What is sustainability?
Sustainability is a vision of the future. It means meeting the current environmental, social and economic needs of our community while ensuring the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Adopting a commitment to sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials and other resources that are essential to protecting human health and our environment.
Council's sustainability vision:
Airdrie is a vibrant, caring community rich in urban amenities and opportunities for everyone. We value a healthy, sustainable environment connecting people and places.
AirdrieONE Sustainability Plan
Airdrie's Sustainability Plan is a made-in-Airdrie plan specifically designed by and for Airdrie citizens and community leaders. It outlines 10 common goals to guide our actions over the next five to 10 years as we create a more sustainable community and work towards the shared community vision.
These goals align with what citizens told us is important to long term quality of life in the community. The plan provides objectives and strategies for developing on-the-ground actions, so that Airdrie can continue to thrive over the long term.
Council's sustainability priorities
Airdrie City Council has identified the following sustainability priorities:
Living in a drier prairie climate with a limited water supply and growing population is placing increasing pressures on our water resources. Using water more efficiently and finding ways to conserve are critical to the long term security of our water supply.
Reducing the amount of waste in municipal landfills is an important consideration for community sustainability. Increasing our recycling efforts and viewing our waste as a resource to be re-purposed (ex. composting organic waste) can help minimize growing costs for waste hauling and disposal facilities.
A strong, resilient economy is essential to quality of life in Airdrie. Shopping locally and attracting a broad range of employment opportunities to the community are key strategies to support achieving this goal.
The City will continue to be a strong advocate for the health, well-being and social needs of the community. This includes advocating to the Provincial government for health care options, supporting community-grown arts and cultural initiatives, and improving access to learning and recreational opportunities.
Preserving green space
The Airdrie community values and enjoys having access to green space and natural areas of the Nose Creek watershed. Creating and protecting a connected network of environmentally sensitive areas, trails, pathways, open spaces and parks throughout the city will help ensure citizens can continue to enjoy these valued areas.
Small steps for a sustainable Airdrie
The small things we do add up. Although it isn't always easy to change the way we do things, our efforts make a positive impact on our community today and for tomorrow.