Sustainability

 "Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. 
It was loaned to you by your children
".

 

Sustainability, as a global mindset, came to the forefront in 1987 when the U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development released a report titled "Our Common Future". Canada followed suit in 2005 when our Federal Government identified long-term funding initiatives for sustainable development. This "New Deal for Cities and Communities" represents a commitment to "achieve a higher quality of life and standard of living by:

  • providing municipalities with a share of gas tax revenues
  • renewing existing infrastructure programs as necessary
  • increasing contributions to the Green Municipal Fund

In Alberta, this New Deal manifested itself in 2007 as the "Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative". It represents a 10-year funding commitment to provide significant long-term funding to enhance municipal sustainability and to enable municipalities to meet the demands of growth.

The Town of Black Diamond is committed to being a healthy, attractive and economically viable community.  We work hard to provide the kind of leadership that makes it possible for our residents, businesses and visitors  to enjoy all the benefits of a sustainable future. You can find out more about this vision by selecting the links below.
 

Our Sustainability Plan
We got to work on our plan in November 2006 and we're proud of the vision, values and goals we have developed for our great community.

A Sustainable Black Diamond
A sustainability plan is really about leaving a legacy for future generations.  Find out what this means for Black Diamond. The Town of Black Diamond has joined Partners for Climate Protection - Five Milestone Framework For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emmissions. Click on the link to read more...

Residential Sustainability
Learn more about the social and environmental sustainability plan for Black Diamond.

Economic Sustainability
Learn more about the economic sustainability plan for Black Diamond.

Energy Management

Learn more about Energy Management at the Oilfields Arena

2010 Green Power -Renewable Energy Certificate - click to view

2011 Renewable Energy Certificate - click to view

 
Reclaimed water working group

The Government of Alberta has established a Reclaimed Water Working Group to develop a framework to facilitate the safe use of reclaimed water for domestic applications, such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation, in Alberta.  This framework will include new standards and guidelines to mitigate potential health risks associated with using reclaimed water for domestic applications.

This initiative supports Alberta's Water for Life Strategy, which commits the province to improving the overall efficiency and productivity of water use by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2015.  Using reclaimed water for domestic applications will contribute to meeting this goal.

For further information on this topic, click on the link above to visit the Government of Alberta website.

Water Conservation is an important consideration to the Town of Black Diamond.  Visit the Blue Bucket Crew website to learn more about water conservation choices that every person can make!