Environment Lethbridge:
What are your top three environmental priorities for Lethbridge and how should these be funded?

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Burke

Answer

1. Waste management – blue and green bin 2. Improved transit to reduce vehicular use 3. Improving pedestrian and bicycle paths The city should be a leader and steward in environmental endeavors, there may be increased short term costs, but ultimately environmental stewardship will save resources both in terms of our footprint and taxes will be seen in the long run. This should be supported by approaching community groups and businesses to help on capital improvements.

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Burrows-Johnson

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1. Making our recycling goals; 50% residential reduction by 2021 and 65% by 2030. Businesses and institutions reduced by 25% next 6 years. Funded through user fee for residential and increased surcharges and tipping fees for business. 2. Planting more trees to maintain and improve our urban forest, altered mowing regimes in certain manicured areas, funded through the parks budget. 3. Slowing urban sprawl and supporting increased density. Mostly private investment. Rebate funding in Downtown assisted by the BRZ.

M

 

Campbell

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Keeping as much waste as possible out of the Landfilll Reducing the carbon footprint. Continue to educate everyone on the importance of recycling.

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Carlson

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1. Follow through with our Waste Diversion strategy for Residential and Institutional/Commercial/Industrial Sectors. Funded through a mix of penalties and fees contained within our Waste and Recycling Utility. 2. Ensure that City facilities and operations are leaders in environmental initiatives and best practices. Funded through our Capital Plan, and maximizing on grants from other orders of government. 3. Education and communication to our residents regarding environmental and conservation best practices. Funded through our commitment to Environment Lethbridge and other community organizations, as well as through our current and ongoing corporate communication strategy.

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Coffman

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The top three priorities are creating a water conservation, efficiency and production (CEP) plan, increasing renewable energy use, and encouraging a sustainable built environment. A CEP Plan will address how the City uses water and will address our own water use and waste. Increasing renewable energy usage can occur by amending regulations, such as the Land Use Bylaw or electricity rate schedule, to actually promote micro wind generation, solar installation and geothermal systems. Encouraging sustainable built environment also involves reviewing bylaws and plans that may be inhibiting such development. The CEP requires one-time tax funding, while the other two can be regular duties of staff.

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Crowson

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Priorities: - collaborate with various groups to develop and deliver programs that focus on the 3Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle - develop ways to enhance food security and locally grown food - discuss options for green energy both as a corporation and with Lethbridge residents Will look at ways to collaborate with private partners and other levels of government to find ways of funding these priorities.

C

 

Germshied

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Lethbridge is located in a prime area for renewable energy sources. We have the sun the wind, water ways and geothermal access. We should make policy to promote their development. Our city is starting to have success with community gardens, we should continue developing this initiative. We need to develop our transit system to attract more riders, and look at how we find it.

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Gibb

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We need to invest in wind and solar energy. These are two incredible areas of renewable energy, that would thrive in Lethbridge. We have a high percentage of sunny days throughout the year, making solar investments worthwhile. Being in a particularly windy region, wind power makes absolute sense. We need to invest in more wind turbines to further reducing our environmental impact, and to reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources. We also need to work hard with our transit and industrial developments to actively reduce our carbon foot print, by making smart investments and offering incentives to encourage overhauling existing systems for more energy efficient ones.

B

 

Ginther

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My top three environmental priorities are: 1 ) A viable/affordable/sustainable Recycling Program 2) Clean and well care for park and green spaces 3) A focus on clean air with an emphasis on pollution control

M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

1) Encouraging solar and wind energy capture within the city to reduce costs of utilities on the consumer is within the scope of power of council, by revisiting restrictions placed upon personal wind turbines. 2) creating tax incentives for residents who choose to use these technologies can be tabled. 3) Creating better infrastructure for recycling initiatives is already in the works with curbside recycling, supporting that initiative is within all of our interests as responsible citizens.

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Hoffarth

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I am concerned about the municipal water supply and our water resource in an area that is dependent upon meeting the demands of agriculture together with intensive livestock management, and chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Investment in public transportation should include the goal of making it possible and easy for people to leave their cars at home. We could provide start-up grants to incentivize small businesses and/or non-profit organizations to divert waste and create secondary markets for reclaimed and recycled goods.

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Hyggen

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1. Recycling 2. Solar and Wind power generation on our City's buildings where appropriate. (the City needs to lead by example) 3. Possible tax incentives to homeowners that elect to use alternate forms of energy The City Staff that are continually looking for grants and funding from other levels of government, I would like to see these projects not only funded municipally but with grant support from our provincial and federal partners.

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Iwaskiw

Answer

During the last campaign we heard loud and clear from the public that we had no one dedicated to the environment portfolio. Since then we have hired a number of staff in various departments who concentrate on environmental issues, we created Environment Lethbridge as a community council whose mandate is to promote sustainability in Lethbridge and we have a council Environment Committee who hear reports from all of them and brings forward resolutions as appropriate. The top three priorities are Air, Water and Waste.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

Answer

clean water, waste management, and recycling. We must collaborate with the province and businesses who are heavy users of our resources.

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Mauro

Answer

I will respond as I did with economic priorities; council created and gave seed money to Environment Lethbridge (EL). This is the grass roots organization that will bring forward the environmental priorities to council and they would know better than I, which would be the top three. Having said that, if tax dollars are needed to fund these priorities, they must prove themselves and be accountable to the community. I believe that each citizen has different environmental priorities so they change their behaviour to fulfill them. Things such as carpooling, using transit, energy efficient lights and appliances, low flush toilets , landscaping designs; all contribute to better environment.

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Mikuliak

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I feel as though we are extremely fortunate to live in this place. The coulees provide immense walking, hiking and cycling opportunities. I also feel that city planning has been quite successful (particularly on the West Side) in connecting green spaces with pathways. I guess a priority is to maintain the integrity of the green spaces that we currently have and perhaps look for further opportunities to provide "nature" space in an ever growing community.

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Miyashiro

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- Implement Residential Waste Management Strategy - Fees - Continue ICI/Construction/Demolition Waste Management strategy - Fees - Develop and implement Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy for City owned buildings (existing and new projects) - operations

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Morrell

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I am well aware that access to and ease of use of our transit system is of great concern to our residents.  I would fully support finding ways to eliminate costs to our residents and make transit free for all to use.  I am not completely familiar with the barriers and difficulties many of our residents face with regards to transit, but I would welcome and seek out conversations with users as well as providers (drivers, transit managers, etc) to find ways to improve access, drive and wait times, and overall satisfaction with our transit system. I know that environmental issues are not always easy to navigate, but I fully intend to research and come up with ways to make Lethbridge "greener".

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Paladino

Answer

1) Encourage alternate energy sources (solar, geo-thermal, etc.) 2) Retrofit existing public buildings to be more energy efficient. 3) Continue protection of the river valley. There may be Provincial incentive programs for the first two.

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Parker

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1- Community Environmental Strategy. While there would not really need to be funding, some initiatives and grants or incentives could be culminated through municipal, federal and provincial funds. 2- Energy Consumption Reduction. This would feed into the current Provincial Programs and while funding might be a little higher on the front end, the maintenance and cost savings would follow. 3- Air Quality and Green House Gas (South Saskatchewan Regional Plan -SSRP). With Provincial and Federal requirements changing, there will likely be incentives or funding from those orders of government.

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PEREVERSEFF

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1- Keeping the City green by planting of trees, grass in parks and public areas (along boulevards). 2- Keeping our drinking water safe and clean for municipal consumption. Ensuring that our sewage treatment is above average and that the treated sewage is fully processed before reentering the river system. 3- Monitoring and reducing "idling" of city vehicles (buses and trucks in particular) buses especially at the downtown, north side and university hub transfer stations. Funding through municipal infrastructure funding and through enforcement/regulatory services.

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Pogorzelski

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1. Creating a sustainable recycling program. - Council 2. Developing a sustainable renewable energy sector - private business with municipal support 3. Rewarding households for decreasing their carbon footprint - Council

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Saloff

Answer

Recycling, regular, organic and compost City transit, more transit users less vehicles on the road Park spaces

J

 

Shackleford

Answer

1. Using the landfill as an energy source. 2. Encourage people and businesses to look at solar/wind power as an energy source or compliment their primary energy source. 3. Keeping our water treatment plant and waste water treatment plant updated to exceed environmental standards. Funding should be at every level of government. The federal government just gave the city 16-17 million dollars to upgrade our water treatment plants this spring so we are going in the right direction.

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Spearman

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1. Implementation of an environmental management plan at the city of Lethbridge - to be funded from existing operations as a strategic priority. The city must be a leader. 2. Implementation of city wide residential curb side recycling as outlined in the approved Waste Diversion Plan with a blue bin program in 2019 and green bin in 2021 to be funded from service fees. 3. Continued support for implementation of the non-resitial waste diversion plan, as approved by Lethbridge city council in 2015 to be funded from tipping fees at the landfill and fees to be charged by existing and future private operators.

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Takahashi

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1. Bringing green energy producers in to our city and continued support for those that have already set up shop. 2. Moving forward on curbside recycling, adding in curbside composting, and looking at a ban on plastic bags and restaurant styrofoam. 3. Increasing water conservation, solar energy, and moving towards green energy transit. Taxes and grants. The federal and provincial government regularly offer municipalities grants and it is expected that green grants will be on the rise.

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Thurber

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Landfill usage and waste diversion to maximize the lifespan of our facility. environmental sustainability, this should become part of our everyday delivery of services. Clean water and managed water water. These our pubic service priorities and should be funded by all three levels of government (tax base)

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Watson

Answer

My top three priorities are: 1) increasing accessibility to transit and alternative transport (such as cycling), 2) developing/supporting a recycling, compost and waste management program, and 3) addressing urban sprawl. These activities would need to be considered on a case by case situation and most likely funded through multiple sources. These could include grants, tax dollars and/or partnerships.

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Wiggers

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Woss

Answer

• Transition to renewable energy. Collaborate with UofL (research) & Lethbridge College (apprenticeship training); EDL & Chamber of Commerce. • Get ICI (Industrial, Commercial and Institutional) on board for recycling. ICI generates most of waste & must be involved. City and Chamber of Commerce to lead this. *Ban plastic bags. • Protect our pollinators by reducing use of herbicides/pesticides in our parks & planting fruit trees and berry bushes as food supply for these creates and our community.