Published on June 1, 2021

City Releases 2020 Environment Report Card

Each year, the City of St. Albert publishes an Environment Report Card to update residents on the City’s progress towards achieving the goals and targets set out in the Environmental Master Plan.

This report card provides a snapshot of progress and highlights key projects and initiatives.

  • 2020 was a consistent year for progress relating to the Environmental Master Plan (EMP). Goals and targets were met for corporate (City) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Sturgeon River watershed, land-use and municipal pesticide use. 
  • Stable trends were observed in air quality, natural area protection, river water quality and water consumption. However, challenges relating to community GHG emissions and commuter transit ridership were noted.

One of the key energy reduction initiatives in 2020 was the City of St. Albert’s newest photovoltaic (PV) array becoming fully operational atop the Jack Kraft Facility sand storage shed. This helped offset the City’s grid-sourced electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

An increase was seen in garbage generation in 2020 compared to 2019 of 600 metric tonnes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents worked, learned, and played from home for a majority of the year so garbage that would have previously been disposed of at work or school was disposed of in the Brown Garbage Carts.

In 2020, over 2,000 native trees and shrubs were planted in 0.359 hectares. The City hosted four tree planting events in alignment with provincial public health measures with 84 volunteers participating in naturalization activities.

When it comes to promoting alternative transportation choices, an On-Demand bus service was launched in 2020 with the On-Demand app improving services for riders by allowing them to book in advance, as well as multiple rides at one time. Additionally, the Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride opened in August 2020 to serve as the City’s principal transit and operation station.

With residents spending more time at home, an increase in per capita water consumption was anticipated; however, after experiencing a significant drop between 2018 and 2019, water consumption leveled off in 2020. This trend can be attributed to residents’ and businesses’ commitment to the City ‘s Water Conservation Bylaw and the short summer season resulting in less lawn and garden watering.

To learn more about the EMP and past annual report cards, check out the Community Report on the Environment page today.

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Last edited: June 2, 2021