Jul 07

Blue Dot Declaration Update Report - December 19, 2016

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 3:52 PM by Website Administrator

On October 5th 2015, the City of Camrose approved the “Right to a Healthy Environment” Declaration. Camrose was the first City in Alberta to make such a declaration. The following lists various projects and actions taken by the City of Camrose related to the creation and maintenance of a healthy environment.
  • Energy Conservation – The Encana Arena Solar Power Project involved the installation of a 1,053,000 Watt solar power system, representing the second largest rooftop installation in Canada.
  • Energy Conservation – LED Streetlight Conversion – A contract was signed with Fortis for the replacement of City streetlights in 2017. We expect to replace 2,203 streetlights with low energy, dark-sky friendly LEDs in quarter three of 2017.
  • Water Protection – The Source Water Protection Plan, approved by both the City and the County of Camrose, will help protect the Battle River Watershed.
  • Water Protection – The Waste Water Treatment Project progressed with the selection of an upgrade technology to enhance the performance of our waster water treatment process.
  • Water Conservation – The draft Water Shortage Response Plan was created and circulated with the various stakeholders.
  • Water Conservation – The Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program.
  • Air Quality – The updated Smoking Bylaw prohibits smoking in public parks.
  • Air Quality – The continuation of the Naturalization Program with associated reductions in mowing requirements.
  • Transportation – The Community Bus Pilot Project was initiated including a combination of a fixed route and a group booking service.
  • Transportation – Improved trail system through the approved future installation of the 48th Street Underpass along with progress on the CP Rail Underpass. Once complete, these two projects will allow uninterrupted walkability from the north side to the south side of our beautiful City.
  • Promotion of Healthy Local Foods – Community services has plans for the expansion of the Community Gardens in 2017. This project may include plots in other areas of the City.
  • Reduced Solid Waste – Implementation of the new composting totes.
  • Reduced Chemical Use / Recycling – The millings produced from the various road overlay projects were repurposed to replace frequently used gravel roads with basic paved roads. This reduces the amount of maintenance required and eliminates the need for dust control chemical on those sections of road.
  • Increased Density – The approval of the updated Land Use Bylaw with related housing density provisions. These included reduced parking stall requirements and supports mixed use zoning.
Jul 07

Camrose becomes first City in Alberta to join the Blue Dot Movement - October 7, 2015 Media Release

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 3:49 PM by Website Administrator

In October and November 2014 David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation crossed Canada on a tour to ignite a movement that would see environmental rights, including the rights to fresh air, clean water, and safe food enshrined in our Canadian Constitution. The movement is underway and individuals, groups, and municipalities are standing up for the right to a healthy environment.

At the Council meeting on October 5, 2015, Council had unanimously agreed to take part in this movement. This Declaration is closely aligned with the City’s values and Strategic Plan. The City of Camrose has continuously demonstrated its commitment to sustainability of a safe and healthy environment for its residents through such projects as:

  • Partnership with the University of Alberta Augustana Campus in the photovoltaic grid installation (a technology that converts sunlight into electricity) on the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
  • The reduction of solid wastes through an active recycling program and two bag limit.
  • Residential compostable collection.
  • Water conservation and wastewater treatment initiatives.
  • Community Garden availability.
  • The creation of the Green Space Master Plan and the Camrose Green Action Committee.
  • Thirty-six kilometres of paved walking trails.
  • The creation of the Walkable Camrose Committee and discussion on public transportation.

Given that the City is already committed to the sustainability of a safe and healthy environment for its residents, the major impact of the declaration in terms of how the City operates will be the method of utilizing full cost accounting. (Full cost accounting is an approach used to evaluate projects which tries to incorporate the future costs associated with health and the environment.)

Although we have no experience with full cost accounting, we hope to partner with others, such as environmental groups, Battle River Watershed Alliance, and the University of Alberta, in order to build this capability within the City.

This specific action will have no impact on the tax levy. The City of Camrose was already committed to ensuring that infrastructure investment decisions are based on the concept of sustainability.