Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada

September 12, 2008 07:03 ET

Earth Day Canada: Alberta Becomes First Province to Embrace EcoAction

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2008) - The Government of Alberta and Earth Day Canada (EDC) have established a new collaboration to help Albertans take environmental action in their homes. EDC's EcoAction Teams (EAT) and Alberta Environment's One Simple Act (OSA) programs are working together to build environmental awareness and conservation in every Alberta home. The initiative is designed to further sustainable behaviour in communities across Alberta and establish a conservation mindset throughout the province.

An important component of Alberta's One Simple Act is Earth Day Canada's sophisticated online, self-administered conservation calculator. Loaded with simple and easy-to-understand tips, Albertans can find the resources they need to reduce their home heating and cooling, water and electricity use while saving money and the environment. Individual and household participants will quickly learn how simple everyday environmental action can have a big impact in support of a healthier environment.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Earth Day Canada. The household conservation calculator will allow Albertans to see exactly what kind of impact making one simple act can do for the environment - and their wallets," said Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner. "It's a great way for Albertans to see tangible results for their environmental actions and to encourage them to do even more."

The robust program walks you through steps you can take to reduce your energy and water use, waste, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. As a major component of Alberta Environment's OSA program, the calculator enables individual, household and team participants to track their savings at the household, municipal and provincial level. With a click of a button the program produces tailored reports, measuring savings, in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions, water, waste and energy savings, as well as money, based on the simple environmental actions participants have committed to.

"Earth Day Canada and the Government of Alberta are responding to and supporting Albertans who are committed to a sustainable future," said Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. "Together, as more households commit to simple environmental action, we are measuring results and creating a culture and mindset of conservation--a mindset all Canadian communities need to embrace. I applaud the Province of Alberta for being the first province to commit to EcoAction."

Partnering with the Province of Alberta and the OSA program is the latest development for Earth Day Canada's EcoAction Teams program. Cities such as Ontario's Waterloo and Town of Blue Mountains, New Brunswick's Moncton and Alberta's Grand Prairie and Sylvan Lake have all signed agreements to engage their citizens in simple lifestyle changes that add up to a big impact. And more cities are in the process of signing on. It is expected that more than 25 cities and towns across Canada will implement the program by April 22 (Earth Day) 2009. For more program information or to join an EcoAction Team, please visit www.ecoactionteams.ca.

About Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world's largest association of environmental educators. This year it was chosen as Canada's "Outstanding Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. www.earthday.ca.

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