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Edmonton Makes a Global Commitment to the Environment

The City of Edmonton reaffirmed its global role in taking action on climate change by agreeing to sign The Global Cities Covenant on Climate.

Edmonton will become the seventh Canadian city and one of 200+ cities world-wide to sign the Covenant. The Global Cities Covenant on Climate originated from the World Mayors Summit on Climate held in November 2010.

City Council approved signing the Covenant on February 29, 2012.

The 10 specific commitments required from signatories to the Covenant are very close to the commitments already approved by City Council in The Way We Green Edmonton’s Environmental Strategic Plan. They include such commitments as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating local initiatives to lessen the impact of climate change, promoting the involvement of citizens in the fight against climate change, promoting partnerships and city-to-city cooperation.

“By signing the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, Edmonton is continuing its internationally recognized leadership in environmental protection,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Through efforts such as The Way We Green, Edmonton has charted a course that will not only make our city environmentally sustainable and resilient for its own citizens, but also ensure we are leading the way for other cities around the globe.”

After Edmonton signs the Covenant it will be required to submit an emissions inventory to the Carbonn Climate Change Registry as well as a report on other steps it is taking to reduce its impact on the environment.

According to the World Mayors Council on Climate, cities account for an estimated 67 per cent of world energy demand and 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions.

 

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Nominate an Outstanding Citizen

Mayor’s Awards honour people and projects that improve life for people with disabilities

Have you been wowed by someone providing outstanding service to a person with a disability? Impressed by a facility that shows innovation in designing for accessibility? The Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities is calling on you to nominate these leaders for a Mayor’s Award.

Each year, Mayor’s Awards are given to individuals and organizations in Edmonton who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Award Categories

  • Outstanding Service – recognizes Individuals, organizations or businesses that provide accessible service to persons with disabilities

  • Universal Design in Architecture – given to a project team or architect whose designs or projects demonstrate creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities

  • Employers – honours employers, businesses or organizations that have provided opportunity and support for employment or volunteer positions for one or more persons with disabilities

  • Ewen Nelson Self-Advocacy Award – recognizes the contributions of individuals with disabilities who have been self-advocates in the development of services and supports for people with disabilities

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21, 2012.

The awards ceremony will be held the evening of Thursday, May 23, 2012 at City Hall.

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On Your Mark, Get Set…. REGISTER!

On Your Mark, Get Set…. REGISTER!

Train, compete or volunteer for the City of Edmonton’s 28th annual Subway® Coronation Triathlon. It’s not too early to get involved!

Event: City of Edmonton 28th Annual Subway® Coronation Triathlon
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Location: Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre, 13808 – 111 Avenue

Compete!

The triathlon is sanctioned by the Alberta Triathlon Association (ATA) and offers all levels of athletes a safe and challenging course through Edmonton’s beautiful Coronation Park area. 

While the event attracts some of Western Canada's most seasoned athletes, our Triathlon prides itself on being the race of choice for many first-time triathletes thanks to the supportive, non-intimidating atmosphere it offers.

The course starts with a one-kilometre swim at the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre, transitions to a 26-kilometre cycle over Groat Road, and finishes with an eight-kilometre run through Mackinnon Ravine back to Coronation Park. Road closures will be in effect to keep the course safe for competitors and volunteers. Maps can be viewed online at Subway®Coronation Triathlon.

The City of Edmonton offers drop-in and registered triathlon training programs to help you get into peak condition for the race.

Registration is now open!

The triathlon is open to participants 16 years and older. Register as a single participant or as a team of two or three and share the swim, bike and run components. Participants can register for the triathlon online at karelo.com. Please click on the events list. Online registration only.

Volunteer!

Experience the excitement of the triathlon by volunteering.  Many volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities are available on race day that will help to make the triathlon a success.  Individuals and groups are welcome, and high school students can accumulate volunteer hours toward volunteer requirements. Volunteers 16 years and older are welcome. Younger children may volunteer with their parents.

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Spend Family Day Unplugged

City challenges families to disconnect to connect

The City of Edmonton has joined seventeen municipalities in the Capital Region to encourage residents to unplug from technology and reconnect with family and friends on Family Day, February 20, 2012.

To up the stakes, these municipalities are challenging each other to see which can spend the most time unplugged. Participants can log hours on February 21 by visiting fcssaa.ab.ca, and share their stories on Facebook.

Residents have until February 22, 2012 to submit the number of hours they unplugged on Family Day.

Why Unplug?

  • 73% of kids would rather play with their parents than watch TV or use the Internet. (Ikea: Play Report, 2010)
  • Teens that have more than three family dinners per week are more likely to get better grades. (Casa, 2009)
  • Residents in connected neighbourhoods have greater quality of life. (Shields, 2008)

In 2011, the first year for the challenge, the Town of Beaumont won the Family Day challenge by unplugging from technology for a community total of 13,495 hours. The collective unplugged total for all ten communities participating last year was more than 15,000 hours.

Need inspiration? Explore the best Family Day events the City of Edmonton has to offer.

Family Day Unplugged is an initiative organized and promoted in cooperation with: Town of Beaumont, Brazeau County, Village of Breton, City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Town of Devon, Town of Drayton Valley, Town of Gibbons, City of Leduc, Leduc County, Town of Morinville, Town of Redwater, City of Spruce Grove, City of St. Albert, Town of Stony Plain, Strathcona County and Sturgeon County.

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Confederation Arena Reopening

Confederation Arena is scheduled to re-open to the public on February 13, 2012.

The arena, located at 11204-43 Ave., was scheduled to open in October 2011 after a routine maintenance shutdown and an ice plant replacement. However, damage to the cooling system occurred while that work was being done, which delayed the opening.

During that time, the City worked closely with user groups that had booked the arena to find alternate ice time at other City-owned or private facilities.

Many important improvements were completed within the arena to address customer and operational requirements.

Bookings are now being accepted for Confederation Arena. Please contact facility bookings at 780-442-4546.

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