During the development of the 2016 Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP), two actions to build environmental performance and awareness were identified; first, to develop and approve an Environmental Stewardship Strategy (ESS) with key focus areas on water, land, energy, buildings & infrastructure, waste, and air; the second action to develop an environmental program with key elements being awareness through communications and signage for Town infrastructure.
As per the MSP, the ESS will highlight policy direction, standards improvement, community programs, and resource needs. This will allow the Town to identify the most important actions to reduce environmental impact and initiate community programs with the objective to advance the goal of a healthy environment regarding water, land, energy, buildings and infrastructure, waste and air.
Thank you to all participants who provided their input on what environmental initiatives are a priority for them and their families. Your feedback will help the Town identify initiatives and priorities to help reach our environmental goals. Congratulations to our winner of the ESS Survey, Sherry S!
International Compost Awareness Week (May 2 - 8)
We are excited to be participating in International Compost Awareness Week for 2021! 2020 was the first year the Town of Blackfalds participated in ICAW. We want to thank all our residents who took their first steps towards reducing their environmental footprint by purchasing rain barrels and/or composters. We also want to thank all those residents who are doing their part by already composting and harvesting rain water.
There are so many reasons but here are just a few benefits of compost and organics recycling:
Increased soil health
Reduced pesticide and chemical use
Reduction in soil-borne and other plant diseases
Reduced methane emissions from landfills
Compost offers a significant answer to climate change mitigation
Save money on utility bills
Did you know...the Town sells composters ($50) & rain barrels ($74)? Call us at the Town office to purchase yours! Pick up location is at the Transfer Station during normal operating hours.