The City of Airdrie is incorporating sustainable initiatives into day-to-day operations.
Waste & Recycling Services
- Waste and Recycling Services offers many diversion and educational opportunities for residents, including curbside organics, mattress recycling, curbside recycling, and even rain barrel sales.
AFD's two newest fire stations (King's Heights and Chinook Winds) were built as Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED®) Silver shadow projects.
- Solar-powered crosswalk lights are installed taking advantage of Airdrie's 2,200 hours of sunshine every year.
- The City of Airdrie is committed to managing the amount of salt applied to roadways but at the same time providing travelable winter roads.
- The City is well-poised to take advantage of the movement to develop new environmental technologies, products and services and is supportive of environmental industries.
Environmental Procurement Policy
- In 2011, Council approved an environmental procurement policy. This policy integrates environmental performance considerations into all aspects of the City’s procurement decision-making process and to reduce the environmental impact of the City’s procurement practices to the greatest extent practical.
- The Airdrie Bike Festival, held annually in June, encourages active transportation and promotes safe riding practices to children.
- Boulevards and City buildings are landscaped with native and/or drought-tolerant plants that use minimal water.
- The City works with the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership on actions such as creek restoration projects and water quality monitoring.
- Regional transit services between Airdrie and Calgary, Airdrie Intercity Express (ICE), provide an alternative transportation choice.
The AirdrieOne Plan identifies four priorities as key starting points for working toward the ten common goals of the plan:
- Incorporating 'Smart Growth' principles in the Municipal Development Plan, including a density strategy, alignment with relevant Calgary Metropolitan Plan policies, and Nose Creek Watershed and youth-friendly development guidelines.
- Developing a planning framework for the annexed lands with environmental considerations being a priority in developing those lands.
- Developing a Sustainability Checklist to guide the planning and development review process and to encourage development that advances the community's sustainability objectives.
- Incorporating opportunities and strategies in the Transportation Master Plan, such as identifying key goods movement routes, aligning with regional transit corridors and linkages and enhancing pedestrian safety.
- Creating a corporate Green Team to motivate, facilitate and integrate environmental sustainability into corporate culture.
- A sustainability story for Airdrie (pdf)
- AirdrieONE Sustainability Plan (pdf)
- What is Sustainability (pdf)