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					2011 Edmonton in Bloom Directory

                               TABLE OF

                               3               EiB 2011 Executive Summary
                               4               Message from the Mayor
                               9               Edmonton Tidiness
                               15              Edmonton Environmental
                               23              Edmonton Cultural Heritage
                               28              Edmonton Natural Heritage
                               32              Edmonton Trees
                               39              Edmonton Landscapes
                               46              Edmonton Flowers
                               50              Glossary
                               52              Index of Programs, Projects
                                               and People

          Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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    Guide to the
2011 Edmonton in Bloom Directory
The EiB Directory provides information to the national Communities in Bloom
judges, and all Edmontonians, about the people, programs, and projects that
make Edmonton beautiful and livable.
Each entry describes an initiative. Below the description are the partners who
champion that initiative. The superscript letters beside these partners show that
they are from the Public SectorP, the Business/For-Profit SectorB, or the
Community/Non-Profit SectorC.
The EiB Directory is organized into seven nine topics, with icons for each topic.
The icons beside each initiative show other topics that the initiative contributes
                Environmental Action
                Cultural Heritage
                Natural Heritage
The Appendix provides a Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations used
throughout the EiB Directory.
The Index locates concepts or terms in the directory.
The Index of Programs, Projects, and People lists the partners that are found in
the EiB Directory.
The EiB Directory is a reference document and cannot list all of the initiatives that
contribute to Edmonton in Bloom – only a summary of each initiative. More
detailed information is available from the partners themselves.

            Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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   Edmonton in Bloom 2011

Executive Summary
2011 Highlights
The national CiB judges visit Edmonton in August and evaluate
Edmonton on six criteria areas. The CiB judges evaluate Edmonton
in the “Circle of Excellence” category.
In 2009, Edmonton won the “Over 300,000” population category. In
2010, Edmonton earned 5 blooms (out of five) and special mention for the “Great
Neighbourhoods” program.

Communities in Bloom (CiB) is a national program that fosters green spaces,
environmental responsibility, and community engagement.
                    People, plants, and pride… growing together.
This program encourages projects that make Edmonton beautiful and increases
the local profile of these groups.
Edmonton has participated in CiB since 1995. Edmonton competes with the
largest municipalities and won the national award in 1997, 2000, and 2009.

Edmonton in Bloom (EiB)
2011 EiB                The EiB Directory is an overview of initiatives that make
Directory               Edmonton beautiful and livable.
                        The CiB judges use the EiB Directory for their evaluation.
                        It is distributed to partners and online at
2011 EiB Tour           During their tour, judges met with coordinators, community
with national           groups and citizens to understand our vibrant city.
judges                  Councilor Kim Krushell met with the national judges, showing
                        City Council’s commitment to a beautiful Edmonton.
Edmonton in             The EiB Awards are held at City Hall on August 11th.
Bloom Awards            Awards. 35 Awards of Merit were presented for Front Yards
                        in Bloom. Awards were also given for tidiness, naturescape,
                        community garden and urban forest.
                        Over 250 people attend the awards as well as publicity
                        through local outlets.
Front Yards in          Edmontonians nominated 1532 yards for Front Yards in
Bloom 2011              Bloom 2011! And 39 community leagues operated their own
                        Front Yards in Bloom program.

            Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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        Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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Edmonton has been an enthusiastic supporter of Communities in Bloom since
the program began in 1995. We were proud national winners in 1997, 2000, and
2009. Edmonton hosted the 2000 National Communities in Bloom Awards, and
the Edmonton Capital Region look forward to hosting this again in 2012.

Edmonton has had an excellent growing season in 2011 – for our city, our
communities, and our gardens. This year sees more festivals, more volunteers,
more projects, and more blooms.

Meanwhile, City Council has supports a long-term vision of a vibrant, livable, and
sustainable Edmonton. Three of six strategic goals are:
   Preserve and Sustain Edmonton’s Environment
   Improve Edmonton’s Livability
   Transform Edmonton’s Urban Form

This book describes the programs, projects, and people that make Edmonton
beautiful. Edmonton in Bloom 2011 creates successes through our many
partnerships. We are very thankful for the support of the following groups:

o   Canadian Union of Postal Workers
o   City of Edmonton (Capital City Clean Up)
o   City of Edmonton (Community Services)
o   City of Edmonton (Historic Resources)
o   City of Edmonton (Office of Great Neighbourhoods)
o   City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity)
o   City of Edmonton (Office of Environment)
o   City of Edmonton (Parks - Forestry)
o   City of Edmonton (Parks)
o   City of Edmonton (Sustainable Transportation)
o   City of Edmonton (Waste Management)
o   Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
o   Edmonton Horticultural Society
o   Edmonton Naturalization Group
o   Sustainable Food Edmonton

            Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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    City Vision

Transforming Edmonton
Edmonton is in the process of developing several major planning documents
which will help to set direction, guide decisions and align the priorities of the City
of Edmonton. The City Vision paints a picture of how we imagine our city will look
in 2040. Transforming Edmonton delivers on the City Vision, it is the way that the
City’s administration will work towards change and improvements to bring our
City Vision to life.

All of the following documents support the City Vision, proscribe specific goals
and objectives for Edmonton’s future. Note that City Vision and The Way Ahead,
as principal documents, emphasize the values and principles of a vibrant and
livable city – the same values espoused through Communities in Bloom.

The Way Ahead Strategic Plan
Identifies five major goals:
    Preserve and Sustain Edmonton’s environment
    Improve Edmonton’s livability
    Transform Edmonton’s urban form
    Shift Edmonton’s transportation modes
    Ensure Edmonton’s financial sustainability
    Diversify Edmonton’s economy

The Way We Grow Municipal Development Plan
(June 2010)

The Way We Move Transportation Master Plan
(June 2010)

The Way We Live Edmonton’s People Plan
(July 2010)

The Way We Green Environmental Strategic Plan
(July 2011)

            Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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   Communities in Bloom
Municipal Information Form*
Municipality: Edmonton
Population: 782, 439
Total area:   700km2 (69,980ha)
Parks and green spaces area as a % of total area: 19% (13,318 ha)

Municipal Budget: $1.8 billion
Parks budget as a % of municipal budget:             3.4%

Action Plan for Edmonton in Bloom
Strategy in preparation for the visit by the national Communities in Bloom judges.

Edmonton engages in partners with a variety of strategies through the Edmonton
in Bloom program – with businesses, community, institutions, residents, and our
municipal government.
The partnership between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Horticultural
Society (EHS) provides the foundation for our efforts – representing the
municipality and residents. Both organizations deliver programs that engage
community and enhance our green spaces. Examples of these include Partners-
in-Parks, Front Yards in Bloom, the Edmonton in Bloom Awards, participating in
Communities in Bloom, and the gardens near the Muttart Conservatory.
Programs such as community gardens, naturalization plantings, Capital City
Clean Up, Ride the Wave flower barrels, and Partners in Parks involve
Edmontonians and Edmonton businesses to make Edmonton flourish.
Hosting the national judges with Communities in Bloom allows local partners and
groups to showcase their successes. The Edmonton in Bloom Awards brings
these groups together to highlight some exceptional achievements.
These strong partnerships are at the heart of Edmonton in Bloom – creating a
movement, across municipal departments, across sectors, and across our city –
to make Edmonton more livable, more sustainable, and more beautiful.

            Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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Recommendations of
2010 CiB Judges                                   Actions Taken
1. Increase the xeriscaping to                     The Edmonton Naturalization Group
   preserve water. The City should set              has a Native Perennial
   up demonstration gardens to show                 Demonstration Bed John Janzen
   citizens that this type of garden can            Nature Centre demonstrating
   use native plants and still look                 drought-tolerant native plants.
   good.                                           The Capital City Downtown Plan
                                                    requires an increase of tree canopy
                                                    and native or hardy trees.
2. Work with retail outlets to secure
   graffiti supplies in locked cabinets &
   tend to graffiti clean up on the
   bridge at Louise McKinney Park.
3. Develop a more bike friendly                    The new Transportation Master Plan
   environment with covered bike                    (The Way We Move, June 2010)
   racks, dedicated bike lanes, and                 emphasizes shifting Edmonton’s
   bike racks on all buses.                         transportation modes. This plan also
                                                    includes Cycle Edmonton (an
                                                    updated Bicycle Transportation
                                                   The Active Transportation Policy
                                                    C544 supports further public
                                                    education, policy and planning.
4. Consider implementing a can limit               Community outreach is the core
   in residential garbage pickup to                 strategy of Edmonton’s waste
   reduce household garbage.                        management. Programs such as
                                                    Master Composters; Grasscycling;
                                                    Reuse Fairs/Reuse Centre; and blue
                                                    bin/ bag recycling help divert 60%
                                                    residential waste from landfill.
5. Implement better promotion of                   Recently designated Old Strathcona
   heritage zones, ethnic and cultural              Provincial Historic Area features
   communities, heritage programs,                  light-pole banners along over 10 city
   and significant naturalization                   blocks.
6. Non business revitalization zones               City of Edmonton (Parks) is working
   need floral stimulus along with more             with City Council to find creative,
   colors and plant variety in barrels.             new opportunities to expand the
   Especially a concentration on native             Edmonton in Bloom program and
   flowers and plants.                              engage these new partners.

            Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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Official Documents
Parkland Bylaw No. 2202
Regulates the conduct and activities on parkland to promote the safe, enjoyable
and reasonable use of parkland while preserving natural ecosystems.
Public Spaces Bylaw No. 14614
Governs behaviour, safety, and tidiness in public spaces including littering,
fighting and handbills. Most infractions are enforced by EPS.
Community Standards Bylaw No. 14600
Consolidates over a dozen “good neighbour” bylaws into one simplified bylaw.
Offences relate to noise management, noxious weed control, property and
building maintenance, tree care, snow removal and outdoor fires. Since May,
officers have issued 200 warnings and 18 tickets for failure to remove graffiti.

Public Awareness Campaigns of Public Spaces Bylaw
   Debris from Unsecured Loads
   For a 3-week period in spring, officers focused on unsecured vehicle loads
   that lead to litter. 135 vehicles were checked, 43 tickets issued and 89
   warnings given.
   Cigarette Litter
   Following the CCCU “Cigarette Litter” public education campaign in 2010,
   peace officers issued warnings and tickets to people littering cigarette butts.
Sign Free Edmonton Campaign
Illegal signs on City property are a form of visual pollution and litter. The initiative
reduces signs through public awareness and increased enforcement. To date,
705 signs have been removed and approximately 284 tickets have been issued.
There are fewer signs now than in 2008, when 7,000 were removed.
      City of Edmonton (Community Standards Branch) P

Annual Spring Street Cleaning
City crews sweep 4,700 km of roadways to remove debris left from the winter
season. Annually 80% of the street sand collected is recycled and re-used on
roadways. The success of the street sand recycling program over the last
several years has resulted in enough recycled material for the 2010 – 2011
Winter without having to purchase any new material
      City of Edmonton (Transportation Department) P

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Parks for Paws
Edmonton’s 40 off-leash sites are monitored by volunteers who coordinate two
annual clean ups. Bio-degradable dog bags are available. Dog owners are
encouraged to “Doo It” and dispose of your pets waste in the disposal containers.
All dog waste deposited into these containers will be composted.
         City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Pets in the City
An annual public education campaign about responsible pet ownership, cleaning
up after pets, and keeping Edmonton’s park system clean and safe. The slogan
“They Poop – You Scoop” encouraged more than 4,400 users of off leash parks
to pick up. Animal Control Officers and Park Rangers patrol off leash sites and
onsite billboards offer colourful images that appeal to pet owners sensibilities.
        City of Edmonton, (Community Standards Branch) P

Homeless Camp Clean Up
Under the Parkland Bylaw, City crews have authority to clean all homeless
camps on parkland. The process begins with inspection of the site to identify
hazards. Park Rangers leave a 24-hour eviction notice, bylaw information, and
information about shelters and where to pick up personal items from the camp.
         City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up
Canada joins over 70 nations picking up litter and cleaning shorelines worldwide.
In 2009, Albertans collected 16,480 kgs bags of litter from 264 km of shoreline.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P, TD Bank B

Festival Greening
Edmonton’s festivals do their part to keep clean with daily clean-ups, and
providing recycle containers, biodegradable items and personal ashtrays.
Capital City Clean Up (CCCU)
After five years of city-wide operation, Capital City Clean Up (CCCU) has
emerged as the City’s comprehensive strategy to reduce and prevent litter and
graffiti and make Edmonton a clean, safe and livable city.
This public education and engagement program has nurtured a strong volunteer
base, established a number of successful initiatives, and built strong, positive
relationships with key City departments and many external partners from both the
non-profit and private sectors.
CCCU’s strategic plan is based on four program pillars: community Involvement
and Outreach, Public Education, Civic Operations and Enforcement.

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I. Litter Management
This component of CCCU addresses behaviours about litter in our community.
This continues to improve with increased participation by Edmontonians at all
levels as volunteers, school and community associations, and corporate
Adopt a Block
In 2011, CCCU had over 900 volunteers register as “block captains” to help clean
up streets, trails, and parks. The tough economic times continues to have
minimal impact on the high level of community commitment to the program.
      Tim Hortons B City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Big Bin Events
These events encourage residents to dispose of large, bulky items for free as
well as discourage illegal dumping.
      City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P Edmonton Examiner B

Community Bin Grants
CCCU took over administering this program from the Waste Management
Branch. Grants, to a maximum of $2000, help community groups organize “mini”
Big Bin events in their community. Grants assist with costs associated with rental
of dumpsters, drivers and tipping fees. Over 20 communities received funding.
      City of Edmonton (CCCU) P , various Community Leagues C

Business Supporting Community
This initiative matches businesses with not-for-profit groups. Participating
businesses pay organizations for litter clean up around the business’ block as a
unique fundraising opportunity. From May to August, groups commit to come out
for one hour per week and do litter collection on behalf of the business.
      Tim Hortons B, Shell Canada B, United Cycle B, Canada Safeway B, Yorkton Properties   B

       124 Street Business Association B

Total Look of Clean
The City enhances street cleaning, sidewalks, and back alleys of business
districts using an over-sized litter vacuum,called a MadVac. Work will grow to
include removing or reducing dumpsters in alleys of the downtown core.
      City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Cigarette Litter Program Expanded
Many smokers cite lack of public ashtrays for tossing their cigarette butts on the
ground. The City conducted a research and public education campaign during
2009 to address this. Results showed 87% reduction in cigarette litter. This
success led the City to install 400 more public ashtrays in five commercial
districts in 2010.
      Health Canada P , City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

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Junior Wildlife Ambassador Program
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton and Capital City Clean Up have
joined forces in 2010 to deliver the “Litter, Wildlife & My Community” and the
“Wetlands, Wildlife and My Community” elementary school programs. These
programs educate young learners that litter affects our aesthetic environment,
our ecosystems, and all living things.
        Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton C, HSBC Bank Canada B, City of Edmonton
         (CCCU) P

North Saskatchewan River Clean Up
Litter in the river is unsightly and affects the ecology of our river. City crews
remove floating debris in the river, around bridges and close to shore. Patrols
follow federal guidelines to protect fish and plant habitat. HSBC be a key partner
towards this public education and in-school programming.
        EPCOR B, HSBC Bank Canada B, City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

River Valley Clean Up
Now in its 24th year, this one day event in 2010 boasted 3,140 volunteers working
4,961 hours and collected 5,966 bags of litter. Many more volunteers committed
to participate in one-day cleanups throughout the summer.
        Enmax B City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Schoolyard Clean Up Program
Every spring when the snow melts, schoolyards need extra attention to be clean
and safe - whether they’re next to elementary, junior or senior high schools.
All grades are encouraged to put litter in its place and show school pride by just
“canning it”. Participating schools are recognized by the City of Edmonton and
the tidiest schoolyards receive prizes. In 2011, over 150 schools registered to
        West Edmonton Mall B, The Edmonton Sun B, Edmonton Public School Board P,
         Edmonton Catholic School District P, City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Dream Up a Clean Up Ad Campaign
Students are asked to submit art, photo or video that express an anti–littering
message. Prizes are awarded for the best submissions in each category.
Winning submissions will be incorporated in future CCCU campaigns.
        Edmonton Public School Board P, Edmonton Catholic School District P, City of Edmonton
         (CCCU) P, CITY TV B

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Safe Needle Disposal
A safe needle disposal toolkit of information is available on Some
pharmacies offer needle take-back programs and Eco Stations accept used
needles, syringes and lancets from households that are in puncture proof
“sharps” containers.
      City of Edmonton (Fire Rescue) P Various Outreach Agencies C

II. Graffiti Management
Promoting the benefits of a graffiti free community and strategies to remove and
keep graffiti off of their properties. The program is supported by CCCU and
enforced through the Community Standards Bylaw (which requires property
owners to remove graffiti within a reasonable time). On-going communication
with EPS ensures a coordinated approach to prevention, community
engagement, removal, and enforcement.
      EPS P, Local Business Associations B, RONA B

3 Rs of Graffiti Management
Property owners are encouraged to deal with graffiti quickly. Owners should
record the vandalism, report to officials and remove the graffiti.
      City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Enhanced Graffiti Removal on City Property
In addition to regular operations to remove graffiti, the City has two graffiti
removal vans that move between the 12 BRZs, Mill Woods and other high
incident areas of the City cleaning graffiti off of public property. Funding is also
set aside for professional cleaning services for more complicated removals.
      City of Edmonton (Lands & Buildings) P

Bylaw Enforcement
As part of CCCU, the Community Standards Branch hires one full-time officer
and two seasonal officers to inspect graffiti offenses and issue notifications to
property owners about graffiti. Community Standards informs owners about
support programs offered by CCCU. In 2011, the City has received over 2,000
complaints about graffiti on private property. Citizens recognize the need to
record, report and remove graffiti.
      City of Edmonton (Community Standards Branch) P City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Graffiti-Wipeout Projects
The City works with community groups to remove graffiti. Graffiti Wipeouts
become fund-raisers to assist community groups. Work is done by volunteers
and supplies and funds are provided by CCCU. Non-profits are paid $1/ft2 of
graffiti removed to a maximum of $1,500. A food grant of up to $400 is also
available to the group from CCCU.
      City of Edmonton (CCCU) P, community groups C , RONAB

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Giants of Edmonton Murals
Promotes alternatives to graffiti through public art. Street murals create pride of
place, encourage pedestrian traffic, and discourage graffiti. Five murals have
been painted recognizing the people, places and things that make Edmonton
        City of Edmonton (CCCU) P, 630 CHED radio B

Community Murals Program
This program provides non-profit groups with up to $2000 in matching grants
towards a mural for a location that is tagged with graffiti. The matching
component can be cash or gifts-in-kind.
        City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Professional Cleaning Program
Residential and business property owners who agree to maintain their property
graffiti free for one year may receive a professional commercial graffiti cleaning
on their property to a maximum value of $500.00 per year.
        City of Edmonton (CCCU) P

Northeast LRT Corridor Strategy
This strategy addresses graffiti along a highly travelled transit corridor from
Stadium station (112 Avenue) to 92 Street. A pilot project commenced in 2008 to
address graffiti with physical improvements to properties, public education,
enhanced security, and property owner participation. A CPTED assessment in
2009 provided a variety of recommendations.
Recommendations have been implemented, including upgrades to existing
vegetation and prominent building signage to assist citizens in reporting graffiti in
progress or on a specific property. Other improvements included colourful
murals (with anti- graffiti coatings) and upgrades to fencing.
        City of Edmonton (CCCU) P , City of Edmonton (McCaulley Revitalization) P, Property
         Owners B

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                                    Environmental Action
Official Documents
The Way We Green Environmental Strategic Plan
City Council approved this environmental strategic plan in June 2011. This plan
aligns with other strategic plans of The Way Ahead planning process.
The Way We Move Transportation Master Plan
Describes the framework that responds to Edmonton’s future transportation
needs. Shifting Edmonton’s transportation modes is the highest priority: ensuring
transit sustainability, improving travel options by reducing barriers between
modes, increasing traffic safety, and managing congestion. Adopted June 2010.
Walkability Strategy
The Walkability Strategy will guide the City and partners to improve walkability in
Edmonton. It aims to identify best practices that are relevant to Edmonton as a
winter city, work with stakeholders to identify gaps, and develop a three to five
year strategy to address the gaps.
      City of Edmonton P, Alberta Health Services P, Stantec, Uof A P

City Environmental Policy C512
This policy commits the City to prevent pollution, improve environmental
performance and meet or exceed environmental regulations. This policy guides
the City’s environmental actions and initiatives.
Active Transportation Policy C544
Civic policy “to optimize Edmontonian’s opportunities to walk, roll, and cycle.”
This policy encourages public education, accessible design, and enacting further
policies and bylaws to support active transportation. Adopted October 2009.
Cycle Edmonton Bicycle Transportation Plan
Provides new direction to integrate bicycles into Edmonton’s transportation
system. Cycle Edmonton integrates with The Way We Move to encourage more
bicycling for functional bicycle trips. A comprehensive cycling network will also
encourage recreational cycling. Adopted March 2009.

Enviso – ISO 14001
Enviso is the City’s environmental management system, based on the
international standard ISO 14001. Enviso provides the City with a systematic
method for managing and improving environmental performance.
      City of Edmonton (Office of the Environment)P

(CO2RE) Carbon Dioxide Reduction Edmonton is the City of Edmonton’s
community greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy. It was created by

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Environmental Action
more than 20 local companies, non-profit organizations, institutions and
government agencies. CO2RE offers energy efficiency outreach and education
as well as rebates to residents and businesses. Working with community
partners, CO2RE contributed to the reduction of 18,585 tonnes of GHG
emissions in 2008.
    City of Edmonton (Office of the Environment) P, Project Porchlight C, EFCL C, Bullfrog
               B                      B
         Power , Sears Home-Central , Riverdale Net Zero Project C, Edmonton Public School

Be Idle Free A Minute or Less is Best
In 2009 Council approved a multi-year educational approach to reducing vehicle
idling in Edmonton. The first phase is to build awareness of the problem by
reinforcing campaign messages through existing and relevant City outreach
programs and partnerships.
        City of Edmonton (Office of the Environment) P, Edmonton Public School Board P,
         Edmonton Catholic School District P, EFCL, Alberta Environment P, City of Calgary P,
         Alberta Capital Airshed Alliance C

Earth Hour 2010
Edmonton was one of five Canadian Official Partner cities to join Earth Hour
2009; a global lights-out phenomenon, led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to
show support for action on climate change. Edmonton showed 5.19% reduction
in energy consumption during the March 28, 2009 event.
        City of Edmonton (Office of the Environment) P, World Wildlife Fund C

Edmonton Transit System (ETS)
ETS consists of over 950buses. The fleet operates on more than 180 routes. On
an average day, ETS carries about 16% of Edmonton’s population or 116,000
ETS participates in the Fuel Sense program and has seen an 11% fuel savings
among drivers trained with the techniques. ETS is also associated with a
recycling program for older buses.
ETS plays a key role in a sustainable community, and its commitment to sound
environmental practices have been recognized with ISO 14001 certification.
   LRT Service (Light Rail Transit)
   Edmonton’s electricity-powered train system carries over 50,000 riders a day.
   The system covers over 21km, 60+ LRT cars and 15 stations.
LRT Expansion
Expanding the LRT network is one way that Edmonton will meet objectives of
The Way We Move: Transportation Master Plan. In April 2010, the LRT line
expanded to Southgate and Century Park stations.
   New LRT Cars

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                                   Environmental Action
   ETS purchased 37 new SD160 cars. Modern technology makes these
   vehicles' systems more energy efficient and the vehicles passively regenerate
   power from braking, sending power back into the City's electrical lines.
Bikes on ETS
Bike racks are available on major east-west and north-south bus routes and on
the LRT in off peak hours. Cyclists can practice using a bus-bike rack with a
stationary version at M.E.C. ETS has installed four new bike lockers at South
Campus Transit Centre as a pilot program.
All new buses will come equipped with bike racks. Eventually, bicycle racks will
be available on all buses across Edmonton.
     ETS P, EBC C, Mountain Equipment Coop, City of Edmonton (Transportation & Streets) P
ETS Advisory Board
The Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board advises City Council, the
Transportation and Streets Department, and ETS on ways to improve public
transit and issues affecting the provision of public transit in Edmonton.
      City of Edmonton P, ETS P

Blue Bin & Blue Bag
Recyclables are collected through three programs: blue bags for single family
homes, blue bins at apartments/condos, and 20 depots located primarily at
shopping centres. Apartment, condo and residential residents take part in the
Blue Bins and Blue Bags on garbage day recycling program, with 88%
participation among single family dwellings.
      City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P

Three stations provide Edmontonians a central location to bring household
hazardous wastes, as well as bulky waste items (like old sofas), and recyclables.
      City of Edmonton (Waste Management)P

Reuse & Recycling Directory
Provides a listing of charities, businesses and City services that can accept,
reuse, recycle or dispose of your unwanted household items.
      City of Edmonton (Waste Management)P

Reuse Centre & Reuse Fairs
Reuse Fairs are one-day events where unwanted but reusable items are
collected and passed on to charities, non-profits, artists and schools.
The Reuse Centre accepts reusable items free of charge and makes them
available to organizations and citizens. The centre promotes the benefits of
reuse, provides affordable items to organizations and individuals and diverts
waste from the landfill.
      City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P, community leagues C

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Environmental Action
Composting & Recycling Public Education
        City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P
     Master Composter/Recycler Program
     Participants complete a free three-week composting and recycling course.
     Then each Master Composter/Recycler contributes 35 volunteer hours
     (minimum) to raise awareness of waste management. Over 380 volunteers
     have enrolled in the program 20 years.
     Grasscycling promotion campaign
     The City encourages residents to leave clippings on the lawn after mowing to
     reduce residential waste and improve lawn health. The campaign started in
     2005 and 40% of Edmontonians now grasscycle all or most of the time.
Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC)
The 233 ha EWMC is North America’s largest complex of modern, sustainable
waste processing and research facilities.
Along with the established reuse, recycling, composting and public education
programs, the EWMC diverts about 60% of residential waste from landfill,
        City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P
     Materials Recovery Facility
     All the recycling material collected from the City’s recycling program is taken
     to this 6,000 square metre facility, and sorted and baled for market. The
     Recovery Facility, one of the most advanced in North America for sorting
     mixed recyclables, is capable of recycling 40,000 tonnes of material a year.
     Edmonton Composting Facility & Co-Composter
     The largest co-composter of its kind in North America is located on 25 ha of
     land. It processes both municipal solid waste and biosolids (sewage sludge).
     The facility uses the waste to produce 80,000 tons of compost per year.
     Biofuels Facility
     Research to turn small unrecyclable pieces of wood, plastic and paper into
     fuel has lead to the construction of a full gasification facility and research
     centre in 2010. With existing waste management programs, the facility will
     allow Edmonton to divert 90% of residential waste from landfill.
Goldbar Wastewater Treatment Plant
     Wastewater Research and Training Centre (WRTC)
     Located on 19.5 hectares of land in the river valley, the Gold Bar Wastewater
     Treatment Plant handles wastewater requirements for 700,000 people in the
     Capital Region. Current treatment capacity is 310 megalitres (ML)/day. In one
     year, the treatment volume at the plant is roughly 100,000 ML.
        City of Edmonton (Drainage Services) P, EPCOR

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   Wastewater Reuse
   Water quality from wastewater treated at the Gold Bar facility allows up to 15
   million litres of treated final effluent per day to nearby industrial user as boiler
                                                       B              B
      City of Edmonton (Drainage Services) P, EPCOR , Petro-Canada

Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE)
   Edmonton Waste Management Centre
   Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
   The Centre is a world leader in research and training on waste and
   wastewater management. Both sites allow for testing, researching and
   piloting under laboratory conditions.
        UofA P, Alberta Research Council P, NAIT P, EPCOR, AMEC Earth and Environmental
            , City of Edmonton (Drainage Services) P
Environmental Advisory Committee
A citizen committee which advises the City on developing the Environmental
Strategic Plan.
Leadership in Energy &
Environmental Design (LEED
LEED is a building certification program that has more rigorous environmental
building guidelines than the Model National Energy Code. There are 4 levels of
certification, basic, silver, gold, and platinum each increasing efficiency by 25%.
      Canada Green Building Council C
   LEED Projects in Edmonton
   The following projects are examples of LEED projects throughout Edmonton:
   o   10830 Jasper Avenue
                                            PCL’s Centennial Learning Centre B
   o   AUMA Building
                      B                     Grant MacEwan Student Residence P
   o   EPL Lois Hole Library P              St. John Ambulance – Provincial Headquarters C
   o   Stantec Centre
                      B                     Grant MacEwan Robbins Health Learning Centre P
   o   Strathcona Eco-House
   LEED Commitment by the City of Edmonton
   The City is currently constructing seven facilities according to LEED silver
   standards, including a library and transit facility. Notable features of these
   buildings include use of rainwater for irrigation, alternative transportation, grey
   water use in toilets, reduced site disturbance and pollution, and recycling.
      City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P

EFCL Green Challenge 2011
Three Edmonton community leagues challenged all other community leagues to
make “green” changes that will save money and help reduce the environmental
impact of community league facilities and activities.
      EFCL C, Southwood Community LeagueC community leagues C

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Environmental Action
Eco-Solar Home Tour
The Eco-Solar Home Tour is a free tour of homes that display practical examples
of sustainability including: renewable energy (solar, wind, and geothermal),
energy security, energy efficiency, water efficiency, low emission technologies
and natural landscaping.
        Eco-Solar Home Tour Society of Alberta C

Herbicide Exemption Request Program (HERP)
Citizens may request the City to discontinue chemical treatment along fence lines
and/or weed control within five meters of residential property next to City
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Water Efficiency Guide & Tips
As the largest provider of water and drainage services in Edmonton, EPCOR
offers this information, online, for customers to conserve water and money.
        EPCOR
To encourage carpooling, the City of Edmonton began partnering with Trans
Canada in Jun 2007 to provide a free online ride matching service to
residents in the Capital Region. The number of registrants has grown close to
2,400 within the Edmonton area.
        City of Edmonton (Sustainable Transportation), P Trans Canada P C

Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
     City of Edmonton TDM Committee
     The City of Edmonton TDM Committee was developed to ensure that the
     planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of TDM within the
     City are done in a coordinated fashion.
        City of Edmonton (Transportation & Streets, & Community Services, & Asset
         Management & Public Works, & Planning & Development) P
     Capital Region TDM Committee
     The Capital Region TDM Committee was developed to ensure that the
     planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of TDM initiatives
     within the Capital Region are done in a coordinated fashion.
        Strathcona County P, City of St. Albert P, City of Fort Saskatchewan P, City of Spruce
         GroveP, Town of Stony Plain P, Leduc County P, City of Edmonton P

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                                    Environmental Action
Commuter Challenge
The Commuter Challenge is a simple competition among workplaces and
Canadian cities. The Commuter Challenge encourages fewer single occupancy
vehicles for trips to and from the workplace. During Canadian Environmental
Week , the City of Edmonton was a host for the local Commuter Challenge.
      City of Edmonton (Sustainable Transportation) P

reroute Program
In May 2009, this one-year pilot project will encourage City employees to avoid
the use of a single occupancy vehicle as part of their daily commute and to
explore new and exciting ways to commute by carpool, public transit, cycling, or
walking. An online program allows employees to record progress.
      City of Edmonton (Sustainable Transportation) P

Bike Month
Each year the City of Edmonton collaborates with a number of local bicycle
advocacy and environmental groups to organize Bike Month in June. The month
consists of a variety of free events and culminates with Bikeology, an annual bike
festival where cyclists of all shapes and sizes come together to celebrate cycling.
      City of Edmonton (Sustainable Transportation) P, EBC C, Edmonton Bicycle Touring Club
       C                           B              B
        , Mountain Equipment Coop , United Cycle

Multi-Use Trail Corridor Network
The Multi-Use Trail Corridor provides a 10 year plan to implement a network of
multi-use trails across Edmonton. The multi-use trail networks offers convenient
access and linkages to all sectors of Edmonton in a secure, economically
feasible, and aesthetically pleasing manner.
      City of Edmonton (Transportation & Streets) P

Walkable Edmonton
Walkable Edmonton seeks to develop resources to support neighbourhood
initiatives, engage Edmontonians in creating a pedestrian friendly community,
and advocate for and work toward change in civic policies, programs, standards,
and practices that will enhance walkability in Edmonton.
      City of Edmonton (Walkable Edmonton) P

Walkable Edmonton Toolkit & Checklist
A guide of advocacy ideas, design concepts and walkability tools, with numerous
other resources to make life in Edmonton more walkable. The checklist is a tool
to assess walkable aspects in a neighbourhood.
      City of Edmonton (Walkable Edmonton) P

LocalMotion eco-Mobility Project
In June 2009, Parkallen neighbourhood participated in this Community
Demonstration Project. LocalMotion aimed to get residents out of their cars and

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Environmental Action
adopt alternative transportation. Edmonton is the first city in the world to
implement a month-long community demonstration project of this nature.
        City of Edmonton P, Global Alliance for EcoMobility C, ETS P, Transport Canada P,
         Parkallen Community League C

Communities on Foot Map Series
Neighbourhood walking maps are developed through community consultation to
identify walking routes, destinations, and points of interest around a community,
including heritage & memorial trees, community gardens and green spaces.
Current maps for: Woodcroft, Riverbend, Strathcona, Parkallen
        City of Edmonton (Active Edmonton & Walkable Edmonton) P, community leagues C

Sidewalk Strategy
Strategy to prioritize and fund construction of missing sidewalks in Edmonton's
residential and industrial areas and to replace sidewalks in poor condition.
        City of Edmonton (Planning & Development, Transportation) P

Trails, Paths and Routes Advisory Committee TPRAC
Formed in 2004, TRPAC represents various stakeholder groups (cyclists,
pedestrians, skiers, skateboarders, horseback riders, etc.) to civic administration.
Bimonthly meetings include City staff of all departments to receive and new
initiatives regarding active transportation and related topics.
        City of Edmonton P, various community groups C

Additional On-Street Bicycle Routes
Approximately 19km of new “sharrow” routes and bicycle lanes are being
constructed in 2011.
    City of Edmonton (Transportation Department)C
BikeWorks Community Bicycle Workshop
A bicycle repair shop with a complete set of tools for repairs and used parts.
Volunteer mechanics are on hand to advise users on how to repair and maintain
their bikes. Used bikes are received as donations and sold to customers.
BikeWorks offers a venue for Edmontonians in the bicycle community.
        EBC C
Edmonton's Children's-Organized
Anti-Idling Recruiters (Eco-Air)
This environmental youth group was an Alberta Emerald Award finalist for their
work to reduce idling and mobilize adult support against unnecessary idling.
E-SAGE Community Meetings
Edmontonians Supporting a Green Economy hosts monthly Community
Meetings. These are facilitated discussions on a particular topic of the month.
        E-SAGE C

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                                            Cultural Heritage
Official Documents
Alberta Historic Resources Act (provincial statute)
Empowers a municipal government to designate property as a Municipal Historic
Resource if preservation will be in the public interest. Designation provides
properties with protection from demolition or inappropriate alterations and may
make property owners eligible for financial assistance and/or other incentives.
Edmonton Historical Board Bylaw No. 13601
Establishes the Edmonton Historical Board to advise City Council on matters
relating to City historical issues and civic heritage policies and to encourage,
promote, and advocate for the preservation and safeguarding of historical
properties, resources, communities, and documentary heritage.
City of Edmonton Archives Policy C448
Provides for a planned program to collect, preserve, and present historical
records of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton City Council, and public and private
collections relating to the history of Edmonton.
Percent for Art to Provide & Encourage
Art in Public Places C458A
The City allocates one percent of the construction budget of construction projects
towards the purchase or commission of art to be publicly displayed at local sites,
parks or structures.
Policy to Encourage the Designation &
Rehabilitation of Municipal Historical Resources C450B
Enables compensation and incentives to owners of historical resources while
ensuring the resources are designated and legally protected as Municipal
Historical Resource.
The Art of Living
This plan for securing the future of arts and heritage in Edmonton (2008-2018)
outlines ways to increase support, funding and visibility for artistic and heritage
endeavors then recommending ways to move forward.
      EAC C

Community Public Art Grants
Grants for public art, available to community groups partnered with local artists,
to create lasting art that fosters community pride and appreciation of the arts.
Grants are provide by the City and administered by EAC.
      EAC C, City of Edmonton P

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One Percent for Art program
EAC administrates the Percent for Art policy and provides advice and services
about public art to the City of Edmonton.
   Arts on City Parkland
   A subcommittee of the Public Art committee is working in collaboration with
   Parks to curate public art in City parks.
        EAC C
Museums, Archives & Heritage facilities
Edmonton has 23 cultural heritage facilities. Most of these are operated in
partnership with community groups and business partners.
        Alberta Association of Registered               Legislative Assembly Interpretative
         Nurses Museum and Archives                       Centre P
        Alberta Aviation Museum C                       Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum
         Alberta Museum Association C
        Alberta Railway Museum C                        Lutheran Historical Institute C
        Anglican Archives of Canada,                    Muttart Conservatory P
         Diocese of Edmonton C                           Oblates of Mary Immaculate
        Archives Society of Alberta C                    Archives C
        Art Gallery of Alberta C                        Provincial Archives of Alberta P
        C&E Railway Museum C                            Royal Alberta Museum P
        Canadian Moravian Historical                    Rutherford House Provincial Historic
         Society C                                        Site P
        City of Edmonton Archives P                     Telephone Historical Centre C
        Edmonton Police Museum &                        Telus World of Science P
         Archives C                                      Ukrainian Canadian Archives &
        Edmonton Power Historical                        Museum of Albert C
         Foundation C                                    Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League
        Edmonton Public School’s Archives                of Canada Arts & Crafts Museum C
         & Museum C                                      United Church of Canada Alberta &
        Edmonton Radial Railway Society c                Northwest Conference Archives C
        Fort Edmonton Park P                            University of Alberta Archives P
        Government House P                              University of Alberta Archives Bruce
        Jewish Archives and Historical                   Peel Special Collections Library P
         Society of Edmonton and Northern                University of Alberta Museums P
         Alberta C                                       Valley Zoo P
        John Janzen Nature Centre P
         John Walter Museum P
City Cemetery Tours
Guided tours through three of Edmonton’s oldest cemeteries: Beechmount,
Edmonton, and Mount Pleasant Cemeteries.
Doors Open Edmonton
Held between July 8-10, Edmontonians can take advantage of free tours of
architecturally significant places around town. This gives people an opportunity to
celebrate Edmonton’s built heritage, modern buildings and arts community.
        EAC C, City of Edmonton P, Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage) P, Alberta
         Historical Resources Foundation C, Edmonton REALTORS Association B, Travel Alberta
          , Heritage Community Foundation C 790CFCW B, Government of Alberta P, CTV B, Van

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       Houtte Café B, 96.3 Capital FM B, ENMAX B, Real Estate Weekly, Metro B, Edmonton
       Regional Tourism Group C, Heritage Collaborative B, Edmonton Heritage Council C, La
       Boheme Restaurant B

Edmonton & Northern Alberta Historic Festival
The annual Historic Festival, held July 8-17, presents family oriented events and
activities that showcase the stories of our history and cultural heritage in urban
and rural setting.
      Edmonton & District Historic Society C
Fort Edmonton Park
A living history park that traces the growth and development of Edmonton
through four historical periods represented by: The Fort, 1885 Street, 1905 Street
and 1920 Street. The site encompasses 158 acres and displays over 75 original
and reconstructed historical buildings.
Historic Resource Management Program
Designed to identify, facilitate, and manage the conservation of Edmonton’s
historic resources for the benefit of all Edmontonians. The program includes
maintaining and reviewing the inventory and Register of Historic Resources in
Edmonton, designating historical resources, advising and assisting with
management of historic resources, promoting public awareness, and reviewing of
development applications. There are over 600 historic resources registered in the
city of which 87 are protected.
      City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P, Edmonton Historical Board P
Old Strathcona Provincial Historic Area
In 2007, this section of Old Strathcona, one of the oldest and most vibrant
neighbourhoods in Edmonton, was designated as a provincial historic site. Thirty
sites are included, 14 are already historically designated, and 18 are eligible for
      Old Strathcona Foundation C, Old Strathcona Business Association C
This Old Edmonton House
A seminar series for Edmontonians to learn how to care, maintain, and renovate
heritage houses appropriately.
      City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P
Fort Edmonton Cemetery &
Traditional Burial Grounds
This site is significant as an aboriginal burial ground and cemetery until the early
18th century. The site served First Nations people, French voyagers, Métis and
European settlers.
The present design reflects a plan agreed upon by stakeholders that required
closure of a portion of roadway, respectfully re-interring remains, and memorial
designs to reflect the peoples who have used the site over hundreds of years.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P

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Cultural Heritage
Edmonton High Level Street Car &
Fort Edmonton Park Street Cars
A historic street car ride from Old Strathcona to downtown Edmonton across the
High Level Bridge – the world’s highest street car river crossing. The heritage
cars are restored, maintained, and operated by community volunteers. The
Society also operates street cars in Fort Edmonton Park.
        Edmonton Radial Rail Society C, City of Edmonton (Fort Edmonton Park) P
Servus Heritage Festival
One of the largest festivals in Edmonton, featuring over 63 pavilions by ethno-
cultural groups from over 75 cultures of the world. Guests visit the pavilions to
sample culinary delicacies, watch performances, and shop for crafts, artwork, or
clothing. Pavilions also showcase cultural displays of photos, paraphernalia, and
stories about their culture or ethnic background. Pavilions are organized and
presented by volunteers from ethno-cultural groups throughout Edmonton.
        Edmonton Heritage Festival Association C
Heritage Trail & Victoria Promenade
A walking tour beginning at 96 Street, following Jasper and 100 Avenue West, to
121 Street. The trail uses ornamental lights, signs, and sidewalk design to link
historic sites, interpretive panels and top of the bank views of the river.
        City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P
Realtor’s Row
Sponsored by Edmonton’s Real Estate Board, Realtor’s Row in Sir Winston
Churchill Square consists of 25 panels telling the story of Edmonton’s economic
development over the past 100 years. It also features 9 arbour glass canopies
and five Story Poles.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Edmonton Real Estate Board C
Prince of Wales Armories Heritage Centre
& City of Edmonton Archives
A rehabilitated heritage building which currently houses several heritage and
historical groups. The Armouries also houses the Telephone Historical Centre,
Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum, and the City of Edmonton Archives.
The City of Edmonton Archives is a public research facility housing civic
government and private records of Edmonton's history.
        City of Edmonton P

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Ethnic & Cultural Communities
Edmonton is a city of newcomers and these immigrant communities contribute a
vibrant and diverse sense of identity to our city. Edmonton has several distinct
ethnic areas and over 60 ethnic associations.
      Little Italy                Little Lebanon
      Chinatown                   The French-Quarter
      Little India                Ethnic & Cultural Associations
There are over 60 active ethnic and cultural associations and societies operating
throughout Edmonton to preserve and celebrate traditions, customs, food, music,
dance and crafts.
A Century of Gardening
A magazine-style book describing the horticultural history of Edmonton, including
100 years of involvement by the Edmonton Horticultural Society. Books have
been distributed to EHS members, libraries, and archives in Edmonton.
      EHS C
Edmonton Heritage Council
A non profit organization set up by Council to support the activities and initiatives
of Edmonton’s various heritage groups. Edmonton Heritage Council provides a
unified voice for the heritage community and may take on various partnerships,
projects or advocacy roles that promote the awareness and development of
effective heritage principles and practices.
      Edmonton Heritage CouncilC
Edmonton Historian Laureate
The Historian Laureate is an honorary position meant to promote and champion
Edmonton’s storied history. Respected historian Ken Tingley has just begun his
two year term in this newly created position, and will be involved in original
research, publications and presentations to the public. Edmonton’s Historian
Laureate program is the only one of its kind in Canada, and is a progressive step
in engaging the public with their past.
      Edmonton Heritage CouncilC

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Natural Heritage
Official Documents
Parkland Bylaw No. 2202
Promotes the safe, enjoyable and reasonable use of parkland while preserving
natural ecosystems for the benefit of all. The bylaw establishes a rule book for
activities on parkland and guides City staff as stewards for parkland.
Natural Areas Systems Policy C531
Encourages voluntary conservation and private sponsorship of natural sites.
Aims to conserve significant, environmentally sensitive areas on Edmonton's
table lands. Natural site assessments of areas proposed for development.
Natural Connections Strategic Plan
This plan applies an outcome-based, ecological network approach to the
conservation of Edmonton's system of natural areas. It sets out a conservation
direction to guide planning over 10 years.
Zoning Bylaw No. 12800
Enhanced Protection of Natural Areas
Amendments further preserve and protect natural areas, including a protection
zone and a management plan required for development in natural areas.
Wildlife Passage Engineering Design Guidelines
Development of guidelines to preserve and construct wildlife passages in
locations where road development could negatively impact wildlife movement.
        Office of Biodiversity (Parks Branch) P
Natural Area Management Plan
Formally establishes the City of Edmonton stewardship objectives and
operational strategies for natural areas.
        Office of Biodiversity (Parks Branch) P

Office of Biodiversity
The Office protects Edmonton’s ecologically sensitive areas through creation of
protected areas, ecologically conscious development, and public education. The
Office is committed to conserving a connected network of natural areas,
maintaining a healthy environment for the city’s wildlife and human inhabitants.
        City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P
Local Action for Biodiversity
International study of municipalities on biodiversity protection. This 6-year project
is helping Edmonton to showcase biodiversity initiatives and learn better
practices from the 18 participating cities across the globe. Project includes

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development of a biodiversity report and 10-year biodiversity action plan. Phase
II (underway) addresses biodiversity protection through Communication,
Education and Public Awareness.
      City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P, ICLEI C
Cities Biodiversity Index
Edmonton is part of a group a cities (Brussels, Curitiba, Nagoya, Waitakere,
Montreal), technical experts, and global conservation NGOs who are developing
biodiversity self-assessment tools. The index will be released at the 10th
Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2011).
      City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P
Natural Area Borrowing Bylaw & Acquisition Strategy
An initiative borrowing $20 million to purchase priority natural areas that have
higher levels of biodiversity. The Office of Biodiversity is implementing a strategy
to acquire natural area lands supporting the natural area system and ecological
      City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P
Alberta Land Trust Alliance
Edmonton is one of three municipal members of the Alberta Land Trust Alliance,
an umbrella group for Alberta’s land trust community.
      City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P, Edmonton and Area Land Trust, Alberta Fish
       & Game Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada,Wild Elk
Edmonton and Area Land Trust
A non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to acquiring and
conserving the natural heritage of the region through private stewardship.
      City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P, Alberta Real Estate Foundation C, Urban
       Development Institute C, Land Stewardship Centre of Canada C, Edmonton Nature Club C,
       Edmonton Community Foundation C, Legacy Lands Conservation Society C
Master Naturalist Volunteer Program
Started in 2009, the Master Naturalist Program provides Edmontonians a chance
to learn and care for Edmonton’s natural areas and biodiversity. This “learn and
serve” program gives volunteers an opportunity to learn about natural areas,
ecology, and naturalization and then provide meaningful volunteer work.
      City of Edmonton (Office of Biodiversity) P, Edmonton and Area Land Trust C, North
       Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance C, Alberta Riverwatch C, UofA P, The Urban Farmer B,
       Evergreen C, Nature Alberta C, Alberta Mycological Society C, Edmonton Nature Club C,
       Edmonton Naturalization Group C, Alberta Invasive Plant Council C
John Janzen Nature Centre
John Janzen Nature Centre offers programs, events, exhibits and information to
encourage awareness and understanding of nature in an urban setting.
      City of Edmonton (John Janzen Nature Centre) P, Edmonton Nature Centers FoundationC

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     Native Perennial Demonstration Bed
     Display of 37 native perennial plants at the John Janzen Nature Centre
     encouraging Edmontonians to understand and appreciate native plants.
     Maintained by volunteers.
        ENG C, City of Edmonton (John Janzen Nature Centre) P
Garden Plot of Native Plants
An area at Old Man Creek Nursery dedicated to growing over one hundred native
wildflowers, grasses, and sedges. The sites is used for plant rescues, harvesting
seeds, and distribution to naturalization and rehabilitation projects.
        ENG C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Exotic Forest Pest Survey
Detecting the arrival of any invasive insect species. These include banded elm
bark beetle, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle and gypsy moth.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Thistle Patrol
A group of volunteers who get together weekly to weed creeping (Canada) thistle
and other invasive plants from natural areas in Mill Creek and Fulton Ravine.
        ENG C
Shooting Star Hill
A ravine slope with spring seeping out of the escarpment. Citizens are
progressively replanting this site with native plant vegetation while removing the
Caragana shrubs that have proliferated on this hill. A Partners-in-Parks project.
        ENG C
Big Lake Management Plan Committee
This partnership committee was formed to protect Big Lake, an Edmonton
biodiversity core area through collaboration with regional partners.
        Parkland County P, City of Edmonton P, Lac Ste. Anne P, Town of Stony Plain P, City of
         Spruce Grove P, Sturgeon County P, City of St. Albert P
River Valley Alliance (RVA)
A collaborative effort to preserve, protect, and enhance the Capital Region North
Saskatchewan River Valley. The RVA proposes a balance of protecting pristine
areas while ensuring access and enjoyment of the river valley for active and
passive pursuits.
        Town of Devon P, Parkland County P, Leduc County P, Strathcona County P, Sturgeon
         County P, City of Fort Saskatchewan P, City of Edmonton P
Erosion and Sedimentation Control
Guidelines & Field Manual
Informs City units, homeowners, developers, consultants, and contractors on the
Drainage Services' Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) Framework, how to
meet the City's ESC requirements for effective environmental stewardship.
        City of Edmonton (Drainage Services) P

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Alberta RiverWatch
Enables Grade 9 science students to learn about science aboard large inflated
rafts as floating laboratories. Alberta RiverWatch explores a 10 km section of the
river, making shoreline stops to conduct water chemistry and biology tests. Back
at school, students answer the question, "How healthy is your river?"
      Alberta RiverWatch P
Park Steward Program
Park Stewards maintain contact with river valley program coordinators and call in
maintenance and safety concerns or inappropriate behaviour in Edmonton’s river
valley park system.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
River Day
A family event of activities celebrating river activities and water safety. Visitors
learn the importance of the North Saskatchewan River, discover the many types
of water bugs, learn to fish, and check out numerous environmental displays.
      Mountain Equipment Coop , Paddle Alberta , Alberta Hunter Education , Strathcona
       Industrial Association , The Fishin’ Hole , City of Edmonton (Parks)
River Valley Outdoor Programs
Public courses on activities available in Edmonton’s river valley, including
kayaking, orienteering, fishing, or snowshoeing.
      City of Edmonton (Community Services)
Wildlife Rehabilitation Shelter
Provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife and promotes
understanding and respect for wildlife through education. WRSE has helped over
10,500 birds and mammals since 1989. Animals receive proper medical
treatment to return animals back to their natural habitat.
      Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton
Junior Wildlife Ambassador Program
A volunteer driven outreach education program educating elementary students
on the importance of wildlife in our community.
      Edmonton Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
Alberta Fungal Database
The database consolidates information from private collections, publications,
universities, and institutions across Alberta. This tool demonstrates the
biodiversity of fungi for the forest industry, government bodies, and mycologists.
      Alberta Mycological Society , Alberta Conservation Association
Play Rangers Program
A community outreach program to increase public awareness and public
perception of natural areas through “nature play” for children.
    City of Edmonton (Community Services)

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Official Documents
Community Standards Bylaw No. 14600
The Community Standards Bylaw enforces proper care and maintenance of all
public and private trees to minimize the spread of Dutch elm disease.
Corporate Tree Management Policy C456
Protects and preserves trees on City property. Only City staff or approved
arborists can maintain or remove City trees. Trees are assessed a monetary
value and damages to this green infrastructure are recouped from internal and
external parties for replacement of tree canopy. This encourages alternate
design and construction methods as an incentive to maintain a mature urban
    Appendix: Guidelines for Evaluation of Trees
    Outlines criteria for the City of Edmonton to value trees on City property.
Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP)
The City of Edmonton (Parks-Forestry) is actively developing an Urban Forest
Management Plan. This plan is devised under the Urban Parks Master Plan and
will be presented to City Council in Fall 2011.
City of Edmonton Design and Construction Standards
Blue book standards for planting and landscaping
Development standards for landscaping and green infrastructure has been
developed in collaboration with the planning, architectural, and design
community. These standards provide for green space in new developments.
        City of Edmonton P, Urban Development Institute C

Capital City Downtown Plan
This plan identifies trees as a major component of a vibrant urban centre.
Edmonton has committed to increasing the downtown urban canopy cover by 20
per cent in the next 10 years.

Tree Inventory
There are over 288,000 ornamental trees on City of Edmonton property valued at
approximately $1.1 billion. The Tree Inventory maps all public trees with species,
size, condition, pruning and maintenance history. It also maps all private elm
trees for monitoring of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

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   Edmonton’s Elms
   The stately elm trees growing throughout Edmonton are a civic treasure.
   Many mature neighbourhoods feature elm canopy arching over residential
   streets. With over 70,000 elm trees (public and private), Edmonton has the
   largest stand of DED-free elm trees in North America.
DED Prevention
The City works with the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease for public
awareness and proper arboriculture practice. Municipal initiatives include:
   o Receive public inquiries/reports of DED (311 Edmonton)
   o Qualified biologists to monitor for DED
   o Annual elm pruning ban between April 1 to September 30
   o Ban on storing and transporting elm wood
   o Increased pruning cycle to reduce the amount of dead wood in trees
   o Elm wood bins at recycling depots to properly dispose of elm wood
      STOPDED C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Tree Pruning & Maintenance
The City employs 15 full-time arborists during the pruning season. More than
60% of City arborists are Certified Arborists by the International Society of
Arboriculture (ISA). The City also contracts ISA certified tree service companies
for additional tree maintenance.
Tree maintenance is done on regular cycles – 4 years for elm trees and 8 years
for other tree species. City crews also respond to all tree work calls requested by
citizens and councilors.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Arboriculture Training & Professional Practice
The City of Edmonton fosters professional arboriculture practice among forestry
staff and contractors. Incentives encourage safe workplace practice, obtaining
ISA certification, IPM certification and continual training and improvement.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P, ISA C, Society of Municipal Arborists C

Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (O.F.R.E.)
OFRE supports food security and urban agriculture by harvesting food in the city.
Residents offer fruit trees for harvesting, while volunteers come out to harvest
this food. Volunteers get 1/3rd, homeowners get 1/3rd and the Edmonton Food
Bank gets 1/3rd. OFRE also educates about harvesting and pest management.
      O.F.R.E.C

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University of Alberta Tree Diversity
Long renowned in Edmonton as an unofficial arboretum, the north campus is
home to trees that are rare for Edmonton, e.g. amur cork and ginkgo biloba, as
well specimen elms and pine. They are a rich learning tool for Forestry students.
        University of Alberta P

Forestry Policy & Contracts Team
Nine urban foresters manage contracts with external tree service companies,
evaluate and valuate trees, provide quality control, and enforce urban forest
policies. Personnel are ISA certified arborists, hold agriculture or forestry degrees
or diplomas, and have a minimum of 3 years experience in the industry.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Annual Tree Health Assessment
Begun in 2001 due to drought conditions, the Annual Tree Health Assessment
confirms the health of trees on City boulevards, parks, walkways, and buffers.
Over four months, 4 qualified personnel inspect for tree health, critical pests and
disease. Trees beyond recovery are marked for removal. Crews also collect rain
water and insect information.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Replacement Tree Plantings
The City will replace 1500 trees in 2011. Included in this figure are trees funded
from compensation for damage to, or removal of, other trees on City property.
   Funding for Drought Replacement Plantings
   City Council has committed additional funds in 2008 to replace a large portion
   of trees lost due to drought in 2001 to 2005.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Tree Watering
Newly planted trees and transplanted trees are on specialized watering programs
based on their size. This is tracked through the Tree Inventory. $1.3 million is
spent annually on tree watering. (This has tripled since 2000.)
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
     Tree Watering Conservation Research
     Irrigation Bag Project
     This research project assesses the effectiveness of Ooze Tube® and
     Treegator® slow release water bags to deliver water to newly planted trees. It
     is in its final year of evaluation.
     Weeping Tile Irrigation in Centre Medians
     The use of underground fabric mesh covered perforated tubing has been
     used with success in centre medians. PVC pipes are available at the surface
     to be filled by water trucks every 100m of tubing length.

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Urban Forestry & Infrastructure Renewal
During neighbourhood infrastructure renewal projects (new street lights,
sidewalks, streets, etc.), Parks staff work cooperatively with contractors to protect
and preserve mature trees. Forestry personnel advise on best practices before,
during and after development to mitigate damage to trees.
      City of Edmonton (Parks & Transportation & Streets) P, infrastructure contractors

Urban Forestry & Light Rail Transit (LRT) Expansion
LRT expansion has been fast tracked to complete west, south, and north lines by
2016. Even though timelines are tight, Transportation has made a commitment to
tree protection by choosing paths that have few trees and by incorporating
existing trees into the designs.
      City of Edmonton (Parks & Transportation & Streets) P, infrastructure contractors

Root Restricting Planting Sites
City testing new methods for increasing and amending soil volumes for trees
planted in sites with restricted rooting space. New planting pit designs hold three
times more soil than standard sidewalk pits.
      City of Edmonton (Parks & Transportation & Streets) P
   The Really Grate Tree Project
   Downtown improvement money was allocated to improving the state of the
   downtown trees. A study to soil test and amend current pits as well as a
   increased soil volume retrofit project has been funded.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P DBA

Old Man Creek Nursery (OMCN)
OMCN holds and maintains plant material purchased for projects on City sites.
Trees are also grown on-site for sale to future City projects. Professional nursery
practice at OMCN promotes best practice to the local nursery industry.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
   Domestic Phytosanitary Nursery Certification
   OMCN is committed to nursery certification. Monitoring and inspection will
   protect the urban forest by preventing plant pests and disease being
   distributed through OMCN by plant material.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Canadian Nursery Certification Institute C
   Regional Woody Plant Test Project
   This project evaluates woody plants to determine suitability for climate areas
   of Alberta. Plants are monitored for landscape quality and hardiness over six
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P, LANTA C, private nurseries

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     Prairie Trial of Rural and Urban Shade Trees (Prairie TRUST)
     Edmonton joins three others sites on the prairies in an experiment with new
     shade tree varieties. The goal of the Prairie TRUST is to increase diversity of
     tree species in the urban forest.
        Western Nursery Growers Group , City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Public Education
     Urban Forestry Education Materials
     Forestry has created new brochures and distribution materials about tree
     protection, tree preservation, caring for City trees, and planting on City
     property. New displays also present urban forest topics for public exhibits.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
     Urban Forestry Presentations
     Forestry regularly gives presentations to community groups, secondary
     schools,other departments, Council to learn about tree management, policies,
     and working around trees.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
     Alberta Forest Week
     Displays and exhibits about trees and forestry.
        Alberta Sustainable Resource Development P, City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Telus World of
         Science P
     Arbor Day celebrations
     Events for grade one students in Edmonton celebrating trees and the urban
     forest. Activities include tree seedlings distributed to all grade one students
     across Edmonton, classroom visits by arborists, ceremonial tree planting, tree
     climbing demonstrations, bucket truck and zip-line rides, guided nature walks.
        LANTA C, ISA C, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development P, Tree Canada C, Junior
         Forest Wardens C, Davies Tree Service , City of Edmonton (Parks) P

CPTED Assessments & Training
City (Forestry) works with community leagues and EPS to address natural
surveillance concerns in public spaces. Recommendations recognize that trees
are valuable for creating vibrant public spaces, as part of CPTED actions.
        City of Edmonton P, EPS P

Tree Donation Program
Residents may donate trees from their private property to the City of Edmonton.
Acceptable trees are transplanted to public property and donors receive a
charitable tax receipt.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

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Commemorative Trees
Citizens fund the costs of a tree, plaque, and future maintenance and
replacement to commemorate a person, organization, or event.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Heritage Trees of Alberta
A voluntary program in which Edmontonians nominated trees to the “Heritage
Trees of Alberta” book and on-line Tree Registry. This recognizes the historical
and landscape value of trees throughout Edmonton and Alberta.
      Heritage Tree Foundation of Alberta C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P

   Prairie Urban Forest Alliance (PUFA)
   The City of Edmonton participates in this discussion forum about best
   practices for urban forestry in prairie municipalities.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Prairie Urban Forest Alliance C
   Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association (LANTA)
   The City of Edmonton works with the LANTA Growers Group on tree
   standards and best practices of young tree development. Also co-organizes a
   2-day tree workshop at the annual LANTA Conference.
   International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
   Many Forestry employees enjoy annual membership and certification through
   ISA. The City of Edmonton also supports private ISA certified arborists to do
   young tree pruning on future public trees in new developments.
Tree Injection of Pesticides
Certain pesticides are injected into trees, instead of canopy spraying. This
method increases the effect of pesticides and reduces runoff and public
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Disease Wood Composting Project
Project examines feasibility of composting diseased wood chips instead of
landfilling. Involves examining if disease organisms are killed in the process of
composting. If successful, composted wood would be used as a soil amendment.
      UofA P, City of Edmonton (Parks) P, City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P

Study on Road Salt and Tree Health
City of Edmonton worked in collaboration with the UofA to study the impacts of
road salt on trees and the use of fungi to mitigate salt stress.
      City of Edmonton (Parks & Transportation & Streets) P

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Urban Forest Effects Model (UFORE)
Sample plots are surveyed and analyzed to calculate the environmental benefits
such as carbon storage and sequestration, energy saving of reduced cooling or
heating, reduced storm water run off, pollution removal, etc.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Street Tree Resource Analysis Tool for Urban Forest Managers
Allows the Tree Inventory to provide a complete cost/benefit analysis of the
urban forest. Stratum provides a means of estimating environmental and asset
returns that the urban forest provides (e.g. energy conservation, storm water
drainage, increased property value, reduced pollution, and aesthetics).
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P

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Official Documents
The Way We Grow Municipal Development Plan
This document guides strategic growth and development to shape Edmonton’s
urban form, as well as directing Edmonton’s development and implementation of
more detailed plans. The plan aligns with the Transportation Master Plan and
regional coordination for future land use, growth patterns, and transportation.
      City of Edmonton P
Urban Parks Master Plan (UPMP)
This plan provides strategic direction for Edmonton’s park system to 2016. The
plan includes acquisition, design, construction, maintenance, preservation, and
use of parks.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Multi-Use Trail Corridor Network
This network will develop into 62km of trails running through utility righ-of-ways
and alongside rail lines. They will link residential districts with the downtown,
university area, and over 250km of existing trails.
      City of Edmonton (Transportation & Streets) P
Weed Control
Community Standards Bylaw No. 14600
Establishes minimum maintenance standards for property, buildings, and other
structures. Residents are required to maintain property to a reasonable standard
of aesthetic and repair and minimize nuisance to the community.

Neighbourhood Park Development Program (NPDP)
Since 1983, NPDP has supported the creation of great neighbourhood parks and
green spaces. Citizens actively participate in enhancing their neighbourhoods
with this cost-shared program. Having stood the test of time, NPDP continues as
the Edmonton’s single most important cost-shared parks program.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Alberta Avenue Initiative
Alberta Avenue, a 27 block stretch in Edmonton’s Northeast had lost its vibrancy,
so a concerted effort was undertaken by the community. They have improved
pedestrian lighting, organized community cleanups, planted flowers, hosted art
festivals, improved facades, and increased police visibility.
      Alberta Avenue Business Association C, City of Edmonton (Community Services &
       Planning & Development) P, Arts on the Avenue C

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Alberta Legislature Grounds
The 56 acre grounds of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta are landscaped with
lawns, trees, shrubs, and gardens, The design features include fountains, a
reflecting pool, two amphitheatres, bandshell, a bowling green, and a skating
     o   Government of Alberta P
Centennial Legacy Mural Project
40 artistically painted utility boxes in the Old Strathcona area, covered with a
graffiti shield which allows for easier cleaning. This initiative has greatly reduced
graffiti in the boxes, which are cleaned and restored as necessary.
     o   Old Strathcona Business Association C, Youth at Risk C, Government of Canada P, City of
         Edmonton P
Edmonton Urban Design Awards
Promotes awareness of urban design and architectural excellence in Edmonton.
     o   Royal Architectural Institute of Canada C, City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P
EHS Centennial Garden
A perennial and shrub garden recognizing the 100th anniversary of EHS in 2009,
the garden connects the Muttart Conservatory grounds to Louise McKinney Park.
     o   EHS C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Façade and Storefront Improvement Program
Encourages commercial property owners to invest in façade renovations and
storefront upgrades through grants for a portion of the cost. With 26 projects
completed over 2008 and 2009.
     o   City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P
Front Yards in Bloom
Over 1500 attractive private gardens were nominated and recognized in 2011 for
contributing to a more beautiful community. Top yards act as a model for other
gardeners to visit and learn.
o Natural Front Yard           ENG
o Edible Front Yard            Sustainable Food Edmonton
o Community partnerships 39 community leagues
     o   EHS C, Canadian Union of Postal Workers C City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Gateway Boulevard 103rd Street Beautification Project
In 1995, the City launched this project to beautify this primary entrance corridor.
Collaboration between businesses and the City of Edmonton has resulted in
upgraded and landscaped frontages, improved traffic circulation, and new shrubs
and flowerbeds.
     o   South Edmonton Business Association C, Old Strathcona Business Association C, City of
         Edmonton P

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Gateway Park
The most significant entrance to Edmonton, Gateway Park includes a Visitor
Information Centre, and original Leduc No. 1 oil derrick. The City maintains
flower and landscape beds around the park as well as picnic sites.
   o   City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Edmonton Tourism P
Naturalized Constructed Wetlands
The City has 12 wetland areas which function as natural filtration sites to clean
pollutants from water runoff before it returns to the North Saskatchewan River.
Ribbon of Steel
Completed in 2003 this North-South multi-use trail runs along former CP Rail
lands North of the High Level Bridge. The area has new landscaping, lighting,
rest areas, and interpretive features that link downtown to across the river. The
Edmonton Radial Railway Society operates streetcars along the corridor.
   o   Edmonton Radial Railway Society C, City of Edmonton (Transportation & Streets) P
The Places: Art & Design in Public Spaces
A multi-partner initiative to facilitate the acquisition and display of art and design
in Edmonton’s downtown. This project raises the profile and livability of
downtown, making it an attractive place for business, residents, and tourists.
   o   DBA C, The Works International Visual Arts Society C, EAC C, City of Edmonton (Planning
       & Development) P
City of Edmonton Entrance Signs
Each of the major entrance route to Edmonton features “Welcome to Edmonton”
signs with flower beds and landscaping. The signs include branding like “City of
Champions”, “Alberta’s Capital City”, and Edmonton as a “Community in Bloom”.
   o   City of Edmonton (Parks) P
CPTED Assessments
EPS, alongside City units from Parks and Community Services and community
members, evaluate private properties or public spaces to find design elements
that can be altered or installed to deter crime and negative activity.
   o   City of Edmonton (Parks) P, EPS P
Urban Design Group
Unit of the City of Edmonton which prepares urban design policies, reviews
development proposals, influences urban planning, and preserves historic
   o   City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P
Integrated Turf Management Practices
Includes practices to restore and maintain turf on sports fields. These include
aeration (core aeration, slicing, and deep tine aeration), topdressing with
municipal compost, overseeding application, and irrigation and drainage.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
   Compost Top-Dressing on Developed Turf
   Applying larger volumes of compost as top dressing on sportsfields.

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Field Rest Program
Limits the hours of use allowed on one sports field before restoration is needed.
A field is taken out of service and turf rebuilding begins as soon as possible.
Inclement Weather Field Closures
Guidelines are set up for closing sports fields due to poor weather. This
minimizes turf damage and repair costs. These closures depend on the amount
of precipitation or standing water and are posted on the City website.
Components of a Good Turfgrass Program
Information is provided through the City of Edmonton website on how
Edmontonians can develop an effective strategy for good turfgrass themselves.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Good Growing Neighbours
Alongside Edmonton’s Integrated Pest Management, Good Growing Neighbours
seeks to educate the public about effective ways of maintaining yards in an
environmentally friendly way. Turf maintenance practices are higher cutting
heights, mulching grass, watering roots, removing thatch, and top dressing and
        Strathcona County P, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Naturalization Program
Projects that are alternatives to ornamental landscaping where volunteers plant
native plant species to grow and adapt to the landscape. This provides habitat for
wildlife, reduces maintenance costs, and prevents erosion.
                                              B        B                     B
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Enbridge , IKEA , PriceWaterhouseCoopers , Evergreen
         C                                                           B
          , Tree Canada C, community groups C, youth groups C, Telus
Campaign to Promote Grasscycling
The City actively promotes grasscycling on residential lawns. The entails leaving
grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. Started in 2005 this practice improves
the health of residential lawns and has decreased waste by 40%.
        City of Edmonton (Waste Management) P
Home Base Program
Groups may request to redevelop an existing sportsfields or build a new field on
parkland. The process includes consultation with users and the community.
Users generally prefer the new site for their sport and they receive priority
booking status. Many Home Base groups provide their own maintenance of their
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P, sports groups C

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Naturescapes or outdoor classrooms, are developed in partnership with schools
and the community. School children learn about native plants and prairie plant
communities through planning, developing, and maintaining naturescapes which
can include vegetable and flower gardens.
      City of Edmonton P, Evergreen C, Edmonton Catholic School District P, Edmonton Public
       School Board P
Native Perennial Trials
Trialing native plants for naturalization plantings. Criteria that will be considered
include: floral display, competition with weeds, timeline for establishment, overall
biomass, erosion control, and longevity.
      ENG C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
A policy to minimize the use of pesticides on City property, but where required, to
use them responsibly. Plant health care strategies along with biological and
cultural controls are developed and applied to deal with insect pests, diseases,
and invasive plants or weeds.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Petition Program
This program allows citizens to work together towards exempting park space
from herbicide application.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Medical Alert Pesticide Program
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      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch Program
This program involves residents to actively participate in their neighbourhood so
that threats to the community will be reported to the police. Edmonton
Neighbourhood Watch members are the eyes and ears of the community to
report suspicious activity whenever it occurs.
      EPS P, Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch Program Society C

Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design workshops (CPTED)
This five-day workshop on CPTED, hosted by EPS, is held twice every year. The
workshop covers design elements that can discourage crime and negative
activity. Workshops involve property management, law enforcement, security/risk
management, public transportation, and neighbourhood development.
      EPS P

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Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams (NET)
NET involves community policing, community capacity building , and youth
intervention as a multi-disciplinary response to crime and the fear of crime. Over
a two- to four-year period, NETs stabilize environments, develop a community
action plan, implement community policing and mobilize the community of “at-
risk” neighbourhoods.
        EPS P, City of Edmonton (Community Services) P

Business Revitalization Zones (BRZs)
BRZs are unique opportunities for businesses to work together to accomplish
mutual goals. These goals can be achieved through a variety of means including
streetscape improvements, joint promotions and festivals, economic
development initiatives, and the façade improvement program.
        Alberta Avenue Business Association C
        Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association C
        124th Street and Area Business Association C
        Old Strathcona Business Association C
        Beverly Business Association C
        Downtown Business Association (DBA) C
        Northwest Industrial Business Association C
        Kingsway Business Association C
        Inglewood & Area Business Association C
        Chinatown and Little Italy Business Association C
        107 Avenue & Area Business Association C
        Old Towne Fort Road Business Association C

Snow Angels
Edmontonians are encouraged to shovel snow for neighbours in need. “Snow
Angels” can be nominated by recipients of this generosity for recognition.
        City of Edmonton (Capital City Clean Up) P

Planning Academy
A series of courses designed to provide Edmontonians with a better
understanding of the planning process and the roles, rights, and interests of all
parties involved in planning and development.
The Urban Design handbook is recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
        City of Edmonton (Planning & Development) P, Canadian Institute of Planners C, Royal
         Architectural Institute of Canada C

Community Leagues & Community
League System
Edmonton has a thriving system of > 150 community leagues throughout the city.
Each league embodies the spirit of community involvement. Community leagues
facilitate recreation, sports and social activities; develop and encourage local
volunteers; and advocate on issues affecting the community.
        City of Edmonton (Community Services) P, EFCL C

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   Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL)
   The umbrella organization for all community leagues within Edmonton. EFCL
   facilitates programs and initiatives of specific community leagues, and
   represents the common interests of community leagues.
   Area Councils
    Area councils were developed as a response to represent issues of
       interest to community leagues that have a regional scope. There are
       several area councils across Edmonton.
Plant a Row / Grow a Row
The program invites local gardeners to grow an extra row of vegetables or
provide their extra produce to the Edmonton Food Bank. The City promote the
program by growing and maintaining vegetables on the grounds of the Muttart
Conservatory and at the EWMC.
      Edmonton Food Bank C, EHS C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P

Plant a Row for Meals on Wheels
Edmonton Meals on Wheels began this promotion in 2007 as a means to receive
more food which will be delivered to area residents.
      Edmonton Meals on Wheels C

Legacy Programs
The City offers unique opportunities to preserve special life moments while
supporting the enhancement of Edmonton’s recreation experiences.
   o Commemorative Tree Program
   o Benchmark Program (Benches)
   o Memory Wall
   o Adopt an Orchid
   o Adopt an Animal
   o Planters
   o Birdhouses
      Fort Edmonton Foundation C, Central Lions Seniors Association, C City of Edmonton P

Community Gardens
Community gardens provide fresh, inexpensive food and excellent recreation for
residents. More importantly, community gardening brings together residents of
different backgrounds, engages neighbours, shares resources, and can
discourage crime. Edmonton has over 50 community garden groups supporting
over 66 sites around Edmonton – an explosion of 1000% in the past 10 years.
      Community Garden Network of Edmonton C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
   Community Garden Network of Edmonton
   A not-for-profit society to support and advocate for existing community
   gardens, to act as a catalyst for new community gardens, and to network and
   market community gardening to the broader public.

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City of Edmonton Horticultural Displays
In 2011, the City of Edmonton maintained 9,160 square meters of floral beds and
1,238,756 square meters of shrub beds.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Garden Tours
Garden tours offer Edmontonians an opportunity to peek into delightfully
unexplored private gardens in Edmonton. Tours are organized by local garden
centres as well as the EHS and Alberta Ballet as fundraising opportunities.
        EHS C, Alberta Ballet C, Greenland Garden Centre B
Edmonton Horticultural Society (EHS)
The EHS is Edmonton’s oldest and largest citizen group dedicated to gardening
and beautifying our community. EHS events and programs, both past and
present, support this vision by sharing knowledge and engaging gardeners.
   Open Gardens
   Local gardeners open their private gardens to members of the EHS to enjoy
   and discover. The 2009 schedule includes over 15 gardens to visit.
   Garden Tour
   Self guided tour of 11 gorgeous gardens this year. Start where you choose
   and proceed at your own pace. $10 tickets, available at selected
   greenhouses, must be purchased to view and enjoy the gardens.
   Speaker Series
   The monthly talks offer all EHS members the opportunity to learn about
   interesting gardening techniques and trends, listen to a variety of related
   topics as well as socialize in a convivial setting.
   Gardener’s Gate &
   The newsletter of the EHS is published 10 times per year and distributed to
   members. The newsletter discusses EHS programs and gardening topics.
   The EHS website provides easy access to information about the Society and
   its programs, activities and resources.
   Perennial Exchange
   Exchanges are organized in spring and fall, distributing the growing
   abundance across the community.
   Annual Garden Competition
   The Annual Garden Competition promotes excellence in gardening, whether
   through the use of rare and unusual plants, or in the overall design and effect
   of a garden, and good horticultural maintenance practices.
   The 2011 edition features 22 gardens in over 20 different judging categories.

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Devonian Botanic Garden
The premier botanic site in the region; the Devonian has a stunning array of plant
color and life, with 80 acres of connected floral gardens, including a traditional
Japanese garden. The Garden also boasts native and alpine plant collections,
ecological reserves and wetlands.
The Devonian offers adult education courses as well as kids and family
      UofA B, VIA Rail B
   Master Gardener Certification Program
   The program challenges students to complete small assignments, written
   exams, a plant identification project, and 20 volunteer hours. Topics include
   annuals, perennials, woody ornamentals, propagation, seeds, soils, plant
   diseases, integrated pest management, lawns, landscaping, botany, plant
   physiology, weed identification, pruning, Japanese Gardens, alpine gardens,
   tropical plants, vegetables and herbs.
Muttart Conservatory
The four pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory shimmer amid Edmonton’s river
valley, home to thousands of species of plants. The Muttart Conservatory is
Edmonton’s premier horticultural attraction. Each pyramid hosts a different
climate zone: temperate, arid, tropical, and a show pyramid for changing exhibits.
The Conservatory also has extensive greenhouse space for plant maintenance
and growing annuals. Through educational programs, the Conservatory engages
elementary students in botanical learning.
   Orchid Collection
   This collection of renowned orchid species occupies one greenhouse at the
   Muttart Conservatory. Orchids are displayed in the pavilions, while the
   Foundation conserves and preserves of orchid habitat for the collection.
      Orchid Species Preservation Foundation of Alberta C
   Landscapes around the Conservatory feature several beds of annuals as well
   as perennials graduated from the Alberta Perennial Trials program.
   The Conservatory is connected to the river valley trails.
      City of Edmonton (Parks) P
   Alberta Perennial Trials
   New herbaceous perennial species are planted to evaluate for hardiness,
   size, bloom time and quality, pest and disease incidence, and overall
   landscape value. The plant beds inspire local gardeners with designs for their
   own perennial beds.
      LANTA C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P, Olds College P, Calgary Zoo & Botanical Gardens P

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     Annual Demonstration Trials
     These demonstration beds trial annual flowers for performance and display
     potential in Edmonton’s growing conditions. Seeds are provided by local
        EHS C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P, All American Selections B
The Partners in Parks program encourages public involvement and community
beautification of public property. Partners that enjoy planting annuals and
maintaining shrub beds assume stewardships of specified properties.
There are over 200 partners who participate and maintain over 3800m2 of
horticultural beds. Partners also patrol green areas, removing weeds and litter.
        City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Ride the Wave flower barrells
Flower barrels and hanging baskets are available to BRZs to encourage
businesses to beautify their property using flowering plants. In 2011, nine BRZs
had Ride the Wave flower barrels, with >600 barrels and > 100 hanging baskets.
        Hole’s Greenhouses B, BRZs C, City of Edmonton (Parks) P
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
A park covering 15 acre adjacent to downtown, with 500 meters of unobstructed
river access. A venue for special events and river-based activities, such as
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival. Louise McKinney is a central connector of the
river valley trail system, linking to the Muttart Conservatory and the Trans
Canada Trail. Features include:
     Riverfront Promenade
     Public dock
     Millennium Plaza & Shumka Stage
     Central Riverfront Plaza (with public pavilion and concession)
    Rose Garden
    Featuring 30 hardy varieties and close to 900 plants, this garden, at the east
    end of Louise McKinney Park, showcases roses that are hardy for
    Edmonton’s climate and easily maintained.
    Chinese Garden
    This garden celebrates Edmonton’s Chinese community with evocative plants
    in the north-east corner of the park. The garden includes a Chinese pagoda,
    welcoming lions, a rock garden and sculptures of the 12 animals of the
        Edmonton Chinese Garden Society C
Lily Shows
The Annual Lily Show and Annual Martagon Show enable lily lovers to show and
enjoy gorgeous lilies grown to perfection.
        Alberta Regional Lily Society C

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Silver Heights Peony Garden (Fort Edmonton Park)
The Peony Garden contains approximately 26 varieties of peonies – over 200
plants that included Tartarian honeysuckles and hyacinth lilacs. This garden
preserves species established by Dr. James Frederick Brander in 1923.
      Fort Edmonton Foundation C, City of Edmonton (Fort Edmonton Park) P
Annual Orchid Show
More than two dozen artfully arranged displays, featuring hundreds of exotic
orchids. Added competitions look at orchid arrangement, artwork and
      Orchid Society of Alberta C
Muttart Bedding Plant Sale (May)
The plant sale provides an opportunity to purchase expertly tended plants that
would be a perfect addition to any garden. There will also be the opportunity to
attain additional gardening advice from Muttarts’ growers.

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BRZ                                     EWMC
  Business Revitalization Zone            Edmonton Waste Management
CCCU                                      Centre
  Capital City Clean Up                 EWMCE
                                          Edmonton Waste Management
                                          Centre of Excellence
  Downtown Business
  Association                           IPM
DED                                        Integrated Pest Management
  Dutch elm disease                     ISA
EAC                                        International Society of
  Edmonton Arts Council                    Arboriculture

EBC                                     LANTA
  Edmonton Bicycle Commuters              Landscape Alberta Nursery
                                          Trades Association
  Edmonton's Children's-Organized
  Anti-Idling Recruiters                  Leadership in Energy and
                                          Environmental Design
  Edmonton Economic
  Development Corporation                 Light Rail Transit

EFCL                                    MDP
  Edmonton Federation of                  Municipal Development Plan
  Community Leagues                       (The Way We Grow)
EHS                                     NET
  Edmonton Horticultural Society          Neighbourhood Empowerment
  Edmonton Naturalization Group
                                          Neighbourhood Park
EPS                                       Development Program
  Edmonton Police Service               OMCN
ETS                                       Old Man Creek Nursery (City of
     Edmonton Transit Service
                                          Prairie Urban Forest Alliance
                                          River Valley Alliance

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Glossary of Acronyms & Abbreviations
  Society to Prevent Dutch Elm
   Transportation Master Plan
   (The Way We Move)
   Urban Forest Effect Model
   University of Alberta
   Urban Forest Management
   Urban Parks Management Plan
  Wastewater Research and
  Training Centre

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Index of Programs, Projects and People
    Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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Index of Programs, Projects and People
    Public Sector  B Business/For-Profit Sector  C Community/Non-Profit Sector

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