YVR Tour Summary

On October 26th, 2022 YVR (Vancouver Airport Authority) provided a behind-the-scenes tour to EMA of BC members. Attendees learned about the airport’s environmental management practices, initiatives, and achievements. 

YVR is located on the unceded territory of the x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam) people. In 2017, The Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement was signed. This 30-year agreement includes environmental sustainability initiatives, archeological resource protection, scholarships and employment, and revenue sharing with the objective of achieving a sustainable and mutually beneficial future for the community.

Attendees learned that YVR was the first Airport in North America to achieve Salmon-safe certification. YVR’s location on Sea Island is within the Fraser River Estuary, a critical migration path for Fraser watershed salmon populations.  The certification acknowledges YVR’s efforts to protect and enhance habitat for Pacific salmon through their land and water management practices.

YVR has committed to net zero carbon by 2030.  The roadmap for achieving this was presented and discussed throughout the tour and includes sustainable building design, energy conservation and electrification, as well as a shift to renewable energy alternatives.

Many thanks to Oge Moss, David McPhie, and Elena Le of Vancouver Airport Authority for facilitating this tour!