Need a Source? - World Environmental Day - How cities can reduce waste, consumption and emissions



    Talk to an expert from the City of Edmonton
    A world leader on environment

    EDMONTON, June 5 /CNW/ - Today, the United Nations Environment Program's
World Environmental Day will stimulate awareness of the environment and
enhances political attention and action. The City of Edmonton is a recognized
global leader in environmental sustainability, from safe and efficient solid
waste management and quality wastewater treatment to emissions reduction and
energy conservation.

    
               Mark Brostrom, Director, Office of Environment,
                               City of Edmonton
                      is available for media interviews

    Mark can provide comment on some of the initiatives that have made
Edmonton a trailblazer in environmental innovation. Mark can openly discuss:

    -  Air Emissions - The air is getting cleaner in Edmonton. Over the last
       five years, levels of carbon monoxide have decreased by 34 per cent,
       nitrous dioxide emissions by 17 per cent, particulate emissions by
       39 per cent and sulphur dioxide emissions by 43 per cent

    -  Fuel Efficiency - Edmonton has launched Fuel $ense, a driver training
       program to encouraging commercial drivers to improve driving habits to
       reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The program has saved
       individual drivers at least 300 litres of fuel per year with each
       litre of gasoline saved preventing 2.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide
       from entering the atmosphere.

    -  Power Conservation - More than 800 Edmonton traffic signals were
       converted to LED, saving more than 6.4 million kWh per year and
       reducing power consumption by 80 per cent

    -  Electronics Recycling - Canada's first free municipal electronics
       recycling facility opened in Edmonton last month, capable of
       processing 20,000 tonnes per year, harvesting plastic, precious metals
       and glass

    -  Landfill Diversion - Edmonton is heading toward diverting 90 per cent
       of its waste by 2010 - it's already at 60 per cent, among the highest
       in the world for a city of more than one million people

    -  Water Usage - Edmonton's residential per capita water use is well
       below the Canadian average - national average is
       272 litres/customer/day compared to 224 in Edmonton

    -  Wastewater Treatment - Edmonton's wastewater treatment technologies
       ensure that effluent returned to the river far exceeds environmental
       standards and is often cleaner than the water in the river to begin
       with
    





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For further information: To arrange an interview with Mark Brostrom,
please contact: Scott Taber - Media Profile, scott@mediaprofile.com, (416)
342-1840

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