City receives award for completing Partners in Climate Protection program

City receives award for completing Partners in Climate Protection program

On June 3, 2017, the City of Spruce Grove was recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for completing the Partners in Climate Protection (PCP) program External, which was designed to help municipalities reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The City of Spruce Grove is the third municipality in Alberta, and one of the first 41 municipalities across Canada, to complete the five step program, which was created by the FCM and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in 1994.

Ald. Louise Baxter accepted the award on behalf of the City during the FCM Annual Conference, held in Ottawa from June 1 - 4, and was one of four panelists selected to participate in a discussion about the PCP program and Spruce Grove's commitment to energy management.

In 2003, the City adopted an Energy Management Plan that focused on all corporate and community energy use and the related greenhouse gas emissions.

Since that time, the City has integrated the principles of the PCP program into its everyday operations through the City's Environment Sustainability Action Plan, Municipal Development Plan, Green Building Policy and development standards.

And in an effort to reduce community-wide emissions, the City has responded to rapid population growth by supporting sustainable neighbourhoods and housing projects that meet residential density targets.

As a result, between 1996 and 2015, Spruce Grove decreased its total greenhouse gas emissions (on a per capita basis) by 21 per cent and saw a reduction in residential greenhouse gas emissions (on a per capita basis) by 43 per cent.

In 2016, the Energy Management Plan External was updated with number of new initiatives designed to continue this work. The 2016 Energy Management Plan was adopted by City Council in April 2017.

Accounting for growth in Spruce Grove over the next 20 years, the revised plan includes two primary goals:

  • To reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent and energy use by 40 per cent by 2035.
  • To reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 35 per cent and energy use by 25 per cent by 2035.