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City of Grande Prairie Eco Initiatives

The City of Grande Prairie makes a concerted effort to minimize our impact on the environment. We host green events, support local area groups, and embrace new technology and best practices to help us be as sustainable as possible.

Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship Department works within the region and the City to foster environmental responsibility.

Solar Panels

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation has recently partnered with The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, The City of Edmonton and The City of Grande Prairie to advance the understanding of solar electric systems in Alberta. Through a $38,000 contribution the AREF made possible construction of a solar photovoltaic test bed atop Grande Prairie city hall. This test bed will operate in tandem with a City of Edmonton sponsored system installed at NAIT’s main campus.

These solar reference arrays are designed to study the impact of snow and tilt angle on solar electric installations in Alberta’s rugged climate .

January Solar Panel Report (PDF, 500kb)
February Solar Panel Report (PDF, 579kb)

Read below for more information on the City's green initiatives.

Green Events

•City Scrub

Fleet Department

  • Idling policy for vehicles, buses, trucks and heavy equipment of less than 5 minutes - this applies to all departments within the Municipality of Grande Prairie organization
  • Recycle all plastics, used oil, used oil filters and anti freeze
  • Purchase the most fuel efficient equipment possible
  • Transit buses idling time - decreased to 2 minutes from 12-15 minutes
  • Half price monthly Transit passes available to Service Centre staff
  • Free bus passes made available to all AISH & CNIB recipients
  • Bus shuttle service provided for out of town events
  • Hybrid vehicle for Development

Parks Operations

  • When removing trees the wood chips and stumps are made available to residents at the Community Garden (at no charge) 
  • I.P.M. Coordinator - Horticulture Diploma
  • Ornamental Parks Landscape Gardener - Horticulture Diploma, Journeyman Landscape Gardener 
  • IPM technician – Masters in Agriculture, 
  • Arborist – Professional Forester, ISA Certified Arborist
  • One permanent and three seasonal Weed Inspectors hired to inspect and enforce the Weed Control Act of Alberta on both private and public lands within City limits 
  • Integrated Pest Management Plan under construction 
  • News Releases regarding local pest management issues
  • Insect pest threshold levels started in 2006 
  • 2006 started to work on establishment of insect pest threshold levels established 
  • Replacing several synthetic pesticides with either Reduced Risk, bio-rational or biological alternatives in combination with cultural and mechanical controls 
  • Annual review of all pesticides used and researched for least toxic alternatives 
  • Juvenile stage monitoring and identification is used to guide control decisions 
  • Aerial mosquito control program is 100% biological control 
  • Participated in intergovernmental pest control programs

 

Last updated: 2/24/2017 3:48:37 PM