Environment & Sustainability

Researching environmental topics or just interested in doing your part to save the Earth? These resources will help you get started.

Also, take a look at the Library's Sustainability initiatives. 

Library Databases

Academic Search Elite

Find articles from scholarly journals in nearly every academic discipline. Excellent for students and researchers.

On the Shelf

Green Products

Consumer guides to eco-friendly living.


Many helpful resources on living more sustainably and why it's so important. 

On the Web

B.C. Hydro

B.C. Hydro's Power Smart program offers power-saving tips and programs for home and business.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

A free, comprehensive GHG footprint calculator.

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

This independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization works to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

David Suzuki Foundation

Research and information about conservation issues in B.C., including many recommendations of actions people can take to lower their carbon footprint.

District of West Vancouver - Climate Change

Learn what the District is doing to address the climate emergency and how you can help.

District of West Vancouver - Garbage & Recycling

An overview of recycling, Green Can, yard trimmings and compost, drop-off deports, garbage collection for West Vancouver residential neighbourhoods as well as apartments and condos.


Recycle over 300 types of small appliances, power tools, sewing machines and other types of electrical products at over 120 drop-off locations across BC.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.

Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is an international research organization that reviews, analyses, and identifies the most viable global climate solutions, and shares these findings with the world. Explore climate solutions ranked by impact and net cost or revenue.

Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is a non-profit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown. Explore their solutions to the climate crisis ranked by greenhouse gas and economic impact.

Project Neutral

Canadian non-profit that offers a simple and free GHG footprint at a glance. You must create a free account to use their calculator.

Recycling Council of British Columbia

Did you know BC has Canada's longest standing recycling council? Their website is a wealth of information on sustainability. Call their hotline or check out their Recyclepedia!

West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast works with communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and all levels of government, including First Nations governments, to develop proactive legal solutions to protect and sustain the environment. They offer free legal advice and support to groups and individuals who are facing environmental problems. This website also includes their publications, an Environmental Law Alert Blog, and information on programs and campaigns to help protect land, air, water and the climate.