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Environmental Sustainability Framework

Strathcona County cares about doing its part to sustain an environmentally healthy and vibrant community.

Environmental Sustainability Framework 
Approved by Council on June 30, 2009

News release

The framework sets municipal priorities and provides a guide to assess environmental factors and impacts in planning and decision making.

The Environmental Sustainability Framework is intended to:

  • Be used as a guide for responding to environmental issues
  • Assess the impact of changes in the environment on residents and municipal operations
  • Prioritize and plan for future environmental concerns
  • Maintain a focus on current studies, indicators and trends
  • Guide new policies
  • Strengthen the County's commitment to integrated planning (environmental, social, economic)
  • Ensure we are a leader in new, innovative and efficient technology
  • Assist with the advocacy efforts of Strathcona County for environmental grant opportunities
  • Assist in engaging residents, businesses, community groups in becoming more environmentally aware and motivated

Guiding Statements

These Guiding Statements describe what success through the Environmental Sustainability Framework looks like in the future.

Land
Guiding Statement: Strathcona County's urban areas are surrounded and connected by open green space and healthy natural areas, which are home to wildlife and provide recreation opportunities to County residents.

Air Emissions
Guiding Statement: Air quality in Strathcona County supports the health and well-being of its citizens.

Energy
Guiding Statement: Strathcona County employs advanced technology and sound management practices in its continuous efforts to improve energy efficiency.

Water
Guiding Statement: Strathcona County's watersheds provide an adequate supply of quality freshwater for public and private use while ensuring a healthy ecosystem for future generations.

Material Use
Guiding Statement: Strathcona County uses leading procurement and waste management practices, which result in reduced and responsible use of resources and materials.

Sustainability for Strathcona County means...

Developing in a manner that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, while striking a balance between economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Framework supports County's Strategic Plan

The County's Strategic Plan emphasizes a triple bottom line approach to encourage a balance of environmental, economic and social elements to sustain a healthy and vibrant community. 

This framework, together with the Social Sustainability Framework approved in 2007, and the Economic Sustainability Framework (to be developed) form an important foundation to guide decision making in Strathcona County.

In our policies, planning and operations, Strathcona County is consciously moving toward the creation of a sustainable community.

A green County
Environmental stewardship has long been key in Strathcona County. Numerous environmental programs and initiatives have proven successful. Here are some first hand examples of our progress toward greater environmental sustainability.

Backyard composting

Beaver Hills Initiative

Building Rebate Program

Centre in the Park 

Community energy

Conservation easements

Emerald Hills Urban Village

Environmental initiatives

Good Growing Neighbours

Green Routine at a glance

Greening of Sherwood Park

Reduce your footprint

Low flush toilet rebate

Mow and Go

Recycling 

Water calculator

Water Conservation Program

Last updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Page ID: 37767