Be Idle Free. Idling your vehicle not only wastes gasoline (and therefore, money), it causes needless pollution and can be damaging to your vehicle. Protect your wallet and your health - be aware of idling habits.
Trees help to clean our air. So plant a tree and register it with Root for Trees.
Landscaping your yard? Consider low impact development (LID). It mimics the natural movement of water, bringing water back to the land rather than into the storm drains. Rain gardens, for example, collect, absorb and filter stormwater runoff and allow it to soak into the ground.
Help your community league become more energy efficient through the Green Leagues workshops.
Have a plan to make your community greener and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? Apply for the annual EcoCity Edmonton grant.
Start or get involved in a community garden. By growing your own produce, you reduce the distance the food must travel to get to your home.
Organize a swap party with friends and neighbours. Others may have what you need and you may have what others need. By reusing items, we reduce the amount of materials that need to be recycled or put in the landfill. Alternatively, donate your items to a charity. (Check to see what items they accept first!)
Reducing conventional lawn space to incorporate native and other Edmonton-hardy plants has many benefits:
Natural yards slow the runoff of rainfall and snowmelt, absorbing it into the ground rather than overwhelming our stormwater system.
Selecting plants adapted to the conditions your yard provides will reduce additional watering needs.
Using native plants, appropriately, removes the need for fertilizer and pesticide use, as they are adapted to local environmental conditions and are more resistant to pests than many other garden plants.
Natural yards also provide food and shelter for wildlife, including birds, bees and butterflies!
Eco-landscaping reduces lawn-clipping waste, reduces fertilizer and chemical needs, conserves water and saves money through reduced energy and yard maintenance costs. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.
Traffic can be a big headache. Lessen the traffic by using alternative modes of transportation. Walk, bike or try taking Edmonton Transit instead of driving. Edmonton Transit is committed to offering environmentally-friendly transportation. Just one bus can replace about 50 private cars on the road! Edmonton Transit recently added electric buses to its fleet, making its impact even bigger.
Why not share a ride? It's a great way to get to know co-workers, save money and help the environment.
Be Idle Free. Idling your vehicle not only wastes gasoline (and therefore, money), it also causes needless pollution and can be damaging to your vehicle. Protect your wallet and your health - be aware of your idling habits.
Reduce your water consumption by using efficient appliances and fixtures, such as 6L toilets, low-flow showerheads and front-loading washing machines. On January 1, 2008, the City implemented a water efficient fixtures bylaw (Bylaw 14571).
It requires water-efficient fixtures (toilets, showerheads, faucets) to be installed in all new residential and commercial construction, as well as in renovations where plumbing permits are required.
For further information, check out our brochure and visit EPCOR.
Use a rain barrel so you can use rain water on your lawn and garden rather than tap water.