In this issue...Top 5 Stories of 2016...Better Together...Upcoming Events...Green News Stories
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Top 5 Stories of 2016

The start of the new year wouldn't be complete without a "best of" list to close out 2016. Here are the top five stories and initiatives that we're excited about from 2016.

1. Curbside Recycling
In November, City Council voted to move forward with curbside recycling in Lethbridge.
Why we're excited: The increased convenience of curbside recycling will increase waste diversion in Lethbridge.

What else we'd like to see in 2017: Recycling should be the last, best option. Reducing and reusing are even more important and require everyone to take responsibility for their waste. Also, we'd love to see an equally convenient option to reduce the amount of food waste that goes into our landfill. 

2. Increase in Solar Energy
Energy generation from solar installation increased across Alberta in 2016. 

Why we're excited: Although solar makes up a small proportion of Alberta's energy supply, generation from microgeneration and solar farms increased significantly in 2016.

What else we'd like to see in 2017: Better incentives for mid-size installations (under 5MW) that could increase the development of urban, non-residential solar installations.

3. Community Action
Across Lethbridge, residents and organizations took action to help the environment. 

Why we're excited: Community action is the key to environmental sustainability. Numerous groups and individuals took action in 2016, including the Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts, who established a call list to respond to escaped honeybee swarms; the Lethbridge Red Cross, who asked participants to bring their own dishes to their pancake breakfast and the Upper Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association who collected and sorted all the recycling from their Neighbour Day event.

What else we'd like to see in 2017: More of the same!

4. Businesses Stepping Up
Although their actions often fly under the radar, many local businesses are taking positive action on the environment.

Why we're excited: Last year we learned about a number of local businesses who are working to be sustainable, including London Drugs, which diverts 95% of its waste (and is aiming for 98%) and Pratt and Whitney Canada, who recently installed a wastewater evaporator to recover water within their facility.

What else we'd like to see in 2017: We know there are more good news business stories out there and we'd love to know about them.

5. City Planning
The City of Lethbridge began a number of planning initiatives in 2016.

Why we're excited: From large scale visioning exercises such as the 100+K Conversations to more specific planning initiatives around transit and cycling, the City of Lethbridge is setting the stage for positive environmental action.

What else we'd like to see in 2017: Approval and implementation of these plans to define Lethbridge's next decade.

Better Together: Become A Partner 

At Environment Lethbridge, one of our biggest strengths are our community and business partners. Since our formation, we have been supported by more than 15 community organizations such as Economic Development Lethbridge, Oldman Watershed Council and the University of Lethbridge. Having a diverse range of partners allows us to understand the challenges and success that are happening in Lethbridge and gives us a strong voice to speak about sustainability in our city.

In 2016, we began offering Business Partner memberships for the first time. In December, we welcomed our newest business partner, Pratt and Whitney Canada. An international company, Pratt and Whitney is working to reduce water consumption at their Lethbridge facility by installing a wastewater evaporator. As well, they are exploring other water conservation options.

If you belong to a business or community organization, we would love to have you become one of our partners. Visit our webpage for an application form or contact us for more information.
What do Christmas trees and old computers have in common? Both of them can be recycled this week! 
Click for more information about Christmas tree collection and Ecycle 2017

Upcoming Events

January 7-15. Ecycle 2017. Drop off old electronics at four locations. Hosted by Lethbridge Community Network. 

January 11 - 6:30pm.  Our Use: Our Future, Our Land, Our Water, Our Food Security, Our Regional Plan. Join speakers Perry Stein and Kathleen Sheppard for presentations about planning and food security. University Hall B-176. Hosted by Chinook Food Connect.

January 11 - 7pm. A scientific investigation of chemicals from southern Alberta plant species with Dr. Roy Golsteyn. Hosted by the Lethbridge Naturalists at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

January 14 - Christmas Tree Collection. Community groups will pick up natural Christmas trees for recycling. 

January 17 - 7:30am. State of the City 2017. Join Mayor Chris Spearman for his annual state of the city address. Hosted by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce.

January 17 - 12pm. Lunch and Learn - Catanada: Settlers of Alberta Game. Hosted by Oldman Watershed Council. At The Hub: 319-6 St S. Lethbridge.

January 23 - 7pm. Mediterranean Gardens with Dr. Joanna Fraser. Lethbridge Public Library. Hosted by the Lethbridge Horticultural Society.

January 25 - 6:30 pm. Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts Monthly Meeting. Theoretically Brewing Company: 1263-B 2 Ave S, Lethbridge.

January 25 - 7pm. Southern Alberta Group for the Environment Monthly Meeting. Lethbridge Public Library.

January 31 - 2pm. Voices of the Oldman: Ag Matters. Taber Heritage Inn and Convention Centre. Hosted by the Oldman Watershed Council.

February 7 - 4pm. Lethbridge Green Drinks. Owl Acoustic Lounge 411-3 Ave S. Informal gathering to discuss environmental issues, projects and solutions. First Tuesday of each month.

Green News Stories

Top 10 Happy Environmental Stories from 2016
December 31, 2016 Common Dreams

Group behind Southern Alberta Water Charter seeks signatures
January 3, 2017 Global News

Date set for Christmas tree collection
January 4, 2017 Lethbridge Herald

Celebrating our national treasures
January 5, 2017 Lethbridge Herald

Alberta launches program offering green grants to non-profit/volunteer groups
January 6, 2017 Lethbridge Herald
January 2017

Also in this issue:

Top 5 Stories of 2016

Better Together: Become a Partner

Upcoming Events

Green News Stories

Sustainability Tips
Keeping your blinds and curtains closed (especially if no one is home during the day) will help to keep heat inside your home.

Did you know?
Unless you have an old car without fuel injection, idling your car to warm it up is bad for your engine

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