How Individual Actions Spark Environmental Change

In the heart of Edmonton, amidst the bustling urban landscape and the serene beauty of the North Saskatchewan River Valley, lies the potential for a transformative journey towards sustainability. It’s a journey that doesn’t require grand gestures or monumental shifts in our daily lives, but rather, the accumulation of small, intentional actions by individuals like you and me. This is the essence of creating a “Culture of Sustainability,” a concept championed by the Edmonton Biosphere Eco-City (EBEC) initiative, which emphasizes the significant impact of collective individual efforts in shaping a sustainable future.

Sustainability in Edmonton

The idea is simple yet powerful: every action, no matter how small, contributes to a larger wave of change.
In Edmonton, a city known for its vibrant communities and innovative spirit, we have a unique opportunity to lead this change. By embedding sustainability into our culture, we can inspire not just our neighbors, but cities across Canada and around the world, to follow suit.

As residents of Edmonton, we are no strangers to the challenges posed by environmental concerns, from climate change to waste management. However, we also possess the creativity, resilience, and community spirit needed to address these challenges head-on. The journey towards a sustainable future starts with us—right here, right now. And it all begins with understanding the power of our individual actions and the collective impact they can have.

So, let’s embark on this journey together, one small step at a time, to create a culture of sustainability that resonates throughout Edmonton and beyond. Because when it comes to making a difference, the most important step is the first one we take.

Individual Actions for Sustainable Living in Edmonton

Every Edmontonian can play a part in nurturing a culture of sustainability. The Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) model provides a myriad of options for personal action across various Themes. Below are some practical steps each person can take to contribute to the collective effort:

How Individual Actions Spark Environmental Change - EBEC


  • Opt for public transportation or car-sharing for your daily commute.
  • Limit air travel by exploring local or regional vacation spots.
  • Live close to your workplace or telecommute to reduce your carbon footprint.


  • Make a habit of powering down electronics when not in use.
  • Have an energy assessment done for your home and follow up with recommended actions.
  • Hang clothes to dry and improve home insulation for energy efficiency.


  • Repair, repurpose, and recycle items to extend their life cycle.
  • Buy products made with recycled materials and responsibly dispose of hazardous waste.
  • Get involved in local waste reduction initiatives like community recycling drives.


  • Engage in wellness activities in nature, such as forest walks.
  • Use natural cleaning products to minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals.
  • Advocate for and use green spaces for physical activity and relaxation.


  • Embrace non-motorized recreation by participating in activities like cycling, hiking, or kayaking.
  • Take children to local parks and natural sites to foster an appreciation for the outdoors.

Sense of Place

  • Visit and take care of your favorite natural spots in the city.
  • Engage with your community to create spaces that encourage sustainable living and community bonding.


  • If you’re planning to build or renovate, consider passive solar design and green roofing.
  • Incorporate greenery and plant trees around your living space to provide shade and improve air quality.


  • Create or participate in initiatives that preserve and enhance local habitats and biodiversity.
  • Consider planting a garden that supports native species and promotes local ecology.


  • Choose locally grown food and support Edmonton’s local food markets.
  • Consider growing some of your own food, even if it’s just herbs on a windowsill.
  • Share your knowledge by teaching others how to cook with sustainable ingredients.

Natural Capital

  • Volunteer for tree planting events or initiatives that protect and restore natural areas.
  • Make thoughtful purchases that consider the life cycle impact of products.
  • Conserve water by collecting rainwater for gardening and using water-saving fixtures.

By integrating these actions into our daily lives, we can each contribute to a thriving culture of sustainability right here in Edmonton. It’s the accumulation of these small, personal choices and actions that can drive big changes, making our city a beacon of sustainability for Canada and beyond.

Let’s embrace these actions and become the change-makers in our communities. Together, we can ensure that the legacy we leave for future generations is one of care, stewardship, and sustainability.

Every Step Counts: Shaping Edmonton’s Sustainable Legacy

In the tapestry of urban life, each thread is crucial—each of us is that thread in the vibrant fabric of Edmonton. Embracing the ethos of the Biosphere Eco-City, we recognize the profound truth in the 10% Threshold:

When just one-tenth of us hold firm to the belief in sustainability, our collective conviction has the power to create a current of change that can sweep through the entire city.

This isn’t just theoretical—it’s a call to action, a beacon of hope that empowers us to take the initiative in our hands.

As we continue to weave this culture of sustainability into the everyday narrative of Edmontonians, we are not just aiming for incremental changes but for a fundamental shift in how we live and thrive within our urban landscape. We’re on the cusp of a pivotal movement where every small, sustainable choice contributes to a larger, global goal.

Let this be your invitation: join us in this pivotal movement. Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to our city, your actions are instrumental in reaching that 10% Threshold. By choosing to participate in even one of the actions outlined above, you are taking a powerful step toward a collective transformation.

We call upon you, the citizens of Edmonton, to take up this mantle, to act, and inspire others to act. Together, let’s aim to be part of the critical mass that tilts the balance toward sustainability. Let’s not wait for change—let’s create it. The journey to a sustainable future is a path we pave with our choices today, and it starts with you.

Join us. Be the change.

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