Whistler’s Small Steps for Big Moves

Whistler’s Big Moves represent our community’s highest level climate goals. These actions have been deemed the top priority for cutting Whistler’s carbon emissions and becoming an exemplar sustainable community. AWARE recognizes the importance of this, and so we always seek to align our vision and actions in accordance with the Big Moves.

AWARE partnered with the Resort Municipality of Whistler to translate Whistler’s Big Moves into individual actions that we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint in our community and beyond by creating the Small Steps for Big Moves Campaign. This initiative aims to educate and explore the most effective actions we as individuals can take in the fight for a sustainable community. There are tons of actions to choose from, so pick a few that work for you and focus on those, or try a different “small step” for each theme and see what sticks. Click on any of the images below to be taken to that theme on the Whistler website.

Alternatively, click here for the Small Steps for Big Moves central page.


Transitioning to zero emission vehicles and electric mobility is key to achieving BIG MOVE #2: decarbonizing passenger and commercial transportation.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 2. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  1. Explore options for making your next vehicle electric.
  2. Research rebates to save when you buy.
  3. Get your strata or workplace set up for electric.
  4. Skip road traffic or parking altogether and opt for an e-bike.

Reducing our waste is an easy, achievable and affordable action supporting BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 6. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Bring your own reusables to eliminate single-use takeout materials
  • Focus on reducing food waste
  • Be conscious about clothing
  • Restore, repurpose, and repair your goods
  • Brush up on what to you can compost or recycle

Hopping on public transport accelerates success on BIG MOVE #1: Move beyond the car.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 1. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Swap one card ride for a bus trip each month.
  • Take the school run onto transit instead.
  • Use trip planning to make your trips efficient.
  • Track your ride to see your bus in real time.
  • Find out which fare option works best for you.

Opting to gift experiences or make mindful shopping decisions helps BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 6. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Gift experiences over things.
  • Support seasonal markets and Whistler small businesses.
  • Swap Secret Santa for a sustainable gift swap.
  • If you must wrap, get creative with upcycled materials.

Taking a close look at our food choices is a great way for us as individuals to decrease our personal carbon footprint, helping BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 6. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Join the meatless Mondays movement.
  • Embrace weekday vegetarianism.
  • Make meals plant based to get tasting and talking with friends.
  • Explore plant-based menu items at your favourite local restaurants.
  • Test out animal alternatives: mylks, cheeses, meats and more

Being smart about managing our heat at home and at work moves the dial on Big Move #5: Make existing buildings better.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 5. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Embrace winter. Wrap up and turn down the heat. 
  • Get a home energy assessment with a rebate from the RMOW.
  • Take simple steps to draft-proof your home.
  • Learn about CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program.
  • Consider reducing heating costs with heat pump technology. 

Reducing our electricity usage leads to faster results on BIG MOVE #5: Make existing buildings better.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 5. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Pull the plug on phone chargers, toasters, kettles, computer chargers
  • If shopping for new appliances, look for ENERGY STAR®. 
  • Buy energy efficient light bulbs & turn lights off when they’re not needed.
  • Seek out the secret power suckers in your home.
  • Hardwire little habits for energy savings.

Reducing our consumption puts us well on the path to BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 6. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Bring your own reusable mugs, grocery bags, cutlery and containers.
  • Adopt litterless lunches 
  • Purchase bulk and take snacks with you on-the-go
  • Rethink Easter candy: skip wasteful wrapping and opt for local
  • Join Whistler’s annual community clean up ‘Pitch In Day’.

Whistler is built for bikes and set up for success on BIG MOVE #1: Move beyond the car.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 1. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Be ready to cycle safely.
  • Get your bike ready to roll.
  • Sign up for GoByBike week and challenge your friends to join.
  • Check out Whistler’s secure bike storage options.
  • Make your morning commute easy by planning and packing the night before.

Simple steps (literally) are the key to gaining momentum on BIG MOVE #1: Move beyond the car.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 1. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Embrace the valley trail to get around Whistler.
  • Pick one place you will stop driving to.
  • Up your daily step count goal.
  • Take meetings mobile.
  • Go for comfortable gear.

The benefits of watching our water usage flows through to BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 1. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Install low-flow toilets or reduce the water volume in your tank.
  • Repair leaks in taps and pipes.
  • See if you can shave one minute off your shower time.
  • Adopt water-wise gardening tactics.
  • Be wary of water wasters, especially in summer months.

Preventing food waste supports BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.

Below are some actions you can take to contribute to Big Move 1. Check out the Municipality website for up-to-date links and resources!

  • Check out Love Food Hate Waste Canada for food saving recipes and tips.
  • Avoid letting food go to waste by learning how to store, dry, freeze, and more.
  • Save GHGs by buying food in season and locally.
  • Support Sea To Sky food production by shopping at Farmer’s markets.
  • For unavoidable food waste, be sure to compost to keep it out of the landfill.