Environmental Sustainability Policy
At the July 13th 2015 Council Meeting, St. Albert City Council approved several updates to the Environmental Sustainability Policy, originally named Environment Policy, to include community responsibility, climate change, energy, water conservation and waste management. The Environmental Sustainability Policy, developed in 2003, sets the overall direction for the City and provides a framework to advance the organization’s and community’s environmental goals.
The City strives for continuous improvement by implementing progressive environmental management practices.
Administration shall use the environmental policy and its standards to guide the development of any plans, systems or procedures that will prevent or reduce environmental impacts in St. Albert. As part of the City’s commitment to continual improvement, the EMP, along with the Environmental Sustainability Policy will be updated every five years to ensure that changing trends, conditions and the state of our environment is accurately represented.
Community Environmental Sustainability:
The City shall:
1. Minimize the community’s ecological footprint by ensuring neighbourhoods focus on people and provide connections to parks and natural areas as well as active and public transportation opportunities.
2. Provide services and programs that promote improvements in air quality, energy efficiency, renewable resource use, waste reduction and recycling, river health, and water conservation.
3. Protect and restore City and regional ecosystems to maintain essential habitat and wildlife corridors to enhance biodiversity.
4. Establish partnerships that support this policy through collaboration, use of shared resources, integrated public awareness campaigns and a unified approach to advocacy.
5. Provide opportunities to foster environmental stewardship through community events and programming, education, capacity building and incentives.
6. Ensure an environmentally resilient community is built, in part by understanding and adapting to climate change and anticipating future environmental challenges.
Two areas of the City have developed, implemented and certified ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems: Transit and Public Works. Establishing a corporate environmental policy that makes strong commitments to the environment is a requirement of this rigorous management.
Last edited: June 1, 2016