When thinking of ‘Green Edmonton’ it’s natural that the first things to come to mind are the actual green spaces around the city; there are a ton of them after all. “Living Green” brings to mind places like the River Valley, Muttart Conservatory, the grounds of the Legislature building or high-tech sustainable buildings like the Mosaic Centre and NAIT’s Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies.
With all of the green spaces in Edmonton, people don’t often associate the downtown with ‘green living’ or sustainability. The reality might surprise you. The downtown core is home to a number of cutting-edge and sustainably designed buildings, and Edmonton’s Downtown Sustainability Stroll was designed to highlight some of these environmentally friendly sites.
The Downtown Sustainability Stroll features different ways that businesses, government and organizations work together to promote sustainability in Edmonton’s downtown. Stops like City Hall and The Art Gallery of Alberta feature internationally certified sustainable buildings. Other stops feature organizations that are dedicated to greening their business operations like the Shaw Conference Centre and The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Hotel Alberta and the Edmonton Public Library. These places are stewards of reducing, reusing and recycling, whether it’s sharing learning materials or completely dismantling a historical building and rebuilding it more than 25 years later. Finally, if you want to see actual green space the River Valley is a stop along the tour.
The tour begins and ends at City Hall, featuring ten stops and spanning 2km. If you’re looking for a relaxing, but informative afternoon downtown be sure to check out this unique tour experience. The tour map & information can be found on the City’s website.
Looking for even more ways to get your green on for Environment Week? Check these out:
- Live in the City? Get your copy of Urban Recycler for instructions & how-to’s Urban Recycler.
- If you have a garden consider a rain barrel! Resusing rainwater saves time, money & the environment. To see the specific money saving calculations check out Water Collection Calculations. For more information about sustainable gardening practises check out You’re Gonna Love Green.
- Interested in saving energy? Read this list of tips & tricks for reducing your energy consumption taken from the Energy Transition Strategy Energy Saving FAQ
- Want to contribute to Edmonton’s green space, but not sure how to get started? Root for Trees is an initiative that makes it super easy to plant a tree and increase Edmonton’s urban canopy! You can participate as a family or individual, school, community group, or business, whatever the method you can make a difference. Check out edmonton.ca/rootfortrees for more information.
- Have you seen the new Soofa benches yet? You can sit and hang out while charging your phone on these solar-powered, social and smart benches.
- Front Yards in Bloom is a program designed to encourage Edmontonians to recognize beautiful spaces in Edmonton. There are categories for yards landscaped with plants native to the Edmonton region and even edible front yards! Find out more and nominate your neighbors at: edmonton.ca/frontyardsinbloom
Environment Week is the perfect opportunity to make or renew your commitment to living a more sustainable lifestyle. For even more ways you can reduce your environmental impact check out Edmonton’s Green Living Guide or You’re Gonna Love Green.