Reason #90 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

Green Edmonton

By Emil Tiedemann

You might not realize this, but Edmonton is Canada’s leader in setting and achieving the highest standards of environmental preservation and sustainability; a feat that we’re proud of and one that we are determined to not only maintain, but to improve on. 

In an era when nations around the globe are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and build a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future for generations to come, Edmonton seems to be paving the way for innovative and diverse tactics to accomplish these lofty, yet necessary goals. 

A few years back, David Suzuki and daughter Sarika brought their show The Nature of Things (CBC) to Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre, where they were informed of our state-of-the-art composter, the largest in North America! This structure produces some 60,000 tonnes of compost every year, allowing Edmonton to reduce its own emissions and to recover clean energy that can be used elsewhere. 

“Edmonton has developed a reputation as being a leader in waste management,” said Connie Boyce of the City’s Waste Management Services. “I think there’s a certain amount of community pride in that.” 

And it’s not just the politicians and environmentalists who are trying to make a difference here, but everyday citizens as well, as an estimated 93% of single-family households in Edmonton recycle voluntarily! The City has aimed to keep 90% of household waste out of the landfill, has developed strategies and programs to educate and inform Edmontonians on how they can do their part, and is a trailblazer when it comes to preservation of our natural resources...just look at the river valley! 

Although Edmonton may not be overall the greenest city in Canada, it is going above and beyond in finding ways to change our future for the better. #greenyeg


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