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 being to develop an environmental program with key elements being awareness through communications and signage for Town infrastructure.
As per the MSP, the ESS highlights 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.
Celebrate Earth Day and join the movement
Earth Day, celebrated on April 22 each year, is a key time to unite our community and make a positive impact on the environment. Blackfalds is one of many municipalities across Canada that are being proactive and taking bold steps to be part of the ecological transition in order to create a healthier environment for our citizens.
Composting and Rain Barrels
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.
What is compost?
Compost is a natural process through which organic material is converted into a soil-like product or humus (pronounced "hue-mous"). The process works with the help of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi combined with air and moisture.
Compost is an important way to recycle and can be done at home. It is an easy way to reduce the amount of household garbage by about one-third. As well, it produces a valuable soil amendment for use in gardening and landscaping.
Residents may benefit from these resources:
Invasive Aquatic Species in Alberta - For people with boats
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
- Town of Blackfalds Environmental Stewardship Strategy
- Check-list to Determine Source of High Water Use
- Save the Wasps
- Don't Feed the Geese
- Shine a Light on Bats
- Save the Bumblebees
- Sustainability at Home Toolkit
- Save the Honey Bee
- Wait to Clean Your Garden!
- Save the Solitary Bee
- Rain Barrels