Environmental Strategy: Building a greener capital

The NCC’s Environmental Strategy, developed in 2009, provides a framework for environmental leadership in Canada’s Capital Region. The strategy identifies measurable goals and objectives centred around five key action areas that will have tangible and lasting impacts on the environment.

Updating and renewing the Environmental Strategy

The NCC’s Board of Directors approved an update to the NCC’s Environmental Strategy: Building a Greener Capital (2009–2017) in November 2013. The update reflects our renewed mandate and the priorities of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

The current strategy expires on March 31, 2018. We are currently updating the strategy and will be working with our many partners who share our environmental management vision for the region.

Guiding principles

The Environmental Strategy is guided by four core principles:

  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership by example
  • Continuous improvement

Environmental Strategy action areas

The strategy defines five action areas that align with the NCC’s core business. Each area for action has ambitious objectives with clear, concrete, measurable targets.

  1. Reduce waste
    Reduce the waste going to landfill from all aspects of the NCC’s business.
  2. Protect biodiversity
    Provide greater protection for biodiversity on NCC lands.
  3. Prevent pollution
    Show leadership in preventing pollution of lands, groundwater and surface water.
  4. Lead in environmental practices
    Use leading environmental practices in planning, transportation, buildings and watershed management.
  5. Combat climate change
    Reduce the carbon footprint of all aspects of the NCC’s business.

Highlights of the NCC’s accomplishments in 2015–2016

  • All waste generated on the Rideau Canal Skateway was properly sorted and processed: 3.8 tonnes of materials were recycled and composted, and only 1.6 tonnes of waste were sent to landfill.
  • A three-year natural resource stewardship program was established to improve the management of species at risk and invasive species, and restore natural environments and ecosystems.
  • The Status Report on Gatineau Park Ecosystems was developed to provide an overview of the health of Gatineau Park ecosystems.
  • A new day shelter was built at Renaud Lake in Gatineau Park from locally sourced wood. The shelter’s orientation and high-performance envelope allows for passive solar heating.
  • Thirty-four percent of the NCC’s vehicle fleet was replaced with energy-efficient vehicles.