Published on January 26, 2021

City Launches Streamlined Annual Reporting

The City of St. Albert prepares reports on long-term plans such as Master Plans annually. In 2020, (for the 2019 reporting year), the City revisited how it reports to the community and focused on creating concise reports directly aligned back to those plans. The result is a group of streamlined report cards that clearly communicate impact and achievements with data and links to additional information. To date, three report cards have been produced.

Over the next few weeks, the City will be highlighting each report card. The first streamlined report to be highlighted is the report card for the Environment Master Plan. Check out highlights below.

2019 Environment Report Card Highlights

2019 was a consistent year for progress relating to the goals and targets in the Environment Master Plan (EMP).

  • Positive trends were seen in air quality, corporate (City) greenhouse gas emissions, land use, natural area protection and management, participation in waste and diversion programs, Sturgeon River watershed, river water quality, water consumption and environmental stewardship.
  • Challenges were observed relating to community greenhouse gas emissions, commuter transit ridership and municipal pesticide use.

Exciting developments in this reporting period include St. Albert being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as one of the 57 Tree Cities of the World in 2019! St. Albert is one of nine Canadian municipalities given this designation. The Tree Cities of the World program recognizes municipalities committed to ensuring that their urban forests are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and suitably celebrated.

Additionally, the City was identified for achieving a new milestone for corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of the FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. This is the fifth and final milestone in the PCP program that St. Albert achieved, making St. Albert one of 85 Canadian municipalities to achieve this feat to date.

Other positive news is water consumption experienced a drop in 2019 after leveling off between 2017 and 2018. The drop can be attributed to the efforts of residents and businesses following the Water Conservation Bylaw. In addition, the drop in per capita water use was due to the wet summer season.

2019 brought a record year for participation in environmental activities. Residents joined in naturalization activities such as Clean and Green RiverFest and Arbor Day. This included 9,400 volunteers along with 2,432 bags of garbage collected. Additionally, 153 sites were cared for through the Partners in Parks Program.

St. Albert Transit ridership decreased by 7.6 per cent in 2019. This downward trend can be attributed to the Groat Road bridge construction and the detour of university routes to downtown. It is believed that commuter ridership will rebound once routes are restored to the university. The Environmental Master Plan’s public transit commuter target remains to increase ridership equal to or greater than population growth.

Moving forward, the focus will remain on City facility energy use and management, community green-house gas emissions, maintaining and enhancing natural areas and updating the EMP goals and targets.

Stay tuned for next week’s City Highlights article showcasing the 2019 Community & Social Development Report Card.

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Last edited: January 26, 2021