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Master Composter Recycler

Help promote the four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover.

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Be Idle Free

Idling is a bad habit that wastes fuel, adds to pollution and can contribute to health problems.

Edmonton's Green Home Guide

Live in a Greener Future

The Green Home Guide is an important part of Edmonton's ongoing effort to become a sustainable and resilient city.

Master Naturalist course

Master Naturalist Course

Interested in learning more about ecology and naturalization? Become a steward of our natural areas.


Yellow birdKeeping Edmonton's air clean is good for the environment, good for our health and good for our wallets. The City of Edmonton is doing its part by introducing hybrid and clean diesel buses to the ETS fleet, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced by City buildings and implementing new policies to reduce the emissions of City vehicles.

As individuals, we can improve Edmonton's air quality by changing our driving habits, taking public transit to work or carpooling.

Air Quality

The City of Edmonton is committed to maintaining Edmonton’s good air quality and works with its regional partners to develop programs designed to effectively manage emissions in the region. Find out more about our air quality and the air quality health index.


The City of Edmonton has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Find out how you can reduce your energy use, save money and reduce GHG emissions.

ETS Trip Planner

One full ETS bus replaces 40 cars on Edmonton’s streets. Find out how ETS can get you to your destination, helping you reduce your footprint.

Driving Tips

Letting your vehicle idle for 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning it off and then restarting the engine and with today’s engines, you only need about 30 seconds to warm up your vehicle. Find out how changing your driving habits can help improve Edmonton’s air quality.

Cycling in Edmonton

A car uses 50 times more energy to travel the same distance as a bicycle. Find out how you can improve your health and the city's health by biking around Edmonton.


If you require a vehicle to get to work, try sharing a ride with a co-worker or neighbour.


The City of Edmonton is using many clean energy options and has reduced consumption. There are many clean energy options available to Edmontonians too, which is good for the City, for your wallet and for the environment. The future of Edmonton's environment will depend on using less conventionally produced energy. The first steps include turning down the thermostat and switching to energy efficient light bulbs.

The City of Edmonton is leading the way in developing alternate sources of power to meet the city's energy demands including mining landfills for methane to produce electricity, turning organic waste into bio-fuel for city vehicles and developing concept homes that will generate as much power as they consume.


Home Energy Reduction Tips
A compact florescent light bulb uses up to 75 percent less energy that an incandescent bulb uses and lasts 10 times longer. Find out more home energy tips.

Riverdale NetZero Project
A NetZero home generates all of its own power and heat on an annual basis. Find out more about the revolutionary NetZero prototype house in Edmonton and how you can adapt these concepts for your own home.

Alternative Energy Sources
At the Clover Bar Landfill, enough electricity is generated by captured methane gas to power 4,600 homes a year. Find out how the City of Edmonton and EPCOR are turning trash into power.

Edmonton also partnered with Climate Change Central and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to install solar panels and track the energy generation. Find out more about the Alberta Solar Municipal Showcase.


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Edmonton is world famous for its river valley, parks and green spaces. As Edmontonians, we also take pride in our personal green spaces, our yards and gardens. The City of Edmonton has been an environmental innovator in areas like waste management, recycling and land management. Edmontonians can do their part by participating in the blue bag recycling program, taking household hazardous waste to an ECO Station, using alternatives to pesticides or picking up litter. Small actions make a big difference.


The average City of Edmonton waste collector will pick up between 7,000 and 11,000 kilograms of waste per shift. Find out how you can keep waste out of Edmonton's landfills.


Edmonton has three recycling programs. Find out what can be recycled and how you can start.


Between April and October there is an 84% increase in the amount of waste put out for curbside collection, mostly due to grass clippings. Find out how keeping yard waste out of landfills will give you a greener lawn and garden.

Capital City Clean Up

Help tackle litter and graffiti. Find out about the different clean up programs.

Beautification/Natural Areas

Edmonton has over 460 parks and green spaces, more than any other city in Canada. Find out how you can help keep Edmonton green and blooming. Learn more about Beautification and Natural Areas. And plant a tree in your community!


There is a direct link between the water that we use, the water that goes down the drain and the water that flows down the North Saskatchewan River. The City of Edmonton does its part by treating and recycling wastewater, mandating low flow fixtures and keeping natural waters safe. Everyday, EPCOR produces enough clean water for Edmonton to fill a tanker train 100 kilometres long and the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans enough wastewater each day to fill 100 Olympic-length swimming pools.

There are a few simple steps you can take to conserve water and help protect our creeks and the North Saskatchewan River. You can install low-flow fixtures, prevent toxic chemicals from entering the water system and ensuring fats, oils and greases are properly disposed to prevent sewer problems.

Water Conservation Tips

A toilet that is over 10 years old can account for 29 per cent of a household's daily water consumption. Find out what changes you can make to your home's fixtures to reduce water usage.


Every year, City drainage crews clean out hundreds of sewer blockages caused by improperly disposed of fats, oils and grease. Find out how you can help keep the system running properly.


By switching to low-flow fixtures and water efficient appliances the average Edmonton household could save over $300 a year.
Find out how you can save money on your water bill.

Natural Waters

Much of the pollution in the North Saskatchewan River comes from pollutants dumped into the storm sewer system. Find out how you can keep Edmonton's natural waters clean and clear.

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

8th Floor, HSBC Bank Place
10250-101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3P4


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-401-7070
Email 311@edmonton.ca
Website (http://www.edmonton.ca/TheWayWeGreen)