Environmental Award Twice as Nice for City
June 09, 2011
Alberta Government recognizes Waste Management and Drainage Services facilities for environmental leadership
Two City branches long known for their commitment to environmental leadership were recognized by the Province of Alberta. The City’s Integrated Waste Management System and Drainage Services facilities were recognized as EnviroVista Leaders for going above and beyond their environmental commitments.
“Albertans are more aware than ever of their impact on the environment, and they’re looking for their communities to also do their part,” said Environment Minister Rob Renner. “The City of Edmonton is setting high standards for other municipalities by challenging itself to constantly improve and model environmental excellence. I commend the Waste Management and Drainage Services branches for showing Edmontonians and Albertans that they are progressive, responsible, and responsive to environmental sustainability.”
“Both Drainage Services and Waste Management Services are municipal leaders in their field,” says Simon Farbrother, City Manager. “Their work is central to helping the City meet Council’s goal of preserving and sustaining Edmonton’s environment through their innovative approach to managing solid waste and wastewater.”
Edmonton is able to divert close to 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill because of citizen engagement programs, responsive collection services, and innovative processing systems. A Waste-to-Biofuels facility, currently under construction at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, will enable Edmonton to reach 90 per cent diversion by 2015.
The City’s sanitary and stormwater utilities work to protect public health and preserve and sustain Edmonton’s environment. The Environmental Quality Enhancement program and the Combined Sewer Overflow Control Strategy represent the City’s commitment to these goals. Stormwater quality is enhanced through construction and maintenance of more than 113 stormwater management facilities, including the award-winning Kennedale constructed wetland and Alberta’s first-in-kind Groat Road underground stormwater treatment facility.
Combined sewer overflows were reduced through construction of real-time control methods and an enhanced primary treatment facility. The City is currently working on developing and implementing a low-impact development strategy under its total loading reduction commitment to Alberta Environment.
The City was one of only two municipalities to be recognized as an EnviroVista Leader.
The Way We Green is the City’s project to develop a long-term environmental strategy for a sustainable community. The Province of Alberta’s EnviroVista Awards is a voluntary program that acknowledges and promotes facilities in Alberta that go above and beyond their environmental requirements.