Preface Melanie Bell: Case Study Research, Writing.In keeping with LSCC’s mandate, the Green Communities Dawn Doell: Image Research, Editing, AdministrativeGuide was developed to be an essential tool to help com- Support.munities develop strategies to conserve water, protect Ernie Ewaschuk: Project Management, Fundraising,water quality, preserve valuable agricultural land, and Writing, Editing.protect critical open space and wildlife habitat. It strives Sarah Primeau: Project Development, Fundraising,to do this by highlighting community initiatives that have Research, Writing, Editing.achieved these goals, always using case studies nearest Michelle Riopel: Project Coordination: Writing, Editing,to Alberta, when available. The key issues facing mu- Research, Design, Printing.nicipalities (elected officials and municipal departments), Cassandra Bencz: Editingstewardship groups, and developers have been identified External input and direction was provided by:through a survey and have formed the basis of select- Alberta Environment - Sheleen Lakusta and Kristaing the appropriate tools to address those issues. The Trembletttools then, have been researched and described, accom- Alberta Tourism Parks Recreation and Culture - Travis Sjovoldpanied by case studies and incorporated into the Green Alberta Municipal Affairs - Nancy HackettCommunities Guide. Through the guide, municipalities, City of Edmonton, Office of Natural Areas - Lindseystewardship groups, and developers will be informed McCrankabout the innovative approaches other communities are City of Edmonton, Drainage - Lyndon Gyurektaking to avoid, mitigate, or reduce the impacts of growth Graphic Design and Layout:and development, to maintain the flow of ecological Jim Bisakowski Book Design.cagoods and services from their landscapes. FundingAcknowledgements: Alberta Real Estate FoundationWe would like to acknowledge the many individuals and Land Stewardship Centre of Canadaorganizations who contributed to this project, and who Alberta Environment Alberta Municipal Affairsare listed throughout this publication. Their donations, Alberta Sustainable Resource Developmentsupport, guidance, and information have been indispens- Ducks Unlimited Canadaable to the creation of the Green Communities Guide. Shell Environment FundContributions to Case Studies: City of CalgaryTony Barber, Libby Fairweather, Kystle Fedoretz, RockyFeroe, Dena Foo, Locke Girvan, Kathy Goble, GuyGreenaway, Steve Hanhart, Claudette Lacombe, DavidLeopold, Greg Lewin, Lesley Lovell, Harley Machielse,Dave Murray, Jorg Ostrowski, Kimron Rink, Kerry Ross,Neal Sarnecki, Kim Schmitt, Brad Stelfox, Guy St. Germain,Peter Vana, Nancy Weigel, Jay White, Kevin Wirtanen.This publication was assembled by the Land StewardshipCentre of Canada, under the direction of Sarah Primeau,who developed the concept and proposal, and who wasalso the primary author. Other contributions are outlinedbelow:
About the LSCCThe main purpose of Land StewardshipCentre of Canada is to promote stew-ardship as a way to achieve sustain-able land and resource use through theapplication of ecological principles toensure maintenance of ecological func-tion. Further, LSCC supports individualsand community-based groups trying to improve their locallandscapes. LSCC participates in provincial and national ini-tiatives that advance stewardship policy in all sectors of so-ciety. LSCC played a key role in the founding of the AlbertaStewardship Network (ASN) and is currently the Secretariatfor that organization. In addition, LSCC assisted in the es-tablishment of the Alberta Land Trust Alliance (ALTA) and isChair of that Board of Directors.LSCC Vision: Society demonstrates a stewardship ethicand an understanding of healthy ecosystems in its land usepractices.LSCC Mission: To facilitate stewardship by improving un-derstanding of healthy ecosystems, supporting communitystewardship, and strengthening policies that affect resourceuse.Goal 1: To build knowledge about ecologically sustainableland use policy and practices.Goal 2: To share and exchange information and knowledgewith stewards and society.Goal 3: To support and encourage community-based stew-ardship.Goal 4: To strengthen policies to advance stewardship andpromote sustainable land use.