City of Edmonton
Canada

Population: 812201
Area of jurisdiction: 684 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: 35% by 2035 (2005) 50% by 2020 (2008)
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: % by 2035 (2009) n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2008 ):  381,465 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Queen Elizabeth Pool Solar Pilot Project
The pilot consists of installing 200 solar panels on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool. The panels convert sunlight into usable electricity and help significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and decrease energy consumption at the facility. This initiative is another tool used to support the newly Council-endorsed Community Energy Transition Plan (ETP) whose goal is to limit our city’s negative impact on the environment. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Government Lead - Energy Policy Design - Participation
Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel is engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. They will facilitate conversations, consider input, and provide advice to Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks. Input from the Panel will inform a new action plan on climate change for Alberta. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Zero2014
Climate Change Conference sponsored by the City of Edmonton bringing together internationally recognized speakers for a three day event to address the public on the climate change issues of the day. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Eco Map
Generate a map of the community at the finest level of granularity that will show energy intensity for various sectors such as residential, and commercial,...to use as an aid in helping identify which areas of the community could best benefit from energy efficiency measures programmes. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Greys Paper Recyclling Facility
The facility is the first of its kind to produce paper products from waste paper and cotton without using any new material or harsh chemicals. At maximum operating levels, Greys will provide approximately 100 permanent jobs. The facility started operations in 2012, when Greys and the City began collecting materials needed for the operations. Production of paper products started in spring of 2013. Businesses can contact Greys for waste paper and cotton collection. Closed Loop recycling Closed-loop recycling is when recyclables are reprocessed and turned into the same or similar products, which can be recycled at the end of their useful life. Materials can be used over and over with little or no loss of material volume. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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E waste Recydling
Using cutting edge processes and equipment, the 45,000 square foot Global Electric and Electronic Processing Inc. (GEEP) facility processes more than 30,000 tonnes per year of old computers, televisions, and a wide range of electrical and electronic waste materials for recycling. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Waste to BioFuels and Chemicals Plant
Edmonton’s Waste to Biofuels and Chemicals Facility is the first industrial scale waste to biofuels facility of its kind to turn household garbage into biofuels and biochemicals. The facility was built and is owned and operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Enerkem. Using Enerkem's proprietary technology, it will convert 140,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste into 38 million litres of biofuels and chemicals annually and help Alberta reduce its green house gas (GHG) emissions. (Waste-based biofuels can reduce GHG emissions by more than 60% when compared with fossil fuel production and landfill operations.) The City of Edmonton is currently diverting over 50% of residential waste from landfill primarily through recycling and composting. The Waste to Biofuels and Chemicals Facility will enable the City to increase that diversion rate to 90%. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Edmonton Solar Rebate Programme
The City of Edmonton introduced a pilot project in 2010 to encourage the uptake of solar PV in the City. From a $200,000 fund, the pilot paid $3/watt of installed capacity to a maximum of $9000 for single solar-electric systems in residential homes and $18,000 for commercial installations.All proposed projects were subject to basic technology and installation standards to ensure they would be operating at high efficiency. The pilot project rapidly achieved full subscription and will be used to help inform renewable energy funding projects moving forward. Start year  
Sector Residential
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Station Pointe Development
This is a city driven initiative. The buildings are uniquely designed. They are constructed with a patented steel concrete building system that makes new homes more energy efficient because of the process of how the insulation is applied. The buildings are stronger, because of the use of steel in construction. This construction practice reduces noise because of the acoustical insulating qualities of the insulation and steel. This construction practice also contributes to reduced condominium fees because maintenance is less than that which would be required for a standard built equivalent building and the efficiency of the buildings operations as related to its overall design. Start year 2010
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Animal Care Shelter
The Animal Care's sustainable construction features include: Building materials manufactured with post consumer and pre-consumer recycled content. Geothermal heating and cooling, and digital climate controls, which reduce conventional energy consumption by more than 50%. 90% of all construction waste recycled to divert it from the landfill. Light sensors and skylights that reduce the need for artificial lighting. Landscaping with indigenous and drought-tolerant plants that do not require watering or an irrigation system.  Newspaper recycling for animal beds. Shielded and downward pointing exterior light fixtures to avoid light pollution. Learn more in the presentation about the facility's design in the LEED presentation Link. Start year 2008
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Blatchford Development
Blatchford will be home to up to 30,000 Edmontonians living, working and learning in a sustainable community that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral, significantly reduces its ecological footprint, and empowers residents to pursue a range of sustainable lifestyle choices. Start year 2013
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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The Quarters Development
Over the next 5, 10, and 20 years, the area will be transformed into a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community well connected to the central business and cultural district and the river valley. Once completed, The Quarters Downtown will be an environmentally-sustainable, walkable, diverse community with appealing design, inclusive housing, and green spaces. The area currently houses about 2,400 residents; however, it has abundant room for growth and redevelopment with the capacity to accommodate up to 20,000 people. Developments in this community will use industry-leading technologies to reduce environmental footprints while providing excellent design and innovative lifestyle options. Start year 2010
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Waste to Biofuels and Chemicals Facility
Edmonton’s Waste to Biofuels and Chemicals Facility is the first industrial scale waste to biofuels facility of its kind to turn household garbage into biofuels and biochemicals. The facility was built and is owned and operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Enerkem. Using Enerkem's proprietary technology, it will convert 140,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste into 38 million litres of biofuels and chemicals annually and help Alberta reduce its green house gas (GHG) emissions. (Waste-based biofuels can reduce GHG emissions by more than 60% when compared with fossil fuel production and landfill operations.) Start year 2013
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Edmonton Solar Electric Pilot Programme
Edmonton Solar-Electric Pilot Program - In response to greater demand for responsive technologies and focused approaches to reducing CO2 emissions, the City of Edmonton introduced a short-term solar-electric pilot program that offered a limited number of rebates for home and business owners interested in installing solar-electric systems to generate electricity. This program is now closed. Start year 2011
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Neighbourhood Action Program Grant Pilot Project
The piloting of a Neighborhood Action Program Grant that assists groups in developing a program to advance Edmonton's sustainability. Grant examples have included a micro-orchard, a solar photovoltaic installation, and a Bike repair station. This program is continuing under our Community Sustainability Grants program. Start year 2013
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Air Quality Monitoring
Advancement of regional air quality management and monitoring through the improvement of one of the continuous monitoring stations in west Edmonton so that it reports the Air Quality Health Index in that area.  Also, the City of Edmonton participated in the soon to be released development of the Regional Particulate Matter Response plan which contains actions designed to better understand air quality in the region and eventually reduce PM2.5 below national triggers outlined in the National Air Quality Management System and the Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework. Start year 2012
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Brownfield Grant Program
Release of the updated Brownfield Grant program.  The Brownfield Grant assists landowners and developers remediate contaminated property and redevelop them to a more productive land use.  The remediation portion of this grant is linked to the projected tax lift and in order to receive complete funding the resulting development must meet a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) level of silver which further enhances the sustainability objectives of The Way We Green. Start year 2012
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Way We Green Speaker Series
The speaker series is offered by Sustatainable Development and Environment in support of the environmental strategic plan for the City. Speakers cover all facets of the numerous action plans proposed in the strategy (The Way We Green "http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-we-green.aspx". This is an ongoing long term educational initiative. Start year 2012
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Small Business EcoChallenge
The Small Business Eco Challenge celebrates the environmental achievements of small businesses operating in Edmonton. Entries are judged within the six categories included in the City's environmental strategic plan The Way We Green:*Energy and Climate Change *Food Resiliency: protection of local food supply or agriculture *Solid Waste Reduction *Land Conservation and Biodiversity *Water Quality Protection and Conservation *Air Quality ***Only for-profit enterprises within the city of Edmonton that have been in operation for year or more qualify for the challenge. Winners are selected on the basis of overall environmental performance. *First Prize $500 Cash *Second $300 Cash *Third $100 Cash Start year 2010
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Ecostation Recycling Facilities
Comprehensive household hazardous waste drop off centres throughout Edmonton (three sites). Bring your household hazardous waste such as needles/syringes, leftover paint, light bulbs, oven cleaner and car batteries at no charge!** Bring your electrical appliances, old computer monitors, toasters, printers, power tools, etc. at no charge (Charges apply to items requiring CFC removal)** Bring your big bulky items like old sofas, fencing and rubble, anything you might take to a landfill. (Charges apply). **Bring your household recyclables such as newspaper, metal cans, milk jugs, old clothing and textiles, and more! Start year 1995
Sector Waste
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Master Composter Programme
"Community leaders in waste reduction" Master Composter Recyclers are volunteers who help reduce Edmonton's waste. They know about recycling, composting, grasscycling and more. Master Composter Recyclers: complete a 40-hour course; volunteer at least 35 hours ;teach friends and neighbours what they learned Start year 1996
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Charles Labatiuk Awards
To recognize the many environmental champions of our corporation, the City of Edmonton has created the Charles Labatiuk Award for Environmental Excellence. The award categories are: environmental leadership, environmental innovation and continuous environmental improvement. The award is named in honour of the late Charles Labatiuk, Ph.D., P.Eng. Charles was a longtime employee of the City of Edmonton and a passionate environmentalist. His many accomplishments included a key role in the development and implementation of the Waste Management Branch's ISO 14001 environmental management system. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Community Engagement Events
Our team engages the public in established events that take place annually around the city to offer utility conservation and waste reduction tips from our event tent venue. In 2013 over 1200 people were reached through such contact opportunities. Events include: Kid Wind Challenge, Earth Day, River Day, Millwoods bikefest, Central Station, CanadaDay, East Meets West, Farmer's markets, Parking Day. Start year 2013
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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HOPE
HOPE will help qualifying homeowners bring their homes to a minimum standard of health and safety relating to plumbing, heating, electrical, structural, fire safety, disability modifications and energy efficiency. The program will offer conditional grant funding up to a maximum of $20,000. Start year 2013
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Home$avers Event
City of Edmonton sponsors the sale of discount price energy efficiency packges to the public. This offer is made with support from Rona which contributes to the discount priced items. Items included for sale in the package for example included Led bulbs, thermostat controls, power timers, and power bars. Start year 2010
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Edmonton Air Quality Index
In July 2011, the Province of Alberta, in partnership with Environment Canada, launched the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). The AQHI is a tool that assesses the impact of air pollution on your health, listing a number from 1 to 10+ to indicate the level of immediate health risk associated with local air quality. The higher the number, the greater the risk and your need to take precautions. The AQHI reports this information in near-real time as well as provides a forecast for the next day. Start year 2013
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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State of the Environment Report - Citizen Dashboard
Development of the State of Environment report which includes indicators and performance metrics designed to report on the overall condition of Edmonton's environment and the advancement of the City of Edmonton's programs designed to improve the local and global environment.  The State of Environment report utilizes the Citizen Dashboard combined with a dynamic on-line reporting tool that includes easy to read infographics and charts and data tables that can be updated as new information becomes available. Start year 2006
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Solar and Energy Savings Program
Through a partnership with energy consultants and the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on six community association buildings. The participating associations invested between $6,000 and $11,000 for the necessary PV panels and hardware (depending on system requirements), as well as an electronic monitor that displays how much electricity is produced. Participants could also take advantage of energy audits through TAME (Taking Action to Manage Energy), a building retrofit program offered through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). Start year 2013
Sector Residential
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Renewable Energy Task Force
Encourage the adoption of renewable energy generation within the City of Edmonton. Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Green Building Program
Developed the Green Building Policy and Plan and initiated implementation which has included the development and release of Edmonton's Green Home Guide, the development and implementation of energy efficiency improvement grants in two pilot communities (Oxford and Caernarvan), and the development of a Energy Labelling program to be implemented in 2015 Start year 2013
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Urban Forest Expansion
Double the forest canopy of the inventoried trees in the City of Edmonton (trees over which the City has control - e.g. roughly 300,000 boulevard trees) This is part of a larger plan to double the entire city canopy of 13 million trees which is to be done in the community of Edmonton with the help of corporate partners. This is an acceleration program that has not yet been sponsored by the City. Regular tree planting rates will double the canopy by a much later date of roughly 50 years (300,000/6000 net/yr). Start year 2013
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Municipal Fleet
Sustainable Fleet Long Term Action Plan adopted in 2010 is being implemented including : federally mandated biofuel use, right sizing, hybrid purchases, driver education, upgrading waste management vhicles, and idle control measures. Measures have not yet been updated or confirmed. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Compost Facility Upgrade
Upgrade composting facility operations to improve energy efficiency performance to 30% above basic energy efficiency base standard instead of 20%. Bulk of upgrades completed in 2012, remainder by 2020. Start year 2012
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Street Lighting Upgrade to LED
Replace high pressure sodium vapour roadway lighting with LED lighting by 2017 on an accelerated time basis. Otherwise install on regular neighbourhood upgrade basis (slower rate of conversion - to 2032) Start year 2012
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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New Building Construction Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Improve the energy efficiency standard for new construction to 50% above the national model energy code for buildings from our present 30% standard. Start year 2013
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Existing Building Retrofit Initiative
Improve the energy efficiency of 3% of the existing building infrastructure each year, by 30% instead of an anticipated historic average from retrofits of 20%. Not all the money has been allocated to this initiative in the budgets. We only have $5 million in the form of an internal loan that can be used for this initiative at this stage. Projects are currently under review so no reductions will be realized in 2013. the goal is to reduce emissions by 26,000 TCO2e by 2020 from the entire building inventory. Start year 2013
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Green Energy Purchase
The purchase of renewable energy certificates supports the expansion of the renewable energy generation sector by indicating commitment, and reduces overall corporate inventory emissions by displacing the coal fired weighted portion of electricity generated on the grid used by our City. We have completed purchases of green energy for 2013 and 2014. Start year 2013
Sector Other Emissions
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Sustainable Transportation
Timeframe: Ongoing Investment: Ongoing Capital /Operational The aim is to encourage a shift from private automobile to walking, cycling and transit use by infrastructure improvements and social marketing, as directed in the Transportation Master Plan:t In 2011: • 4.5 km of sidewalk and Shared Use Pathways “missing links” constructed • 20 km of on-street cycling facilities implemented • 15 bus stops connected • 250 curb ramps repaired • Sponsored community events to promote sustainable transportation and developed trail maps for our communities and river valley. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Composter Facility
Landfill waste in Edmonton has been diverted to a composting facility since 2001. The CO2 reduction is based upon what would have been emitted if the waste that was composted were instead sent to a landfill. The calculation meets the reporting protocols in our jurisdiction, accounting for the energy inputs into composting and the emissions from the composting process itself, further discounting this value by 10% to account for methane oxidation through the landfill cover. Start year 2011
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Landfill Gas (LFG) Capture System
This system has been in operation since 1992. Originally, the LFG was cleaned up and injected into a pipeline to supplement natural gas used to generate power. In 2005, this gas was instead routed directly on-site to three reciprocating CAT engine turbines to generate power for the grid. The following data reflects metric tons of CO2-e “captured”: • 2007: 141,369.8 • 2008: 141,775.6 • 2009; 146,045 • 2010: 150,394 • 2011: 134,071.2 Participating organizations: Capital Power Start year 2005
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Green Resource Centre
Edmontonians are the key to successfully making our city sustainable and resilient. To find out what’s happening, and how you can participate and tell your friends take a look at what we have to offer! Love Green Residents Programs, tips and ideas to be a resident that loves green! Love Green Communities Programs, tips and ideas to be a community that loves green! Commercial Programs Programs, tips and ideas to be a business that loves green! Financial Incentives A list of financial incentives for residents, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors in the Edmonton area. The Way Others Green People around the world are doing inspiring things to make our world a greener place. Environmental Events & Awards Find out what environmental events are happening. Or nominate someone for an environmental award! Green Education Eco-focused guides, resources, opportunities and links. The Way We Green Videos Videos from previous editions of our Speakers Series. AND great publications, Apartments and Condos, Eco-landscaping, Downtown Enviro-Stroll, Green Home Guide, Green Living Guide Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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River for Life
The Development of the River for Life strategy to reduce the Total Loadings to the North Saskatchewan River Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Master Naturalist Programme
The Edmonton Master Naturalist Program engages community members in learning about and stewarding local natural areas. Program participants take a 3-week course, held annually, in exchange for 35 hours of related volunteer work. Edmonton's natural areas have tremendous ecological, social, educational and economic value. To preserve this value, it is up to us as a community to be good stewards of these ecologically-rich areas! Start year 2010
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Edmonton and Area Land Trust
Between 2004 and 2006, the City fostered the creation of a local land trust, which resulted in six partners (the Edmonton Community Foundation, Edmonton Nature Club, Legacy Lands Conservation Society, Land Stewardship Centre of Canada, Urban Development Institute and the City) coming together in 2006 to form the Edmonton and Area Land Trust. That year, the City provided an operational endowment of $2.5 million to the fledgling organization. Start year 2006
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Root For Trees Initiative
Investment: Ongoing Operational expense The aim is to increase the number of trees planted in the city through volunteer participation and education. This initiative includes already-underway programs plus the addition of specific tree planting festivals. Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Really Grate Tree Project
Investment: Ongoing Operational expense The City has begun assessing the potential effects of climate change on its urban forest canopy. The plan is to change survival statistics by testing different tree-planting and -replacement programs to anticipate which trees will survive in the wetter, warmer climate anticipated for the Edmonton of the future. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Flood Prevention Program
In 2004 an extreme rainfall event created massive flooding problems throughout Edmonton. In response, the City Council approved a $146 million flood prevention program. Flood prevention projects are ongoing, starting as far back as 2007. Participating organizations: Insurance Bureau of Canada Start year 2006
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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