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Edmonton's sustainability and resilience is tied to the health of global and local ecosystems.

Take Action

Create a Natural Yard
  • Reducing conventional lawn space to incorporate native and other Edmonton-hardy plants has many benefits:
    • Natural yards slow the runoff of rainfall and snowmelt, absorbing it into the ground rather than overwhelming our stormwater system.
    • Selecting plants adapted to the conditions your yard provides will reduce additional watering needs.
    • Using native plants, appropriately, removes the need for fertilizer and pesticide use, as they are adapted to local environmental conditions and are more resistant to pests than many other garden plants.
    • Natural yards also provide food and shelter for wildlife, including birds, bees and butterflies!
  • Learn more about how to create a beautiful, well-landscaped natural yard using the Natural Private Property Guidelines.
  • Eco-landscaping reduces lawn-clipping waste, reduces fertilizer and chemical needs, conserves water and saves money through reduced energy and yard maintenance costs. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.
  • If you're about to re-landscape, consider eco-landscaping
Use Pesticides Responsibly
  • Use pesticides responsibly, or eliminate their use entirely.
  • Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides may help in the short term, but using alternative methods is a better choice for a long term, healthy environment. 
  • The City of Edmonton follows an Integrated Pest Management Policy which considers alternatives to pesticides. 
 Greening Our City’s Public Spaces
  • Learn about the many programs you can participate in which allow citizens to plant vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs on public property. 
  • Edmontonians take pride in their city. Why not help make it an even more beautiful place to live? Join Partners in Parks and participate in gardening a part of our city's public spaces.
  • Learn more about Edmonton’s approach to naturalization, that provides environmental, ecological, economic and social benefits to the city and citizens.
Plant a Tree 
  • You can help Edmonton reach its annual target for the Root for Trees initiative—to plant an additional 45,000 trees. 
  • Edmonton is changing to combat global climate change. Volunteer to plant trees for the next generation. 

Tips on how to eco-landscape to reduce your yard maintenance costs.

Practice some simple steps that reduce the need for pesticides in your lawn care.
Infill is important to building a sustainable city.

Root for Trees is a tree planting initiative which increases tree planting within the city.

A transformative strategy ensuring a network of green spaces for every neighbourhood

Guiding the conservation, preservation and use of the North Saskatchewan river valley and ravines.

This grant program promotes redevelopment of qualified brownfield properties by helping cover some of the testing and remediation costs.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is committed to practices for energy use, low impact landscaping, green building practices and more.

Learn more about climate change, energy and our strategies for adaptation and resilience. Get tips on how to take action against climate change and reduce our impact on the environment.

Connect With Us!

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

9th Floor Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

If you are calling from outside of Edmonton: 780-442-5311




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