Edmonton’s breakthrough will almost certainly become standard practice in major cities across North America, as it addresses two problems at once: landfill space and carbon dioxide emissions.
Edmonton was the first major city in Canada to implement curbside recycling, and since its inception in 1988 Edmontonians have set out enough recycling to form a convoy of trucks from Edmonton to Lake Superior, Ontario, a distance of approximately 2,500 kilometres.
Many years ago, the City used to dump snow removed from roads directly into the river but this raised environmental concerns due to the amount of salt and sediments entering the North Saskatchewan River. For that reason, snow storage facilities were built around Edmonton during the 1980s.
"The first passengers arriving into Edmonton, Canada were greeted by a breath of fresh air produced by the largest Living Wall inside any airport terminal in the world."
Edmonton’s waste management system is known as one of the most innovative in the world and that reputation earned Edmonton a spot on a special episode of the Nature of Things called The Suzuki Diaries: Future City.
Edmontonians are putting litter in its place and its paying off. Capital City Clean Up’s 2011 Litter Audit shows a 10 per cent reduction in litter on city streets from last year and a 37 per cent reduction from two years ago.
The City has taken another step towards reducing its carbon footprint by adding its first all-electric vehicle to its fleet.
In 2011, there will be 4500 light fixtures installed in 12 neighbourhoods. The LEDs will replace deteriorated, inefficient street light systems, reduce and minimize light pollution and overflow, and ensure proper lighting to improve pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety.
The City of Edmonton was a winner at the 20th annual Emerald Awards on June 15, 2011. This is the sixth time the City is an Emerald Award recipient.
The City launches the first phase of its Really Grate Tree Project to improve soil conditions of 55 elm trees in the downtown core. These trees will be monitored to evaluate the City’s efforts to improve growing conditions where traffic, concrete and buildings limit space and light.
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