Photo: How to go green in Edmonton

Edmonton's best kept secrets to help citizens to go "green" await you! (Credit: Cris Gray)

You and I know that "green" people live in Calgary AND Edmonton (my hometown)!

Here are Edmonton tips and resources from my dedicated Queen of Green Coaches Melanie and Judith @juicygreenmom (many apply to all Canadians):

Recycle

Download a cheat sheet for your fridge of what goes where — recycling, garbage or Eco station.

Find an Eco-station to drop off leftover paint, light bulbs, oven cleaner, car batteries, power tools, old sofas, clothing, textiles — and more.

Reuse Centre will take office, school and crafts supplies (like googly eyes and pipe cleaners), paper and plastic products — and more. Items must be clean and in good condition.

Recycling Council of Alberta accepts holiday lights, sports gear and polystyrene, even paint.

ThinkReuse Electronics Recycling refurbishes, repairs and recycles unwanted electronic items and reassigns them to someone who is currently looking for it. (They designate some funds raised from recycled electronics to the David Suzuki Foundation.)

Terracycle offers national programs to collect previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste, free shipping and a charitable donation for each piece collected. For example, the Edmonton Valley Zoo takes Tassimo or T-Disks.

Compost give-a-way is held by the City of St. Albert each spring and fall.

Become a Master Composter Recycler. Receive 40 hours of training in waste. In return, you commit 35 hours of teaching fellow Edmontonians! (Next session: spring, 2015; apply now.)

Donate household items, clothes, shoes, linens and more to the Bissell Centre.

Subscribe to the Queen of Green digest

Food

Visit Earth's General Store, Blush Lane Organics, and Planet Organic.

Visit a Farmer's Market. Some are year-round, others are seasonal.

Find organic meats at Sunworks Farm.

Amaranth Whole Foods Market in St. Albert promotes healthy foods, nutritional awareness, and environmental responsibility.

Peas On Earth is a certified organic garden market in Sturgeon County. Find them seasonally at the St. Albert Farmers Market or year-round at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market.

Edmonton's Acme Meat Market has sustainable seafood.

Try restaurants serving sustainable and local fare: Rosso Pizzeria, The Parlour, and Blue Plate Diner.

Sustainable Food Edmonton has programs on how to stay connected to our food system.

Community

Carbon Environmental Boutique sells sustainable, ethical, local and non-toxic living goods.

The Local Good offers great ways to live local and connect to others in the "green" community.

Volunteer. Plant a tree, join a clean-up or become a Master naturalist!

Get strategic! Edmonton has a plan. Find greening resources, city-wide initiatives and learn how to take action.

Get a "green" grant. The City of St. Albert funded one church's community garden, another's solar power installation and a school's organic waste collection!

Get outside. Get to know your community.

Energy

Bullfrog Power provides 100 per cent pollution-free energy for homes and businesses.

Save energy at home.

The City of St. Albert had a low-flush toilet rebate program they might run again in 2015 (tell them you want it).

Transportation

Be Idle Free — it's the law in front of schools and hospitals. Idling wastes fuel, pollutes and contributes to health problems.

Take the 1-Day-A-Week pledge to cycle, take transit, walk or rideshare.

Become a member of Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society @EdmontonBicycle. They fix bikes!

Attend Alberta Bike Swap, a one day event to buy, sell or donate your bike!

Download your city bike map. Check out the river valley trail maps, too,

Will you share your favourite "green" Edmonton resource?

Sincerely,
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

December 10, 2014
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2014/12/how-to/

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11 Comments

Apr 30, 2015
7:04 AM

I’d like to know how much money is earmarked for the cleanup of the ocean oilspill?

Jan 31, 2015
9:39 AM

We just moved to St. Albert in October. I love their waste program! In the winter the pick ups are as follows: Every week recycling is picked up. Every other week compost is picked up. Every third week garbage is picked up. I feel this encourages citizens to think about what they’re throwing away!

Jan 31, 2015
9:37 AM

We moved to Edmonton a year ago I was surprised at the ease of recycling here. Love ETS we downsized to just one auto, great stores like Earths General but would love to find more of that type in the NE side.

Jan 31, 2015
9:17 AM

I recently found out the Earth’s General Store refills some essential oils that I use on a regular basis so instead of using another glass container and paying $9 I refilled my existing one and paid $2. I also purchased a “hankybook” at Carbon last weekend — great product

http://hankybook.com

Jan 07, 2015
9:16 PM

Wow!! Great informationl!! I live just 20 minutes outside Edmonton and I am very greatful for your information on green living. You mentioned a number of businesses and organizations that I was not aware of. I will definitely be checking them out and passing your article around to friends and family.

Dec 30, 2014
12:59 PM

Come learn how to grow and process your own food from scratch, as well as numerous other homesteading activities at Good Note Community Farm. goodnote.ca

Dec 29, 2014
8:42 PM

Is there a similar organization in Vancouver?

Dec 28, 2014
10:52 PM

During summers you can grow your own food in a community garden Sustainable Food Edmonton keeps an up-to-date list: http://sustainablefoodedmonton.org/find-a-community-garden/

Dec 28, 2014
9:35 AM

My favourite way to stay green in Edmonton is to support local environmentally conscious stores. My personal favourite is Carbon Environmental Boutique, which has everything from makeup to candles and things for your home!

Dec 11, 2014
7:24 AM

While I have no problem with people buying Organic foods if they wish, they are considerably more expensive and there’s no good evidence to support the belief that they are any more sustainable or environmentally friendly. By continuing to falsely equate the two in articles like this, you are needlessly increasing the guilt in lower income people who may not be able to afford this frivolous luxury to no good reason, and you are diverting funds away from strategies that may help towards those that do not.

It’s just the sort of Greenwashing that this foundation should be trying to protect us from.

Dec 10, 2014
9:16 PM

I think that the Eco Stations are a great idea! It’s so great to provide people easy ways to recycle those harder items.

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