Monday, March 17, 2014

Earth Hour 2014

On Saturday, March 29, the City of Saskatoon will join others from across Saskatoon and around the world to take part in Earth Hour, a global event to acknowledge the importance of environmental awareness and action, during and beyond the hour.

In 2013, the City of Saskatoon partnered with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society to engage businesses and City Facilities in Earth Hour. 205 participants took part by: dimming or turning out lights, shutting down computers and other electronics, lowering their thermostats, engaging their employees and clients in environmental action, or hosting events.

This year, the City of Saskatoon has launched an Online Earth Hour Forum where businesses, organizations, students and community members are encouraged to post why they feel Earth Hour is important and what they’re doing this year to participate. Our collective efforts raise awareness of climate change and promote actions that conserve energy and help reduce GHG emissions. Celebrating and acknowledging these efforts is part of creating a more sustainable Saskatoon.

Join the discussion today on http://shapingsaskatoon.ca/!

Take FREE Transit on March 29, 2014
As a way of showing support for action on climate change, Saskatoon Transit is offering free transit on March 29 from 7:30pm until 1:00am. Reduce your footprint and save money by giving transit a try!

Post Your Photos Online
Show the world how you’re participating in Earth Hour by sharing your photos online. First, "Like" the City of Saskatoon on Facebook and Twitter. Then simply post your photos to your Facebook or Twitter account on March 29 with the hashtag #yxeEarthHour to show how you're taking action on climate change.

Two lucky winners will be drawn to receive a 1 month bus pass and transit promo prize pack from Saskatoon Transit!

Go Beyond the Hour
There are many things you can do to reduce your environmental impact, every day and every hour. For example, did you know if you were to take public transit instead of driving your vehicle to and from work, you could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by approx. 470kg CO2e per year, as well as reduce fuel and maintenance expenses related to private vehicle use? Or if you were to turn off your lights for 1 additional hour per day, you could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by approx. 415 kg CO2e and save $65.75 each year?

Check out these other tips by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society to find out more ways you can take environmental action, during and beyond the hour.

To find out more about the City of Saskatoon's participation in Earth Hour, please visit: http://www.saskatoon.ca/departments/utility%20services/environmental%20services/pages/earthhour.aspx

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Register Now for the 2014 Green Cart Program!

Convenient curbside pick-up of yard waste is available for $55 for the season.

You asked, we listened! The City of Saskatoon’s Green Cart program for leaves and grass composting has been expanded for 2014.

The Green Cart program is available to any interested household and runs from the beginning of May to the beginning of November. The service includes bi-weekly pickup of your unbagged leaves, grass clippings, and non-woody yard vegetation. Excess material, including non-elm branches and stumps, can be brought to the Highway 7 compost depot. Please do not place tree branches, elm, woody stalks, household organic waste, or any bagged material into your Green Cart.

Registration in the program is required and the cost for this convenient curbside pick-up service is $55 per household. Your collection day calendar and cart will be delivered shortly before your first collection in early May. On your collection days, simply place your Green Cart at the curb by 7:00am, keeping it four feet from all obstacles. Please return your Green Cart to your yard or garage within 24 hours after pick-up.

Although there is no deadline to register, please subscribe by April 1 to avoid missing the first collection.

The Green Cart program has been very popular and in the past a waiting list was forming. Residents asked for the program to grow, so the City of Saskatoon is now accepting all interested registrants. You may mail in your subscription form with a cheque or drop in at City Hall and pay by cash, cheque or debit. Registration has also been made simpler by going online: http://saskatoonenvirostore.ca.

The Green Cart program is a convenient and cost-effective way for residents to dispose of their yard waste without sending it to the landfill. When organic waste, such as leaves and grass, ends up in the landfill, it not only uses up valuable air space, but it also produces methane gas when it decomposes, a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide. Instead, the yard waste collected through the Green Cart program is brought to the compost depot at the junction of Highway 7 and 11th Street to be converted into valuable compost that is used in City of Saskatoon parks, community and school gardens, and sold to residents.

Questions? Please contact us:
phone: 306-975-2487
e-mail: leavesandgrass@saskatoon.ca
web: www.saskatoonrecycles.ca.


Monday, February 10, 2014

City of Saskatoon: Honoured with Two Top Employer Awards - for the Third Year in a Row!



Did you know that the City of Saskatoon is one of the best places to work in Canada and Saskatchewan?

The City of Saskatoon has once again been awarded as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2014. A national competition, employers are judged on both qualitative and quantitative, external and internal data and initiatives, as well as leadership on inclusion and diversity practices.

Here are some of the reasons why the City of Saskatoon is ranked as one of the Best Diversity Employers in Canada for 2014:

  • The City dedicates a full time Diversity Coordinator to help manage the ongoing development of diversity and inclusion programs and policy.
  • Provided a career development workshop for Aboriginal seasonal employees; the workshop provided valuable information to aid in planning their personal future goals and career development with the City. This type of workshop assists the human resources team in gaining valuable feedback on the City’s present workplace culture.
  • Through successful partnerships with a broad range of local community organizations, the City offered educational presentations and workshops on employment opportunities within the City, the hiring process, and employment readiness.
  • Participated in career fairs year round designed for designated groups that include: Aboriginal, Newcomers, People with Disabilities, and the LGBT community.
  • The City partners with community organizations to provide a Heavy Equipment Operator/Class 1A pre-employment training program for people of Aboriginal ancestry seeking this career path.
  • Sets goals and measures employee population from within the four designated groups: Aboriginal, Visible Minority, Women in Under- represented Populations, and Persons with a Disability.
  • The City recognizes leaders in the organization that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion, thereby supporting the City’s strategic goal of offering an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds.

The City of Saskatoon was also recently awarded for the third year in a row, as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2014 for providing an exceptional work environment for its employees.

Choosing the right employer can have a big impact on an employee’s quality of life. Key benchmarks that job-seekers will find when employed with the City of Saskatoon, and reasons for the Top Employer award are: desirable career advancement, training and skills development opportunities; pension and financial benefits; health benefits, vacation and sick time; a commitment to an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity; community involvement; employee recognition; and a workplace where health and safety are a top priority.

The City is committed to building a culture of continuous improvement where innovation and forward-thinking are encouraged. Continuous improvement strategies support and promote the City of Saskatoon as a preferred employer. Ongoing attraction of skilled and talented people from a variety of backgrounds will ensure building an even better Saskatoon, a 21st century city we can all be proud of!

The City of Saskatoon's employer profile can be reviewed at Eluta.ca—an online recruitment resource used by more than 730,000 job-seekers in Canada every month.

CITY OF SASKATOON: NAMED A TOP SASKATCHEWAN EMPLOYER FOR 2014!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Smart Meter Technology Could Soon be Here! Comments Anyone?

The City is currently investigating an appropriate Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for Saskatoon. The AMI technology would allow the City to implement the use of smart meters which can measure and record actual power and water usage by time intervals throughout the day, and transmit that data wirelessly over a secure network to a central data management system. Now the City is asking for feedback from residents.

Open House events will be held:
February 11, 2014 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Cliff Wright Branch Auditorium at Lakewood Civic Centre (1635 McKercher Drive)
February 12, 2014 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Mount Royal Collegiate Cafeteria (2220 Rusholme Road)

The following information will be provided at the Open House events:
  • How Smart Meters Work 
  • Benefits of Smart Meters 
  • It’s Your Health (Information on Radio Frequency) – Health Canada 
  • The City’s Meter Exchange Program 
  • Meter Display – Old Versus New 
  • Smart Meter Billing 
  • Tips to Reduce Outdoor Water Use, Indoor Water Use and Electricity Use
Residents unable to attend the Open House events can also provide feedback using the City’s new online engagement tool, Shaping Saskatoon.

To sign up, click on the Shaping Saskatoon link on the City’s homepage, and enter your email address and demographic information. Residents can sign up from a home computer, or anywhere that’s convenient on a mobile device.

The Smart Meters project will be available for comment on Shaping Saskatoon until the end of February. For more information on Smart Meters click here, or visit saskatoon.ca and click on “S” for Smart Meters.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Engage with the City Online!


Saskatoon citizens can now have another way to provide feedback and ideas, on the City of Saskatoon’s programs and initiatives.

Shaping Saskatoon is a new brand and online community engagement tool. It allows citizens to take part in discussions, online forums, or surveys from a home computer or any mobile device, at a time and place that is most convenient for them. The online tool will supplement the City’s existing community engagement tools which include public meetings, open houses, surveys, focus groups, and the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Blog pages.

Through the Saskatoon Speaks initiative and the 2013 Civic Services Survey we learned that the citizens of Saskatoon want to be engaged in civic matters, and only 10% of participants said public meetings are their preferred source of information.

The tool will be offered as a part of any engagement activity being conducted on City projects or initiative where public input would be helpful.

Citizens are invited to visit Shaping Saskatoon at any time to view projects and to participate in discussions, forums or surveys. Citizens must first sign in by providing a valid email address and password, as well as their first and last name.

A protocol for conducting online engagement has been developed which users can access through the site. The City of Saskatoon Privacy Policy also applies to any information shared on the site.

To access the site, click the Shaping Saskatoon icon on the home page of the City’s website (www.saskatoon.ca) or go to www.shapingsaskatoon.ca.

Engagement is currently taking place on the topic of Smart Meters, and citizens are invited to take part now!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Building a Sustainable Saskatoon


A healthy environment is essential to a healthy community, now and in the future. The City of Saskatoon is dedicated to outreach, partnerships, and community programs that help Saskatoon thrive in harmony with its natural environment, conserve resources, and consistently demonstrate environmental leadership.

Tourism Saskatoon’s newly launched Green Stem program encourages member businesses to adopt sustainability practices and strengthen their environmental commitments. The program includes a voluntary pledge for businesses to commit to being leaders in environmental stewardship and to making deliberate decisions that contribute to a sustainable Saskatoon.

By supporting and promoting the Tourism Saskatoon Green Stem program, the City of Saskatoon will help facilitate a culture of sustainability in Saskatoon’s business sector. Through this program, businesses will be recognized for decisions that result in positive sustainability benefits, such as greenhouse gas reductions, energy efficiency, waste diversion, responsible land use and more.

Engaging the business sector and recognizing businesses for their green efforts is an important component of the City’s strategic goal of Environmental Leadership. The Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector is a major contributor to measurable environmental impacts such as waste, water, and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, in 2013, 48% of the waste going to the City’s landfill was from ICI sources; in 2011, 48% of water consumption was attributed to the ICI sector; and in 2003, 65% of Saskatoon’s greenhouse gas emissions were identified as coming from ICI sources.

Find out more about the Green Stem program and the businesses that have signed the pledge at www.saskatoongreenstem.com.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Assistance to Community Groups - Environmental Cash Grant

Applications for the 2014 Assistance to Community Groups - Cash Grants - Environmental Component are now being accepted. The annual grants recognize local non-profit organizations implementing initiatives that support the City’s strategic goal of Environmental Leadership. Funds will be allocated to community groups for protection of the environment, conservation of natural resources, environmental communications and education, and environmental research. The deadline to apply for the 2014 grant is February 14, 2014. More information and application forms are available here.