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Our Green Street friends in Airdrie, Canada, have been doing some great work with sustainability so we invited Amanda Ginn from their local government authority to tell us what they've been up to. Here's the Airdrie sustainability story.


In just over 100 years, Airdrie, Alberta has gone from a small village to one of Canada's fastest growing cities - with a current population of 43,155 people. Airdrie is the second largest city in the Calgary region and has developed a reputation for its small-town, family-friendly lifestyle combined with big-city amenities. As a result, Airdrie has experienced rapid growth and effectively doubled its population over the last 10 years. Recognizing the need to address the pressures associated with rapid growth and take action to create lasting environmental, economic and community vitality, Airdrie officially began its sustainability journey in 2007. Here are some of Airdrie's successes:

With around 2,200 hours of sunshine every year, Airdrie has found ways to capitalize on this renewable energy source such as solar powered crosswalks and solar tubes for lighting interior hallways in our newest City facilities.

 

City of Airdrie staff participates in the National Commuter Challenge every year during Canada's Environment Week. Staff has a friendly competition amongst themselves to see who can win our Commuter Cup by making the most commutes and other daily trips using sustainable means such as carpooling, walking and taking the bus. Here are the 2011 winners from the Procurement and Accounts Payable Department.

 

An important waterway called Nose Creek runs through the middle of Airdrie. Because our political boundaries do not follow the Nose Creek watershed boundaries, inter-municipal cooperation, through membership in the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership, is essential for the long-term protection and enhancement of the watershed.

Throughout the year, the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership coordinates bank stabilization projects, tree plantings, clean-up events and educational demonstrations about the creek and its associated riparian area. We also hold workshops on Low Impact Development Practices and how they relate to the partnership's Nose Creek Watershed Water Management Plan.

 

The City of Airdrie is always looking for ways to help citizens contribute to being a sustainable community through programs such as the Halloween pumpkin drop-off for composting, the Christmas tree recycling program where trees are chipped into mulch and the Bulb Eater machine for recycling compact florescent bulbs (CFLs) to keep them out of the landfills.

 

Recycling cell phones can protect the environment and support the Community.

City of Airdrie council and staff, along with eCycle Solutions Inc., and the Airdrie Food Bank celebrated the launch of a new cell phone recycling program on November 1 called Old Phones = New Hope. eCycle Solutions Inc. will donate $1 for each phone dropped off at Airdrie's Eastside Recycle Depot. Proceeds from phones collected in 2011/2012 will go to the Airdrie Food.

 

As is the case for communities around the world, Airdrie's success on its sustainability journey will continue to depend on everyone in the community working together and finding ways to contribute.


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Recommended Links

The Natural Step
www.naturalstep.org
Provides details on the internationally accepted system conditions which frame sustainable decisions at home, work or in the community. Training in Australia available at NACC, contact [email protected]

Transition Towns
www.transitionnetwork.org
International network of communities taking action to be more sustainable. Plenty of access to practical information on communities and organisations, including in Queensland.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
www.wbcsd.org
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development.


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