The Environment Committee works on behalf of UBCM members to monitor and advocate positive change in environmental policy, as well as promote solutions and share information to support community planning and sustainability. Through the committee, UBCM fulfills three basic functions:
- Advocates for changes in federal and provincial environmental policy to assist local government in solving environmental concerns at the local level;
- Represents local government in the development of environmental policy at the federal and provincial levels; and
- Promotes and shares information on solutions to environmental problems which local governments have implemented.
Current priorities of the Environment Committee are: climate action, climate change and health, land-based spill response and preparedness, product stewardship, packaging and printed paper, small water systems, urban deer management, and the Water Sustainability Act and regulations.