Blackfalds seeks residents’ input on reducing environmental impact

The Town of Blackfalds wants input from residents on a strategy to address environmental concerns.

“This is a chance when we give residents and the business community the ability to influence how we shape the future; a responsibility that we must all take seriously and take part in for our kids today and future generations,” said Infrastructure Services Manager Laura Thevenaz.

“Managing and protecting Blackfalds environment is a collaborative effort between our community members and the town.”

During the development of the 2016 Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP), two actions to build environmental performance and awareness were identified. First, to develop and approve an Environmental Stewardship Strategy (ESS) with key focus areas on water, land, energy, buildings and infrastructure, waste, and air; the second action to develop an environmental program with key elements being awareness through communications and signs for town infrastructure.

The ESS will highlight policy direction, standards improvement, community programs, and resource needs. This will allow the town to identify the most important actions to reduce environmental impact and initiate community programs with the objective to advance the goal of a healthy environment regarding water, land, energy, buildings, and infrastructure, waste and air.

“We are looking for resident’s input to provide us with their views and opinions on what initiatives are a priority for them and their families and what key areas need to be focused on in order to effectively reach our environmental goals,” said Thevenaz.

The survey runs from Feb. 21 – April 9 and can be accessed via blackfalds.com/environment.

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