Environmental Sustainability Policy
In August 2019, St. Albert City Council approved a minor update to the Environmental Sustainability to include climate change resilience and mitigation, leadership in waste reduction and recycling, and regional collaboration. 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 Environmental Master Plan, along with the Environmental Sustainability Policy, will be updated every five years to ensure that changing trends, conditions and the state of our environment are accurately represented.
Community Environmental Sustainability
The City shall:
- Minimize the community’s environmental footprint by ensuring neighbourhoods focus on people and provide connections to parks and natural areas as well as active and public transportation opportunities.
- Provide services and programs that promote improvements in air quality, energy efficiency, renewable resource use, climate resiliency, leadership in waste reduction and recycling, river health, and water conservation.
- Protect and restore City ecosystems by engaging in regional collaboration to maintain essential habitat and wildlife corridors to enhance biodiversity.
- Establish partnerships that support this Council Policy through collaboration, use of shared resources, integrated public awareness campaigns and a unified approach to advocacy.
- Provide opportunities to foster environmental stewardship through community events and programming, education, capacity building and incentives.
- 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: February 20, 2020