Environmental sustainability is something we talk of often in Canmore. And for good reason. We all care so much for the ecological health of our community. Many of us came here because of fresh mountain living mixed with an outstanding lifestyle allow us to live so differently than most Canadians. The health of our landscape and the movement of wildlife are of such importance that we were one of the first mountain communities to install bear bins in every one of our neighbourhoods to keep that species safe. The Human Use Management Review (HUMR) was a multi stakeholder initiative from 2015 and was adopted by council. It is meant to guide our community in our effort to be a truly WildSmart community. There are dollars allocated annually to implement recommendations from the HUMR. But no one said that it was going to be easy address these changes or that it wasn’t going to challenge our personal views of how to manage the issue of human wildlife conflict. We need to look at how we live differently, from the products we buy to the homes we live in. What is our imprint on the landscape and how can we make that imprint more efficient in scale and use? In the efficiency of that footprint, what are the spin offs? Smarter built neighbourhoods, mean better transit service can also coincidentally free up traffic, therefore burning less carbon and save a family the time and cost of a second vehicle. Most times when we are talking about environmental sustainability in Canmore, it is with concern to wildlife corridors or waste and recycling efforts. Yet somewhere between the protection of corridors and the recycling depot is a place where other environmental topics desperately need to be explored. Use of our corridors, efficient land use, living with wildlife, the Human Use Management Review, appropriate outdoor recreation and how our built form can have a direct impact on the environment and wildlife corridors; these are subjects that fall under the topic of environmental sustainability and that I support.
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