In 2001 the City commissioned CH2M Hill to undertake a review of all City practices and activities, and their associated potential to affect the environment. The City then prioritized the issues identified and developed strategies to reduce the environmental impact of city practices. This included developing the City’s 2003 Environmental Policy, which says that decision making will be guided by the goals of increasing environmental benefits and reducing or eliminating negative environmental impacts of all aspects of the City's activities, while maintaining the City's fiscal integrity and the community's economic vitality.
In 2006 a review was undertaken to assess the progress that had been made towards implementing the changes identified in the CH2M Hill report. The report outlined some of the major accomplishments that resulted such as:
Increased awareness of staff about the materials and supplies used
Energy conservation efforts in electricity, heat, water and fuel consumption
Conversion of fleet to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles
Improved planning and building design standards when new buildings are constructed
Improved maintenance procedures related to the care and maintenance of natural areas
Enhanced practices in the capture of waste water including vehicle washing