

The City is undertaking a comprehensive study on how future climatic conditions will affect sea level rise in Surrey. This work is contributing to the development of the City's Climate Adaptation Plan.

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local action
Tree Canopy Study - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

This study calculated Surrey’s tree canopy in 2001 and 2009, projected how the tree canopy will change over time if current practices continue, and prepared a set of strategic recommendations for improving the future tree canopy. Recommendations focus on maximizing the benefits of the tree canopy through changes which can practically be achieved within the City. This study provides valuable data for developing the Climate Adaptation Plan and Ecosystem Management Plan.

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Integrated Stormwater Management Plans - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

The City is completing Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs) for each watershed in Surrey. An ISMP is intended to balance the land use needs with the natural values and functions of the watershed. When completed and implemented, they will prepare for potential climate change-related drainage and flooding concerns as well as protect or restore riparian and aquatic habitats and maintain or remediate water quality objectives.

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Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM) - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 1999
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping, or SHIM, is an ecosystem-based mapping technique that focuses on the conservation and preservation of aquatic habitats and their riparian areas. SHIM maps watercourses with a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and marks the location of notable features such as culverts, obstructions, wetlands, vegetation, erosion points, fish sightings, etc. To date, the City has completed SHIM studies in seven of Surrey's watersheds. Work is on-going and will continue into the foreseeable future.

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Biodiversity Conservation Strategy - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

The Surrey Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (BCS) will be a policy framework that will clearly establish biodiversity goals and targets and conservation priorities for the City of Surrey. It will contain recommendations for policies and regulatory tools that will be used to manage the City of Surrey’s biodiversity and will result in information that will assist in the development, updating and implementation of the Sustainability Charter and the Climate Adaptation Plan.

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Climate Adaptation Strategy - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Surrey has developed a Climate Adaptation Strategy to ensure our long-term resilience and prepare for climate change impacts. The Adaptation Strategy builds on existing policies and initiatives and will help the City anticipate and respond to changes in Flood management and drainage; Infrastructure; Ecosystems and natural areas; Urban trees and landscaping; Human health and safety; and Agriculture and food security. The Climate Adaptation Strategy is one of two complementary plans that form Surrey's Community Climate Action Strategy (CCAS).
The strategy was developed
with support from ICLEI: Local Governments for
Sustainability and follows their five-milestone process: initiate;
research; plan; implement; and monitor.

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Sectors:
  • Human health
Ecosystem Management Study - City of Surrey
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

The Ecosystem Management Study (EMS) is a science-based study to identify and map the Green Infrastructure Network (GIN) in the City of Surrey. The EMS provides: a mapping inventory of environmental features and ecological assets; a mapping inventory of vegetation types and structures; a delineation of a City-wide GIN into Ecosystem Hugs, Sites and Corridors; a GIN ecosystem valuation of Hugs and Corridos; and management strategies to support the GIN. The EMS provides valuable data for developing the Climate Adaptation Plan and will be instrumental in implementing ecosystem-related adaptation actions.

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Inventories
Community inventories

The City of Surrey has reported 3 Community emission inventories, since 2007. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2014, the Transport, Stationary energy and Waste management are identified as key emission sources.

GHG emission from City of Surrey
GHG inventory in 2014
Government operations inventory

The City of Surrey has reported 5 government operational inventories, since 2009. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2013, the Transport is identified as key emission source.

GHG emission from City of Surrey
GHG inventory in 2013

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Mayor Linda M. Hepner
City of Surrey, Canada

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Initiative

Earth Hour City Challenge 2013-2014
Compact of Mayors - ICLEI
Earth Hour City Challenge 2012-2013
MXCP Signatories
Durban Adaptation Charter
Earth Hour City Challenge

Status of compliance

Compact of Mayors
full compliance
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