View the 2021 Environmental Progress Report

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Read the 2021 Environmental Progress Report celebrating the environmental stewardship the City maintained despite the global challenges of the last few years. The report focuses on outcomes in environmental leadership, greenhouse gas reduction actions, civic projects, natural area enhancements, waste diversion initiatives, energy conservation, and alternate transportation. 

Significant progress has been on the goals outlined in the 10-year Environmental Plan. 

Report Highlights 

Electric Zamboni 

The City acquired its first ever electric powered Zamboni for the Leduc Recreation Centre. The Zamboni is the first of its size in Alberta and is expected to improve ice quality while reducing fuel costs and water consumption. 

Clean Energy Improvement Program Bylaw 

The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) Bylaw was passed in 2021, paving the way for program adoption in 2022 – an innovative financing tool for property owners to invest in energy efficient and renewable energy upgrades without an upfront financial investment. 

Solar Carport 

A 24.3 kW solar carport was installed at the downtown Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) parking lot with service to the public in fall 2022. 

Wetland Restoration 

In 2021, the City was approved for funding through Alberta Environment and Parks’ Wetland Replacement Program to restore approximately 0.37 hectares of wetland just south of Telford Lake. The site is now home to three small wetland basins that provide a combination of marsh, swamp, and shallow open water habitat. 

The wetland’s proximity to the trail and visibility from Telford Lake provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy the environmental benefits, which range from enhancing biodiversity to improving drainage and flood control.  

Bioengineering Workshop 

In September 2021, the City held a bioengineering workshop which gave participants the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in the application of willow harvesting and installation methods, and an understanding of how bioengineering may be used as an effective alternative to traditional engineering practices, while building resilience into the watershed. 

MU/ICI Waste Diversion Pilot Project 

The City undertook a pilot program to explore and better understand the issues and opportunities relating to waste diversion from Multi Unit (MU) and Industrial Commercial Institutional (ICI) sectors. Results showed a high potential for diversion in both these areas.