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Environmental Master Plan

Plan Summary

The Environmental Master Plan (EMP) is a long-term community plan that identifies, prioritizes and sets specific goals and targets for key environmental issues for the City and the community. It is the basis for the City’s future environmental plans and initiatives.

Environmental Master Plan

In May 2014, St. Albert City Council approved the updated Environmental Master Plan. The plan's nine goals and 21 targets were identified through consultation with the public, the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) and City staff.

The City shares its progress and achievement on its goals, through the annual Report on the Environment.

Plan Review and Public Consultation Process

The City of St. Albert updates the EMP on a five-year basis to ensure that changing trends, conditions, and the state of the environment are accurately captured and represented within the document on an ongoing basis.

In March 2013, the City of St. Albert began a comprehensive review of the EMP through extensive research, public consultation, as well as internal and external workshops to determine if revisions were needed to update the plan. Feedback from the consultation helped determine and confirm environmental priorities, goals, targets, and initiatives.

Goals and Targets of Environmental Master Plan

Goal Target(s)
Manage Air Quality
  • Establish baseline of St. Albert's air quality by 2020.
  • Maintain air quality below Level 2 triggers (nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, fine particulate matter and ozone) as outlined in the Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework completed by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Achieve 20% reduction of total corporate greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by 2020.
  • Achieve 6% reduction of total community greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by 2020.
Promote Sustainable Neighbourhoods and Transportation Choices
  • Achieve a minimum density of 30-45 dwelling units per net residential hectare for new neighbourhoods.
  • Achieve a minimum of 30% medium and/or high-density residential units for new neighbourhoods.
  • Increase transit ridership equal to or greater than the overall rate of population growth for St. Albert.
Preserve and Manage Trees, Parks and Natural Areas
  • Measure existing tree canopy cover and set future target.
  • Protect top three priority natural areas in the undeveloped areas of St. Albert.
Reduce Solid Waste Generation
  • Reduce solid waste generation to 105 kilograms or less per person per year by 2020.
  • Increase diversion rate to 75% by 2020.
Protect and Improve the Sturgeon River Watershed
  • Create watershed group by 2015.
  • Complete a watershed management plan by 2020.
Improve Water Quality of the Sturgeon River
  • Reduce nutrients, pesticides and bacteria levels detected in the Sturgeon River by 2020 as measured by future River Water Quality Index.
  • Capture 75% or greater of municipal winter sanding material by 2020.
  • Reduce municipal pesticide use to 0.25 kg of active ingredient (ai) per hectare or lower by 2020.
  • Reduce residential pesticide use to 0.5 kg of active ingredient (ai) per hectare or lower by 2020.
Reduce Water Consumption
  • Reduce total water consumption to 200 litres or less per person per day by 2020.
Foster Community Environmental Stewardship
  • Grow participation in Clean and Green RiverFest, Arbor Day and Naturalization projects to 1000 participants or more by 2020.
  • Allocate funding to a total of 150 Environmental Initiatives Grant applications by 2020.
  • Develop one or more new community and/or interdepartmental partnerships each year by 2020.

Last edited: October 17, 2016

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