What Can I Do to Embrace Sustainability?
"The question is not ‘can you make a difference', you already do make a difference. It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make" J.B. Hill
Many people taking small steps in the same direction can make a big difference, and this is never more true than when it comes to sustainable living. Whether it's something as small as changing a light bulb or a large scale commitment like using only solar power, what choose has an impact. The truth is that the choices we make in our homes, within our families and in our daily lives have more impact on sustainability than almost anything else in our community. While sustainability certainly means a commitment to our environment, it also means a commitment to our community, and to the unique culture that defines Black Diamond.
Town Lead Projects
Thanks to the Town of Black Diamond, Sustainable Projects Group, and Alberta Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC), the Town has completed the installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at several locations within the town:
- One Level 3 fast charger at the Oilfields Regional Arena
- Two Level 2 chargers at the Town Office.
- One Level 2 charger at the Park and Ride, E. Anne Vale Park.
These chargers were generously funded by the Alberta MCCAC and are available for public use. It is anticipated these chargers will support community members who own or may be considering switching to electric vehicles and visitors to the community. The chargers have been installed with a user-pay model to support ongoing operations and maintenance costs.
While cars are charging, visitors cans troll downtown to visit the local shops, enjoy a meal at one of our many eating establishments, browse our beautiful businesses, or participate in one of the many recreational activities available. We anticipate these chargers will support visitors from all over Alberta who may pass through or make the Diamond Valley their destination in the Foothills.
Special thanks to the Town for championing this project and to Sustainable Projects Group (SPG), who supported the installation and funding application for the chargers.
Sustainability in the Community
Oilfields Highschool Science teach Christine Crane awarded APEGA Innovation in Education Awards for the work that her class is doing measuring water quality of the Highwood River along with Chief Jacob Bearspaw school. The purpose of this grant is to help student investigate the importance of environmental sustainability and the collective responsibility we have to the land and water. more information can be found in these documents.
The Sustainable Black Diamond Advisory Committee has produced a brochure "Nurturing and Supporting Sustainable Practices in our Community" (PDF) to help our residents make simple and sustainable choices in their everyday lives.