You and I know that "green" people live in Calgary AND Edmonton (my hometown)!
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.
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
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.
Sustainable Food Edmonton has programs on how to stay connected to our food system.
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.
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).
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.
Share your favourite "green" Edmonton resource with a comment on this blog for a chance to win a two-layer, doubled walled lunch tiffin made by Onyx and donated by my little green shop. (Draw date: February 10, 2015.)
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green