We’re excited to have been recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for achieving Milestone 5 in the Partners in Climate Protection program, which was designed to help municipalities reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Recent projects that have contributed to making Spruce Grove a sustainable community include converting traffic and street lights to LED technology, incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards into City buildings (like the Public Works Facility, pictured here), and working with developers to create mixed-use neighbourhoods that feature green building practices.
"Since the early 2000s, the City's approach has been broad-based, consistent and integrated into the organization," says Patrick Inglis, Manager of Environmental Science and Transit. "We may not have the big showcase projects but it's been progressive. When you're trying to manage a small but growing city, you don't want something shiny derailing your long-term plans and priorities."
Tracking resource use and emissions, and reporting and celebrating successes, are among the best ways to ensure that those priorities remain embedded in all the city's plans. Inglis and his team give regular reports to council, and the city updates most of its plans on a five-year rotational basis. It also publishes an annual report to measure progress on goals identified in its first Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, and keeps the community up-to-date with articles in CityPulse, its tri-annual magazine.
"We believe it's important to support and implement programs and initiatives that help ensure the long-term environmental sustainability of our community. Whether it's something we can look at doing from an operational perspective, to educating our residents to help change habits and behaviours in their own households, we have made a commitment to incorporating eco-friendly practices into the city's plans and projects that support and align with our Environmental Sustainability Action Plan." , says Mayor Stuart Houston.