Environmental Stewardship

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 3 - 9)

2020 was the first year the Town of Blackfalds participated in International Compost Awareness Week. 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 to purchase yours! Pick up location is at the Transfer Station during normal operating hours. 

Environment and Conservation

Residents may benefit from these resources:

Save the Bumblebees

Save the Honey Bee

Save the Solitary Bee

Save the Wasps

Bees Matter Learning Centre

Plant a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Shine a Light on Bats

Invasive Aquatic Species in Alberta - For people with boats

Meet our furry friends in the fight against invasive mussels (YouTube)

Check-list to Determine Source of High Water Use

Composters ($50) and Rain Barrels ($74) - may be purchased at Town Office

Sustainability at Home Toolkit

EnergySense House - an interactive tool to help you learn energy saving & safety tips

Natural Resources Canada - resources for energy efficient housing

Saving Electricity - Energy Saving Guide

Green Deal - Powersmart tips