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Sustainability

We are committed to environmental and social responsibility while delivering our housing programs and services. 

At BC Housing sustainability is a key part of our business strategy. We recognize that our actions impact on local communities and ecosystems across the province. BC Housing's sustainability plan livegreen provides a roadmap to help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our environmental footprint. Nearly a decade into our livegreen journey we continue to deliver on our core mandate while reducing environmental impacts.

Livegreen

BC Housing's livegreen strategy is guided by 3 pillars

Integrated Decisions

Integration of financial, social and environmental considerations in planning and decision making.

Housing Excellence

Innovation in the design, construction renovation and management of housing

Change Agent

Guiding and supporting others in taking actions towards sustainability.

   Download livegreen sustainability plan 2016/2017

Strategy to action

Here are three examples of how we're delivering on our sustainability plan. Learn more about our initiatives and results by downloading the 2015/2016 livegreen Sustainability Report and the Carbon Neutral Report.

Pillar 1:
integrated decisions

Integrate sustainable objectives into procurement

Percentage of procurements, (e.g. request for proposals) that include sustainability in the evaluation criteria

target exceeded
Pillar 2:
housing excellence

GHG emissions: buildings

Percentage reduction in GHGs from all buildings owned or leased by BC Housing (2005 baseline)

target exceeded
Pillar 3:
change agent

Leadership in sustainability and residential construction

Number of province-wide seminars on energy efficiency, durability and sustainability related topics delivered to licensed residential builders and other industry stakeholders

target exceeded

   Download livegreen sustainability report 2015/2016
   Download 2015 Carbon Neutral Action Report

Core principles

BC Housing defines sustainability using four basic socio-ecological principles. In our sustainability policy we commit to eliminating our contributions to the following:

1

Conditions that systematically undermine people’s capacity to meet their basic human needs (such as protection, subsistence or identity).

2

The systemic increase of concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust (such as fossil fuels or heavy metals).

3

The systemic increase of concentrations of substances produced by society (such as plastics, PCBs, dioxins).

4

The systemic physical degradation of nature (such as over-fishing, over-harvesting forests or destroying habitats).

Awards & recognition

As with all of our programs and initiatives, we know that it is only through collaboration that we can create a more sustainable future. We are proud of the awards and recognition we have received and are committed to building a sustainable future. We also thank our partners in the non-profit and private sectors without whom these projects would not have been possible.

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