The Town of Okotoks is actively planning municipal infrastructure that will meet the community's current and future needs sustainably. We believe that by implementing new technologies such as increasing solar use, xeriscaping, and grey water recycling we can reduce our impact on the environment. Listed are just some of the corporate infrastructure projects the Town is building or has built to maintain our leadership in sustainability!
The Town of Okotoks received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification in 2015 for the Southridge Emergency Services Building. The three-storey, 30,000 ft² facility achieves 41% energy cost savings through initiatives such as triple-paned glass to prevent heat leaks and 31% indoor water savings through a built-in rainwater harvesting system for washing emergency vehicles!
The new Operations Centre buildings began in June 2015 and includes over 58,000 square feet of space for housing the Transportation, Parks and Waste Services business centres and all their equipment. It includes the Eco Centre, a dedicated one-stop location for recycling items not included in the blue cart program and for the safe disposal of excess and niche materials such as household hazardous waste, CFL bulbs, and electronics! Part of the centre will also be dedicated towards an Environmental Education Centre that will serve as an interpretive centre and classroom for PhD students working on the Living Soil Filtration Project, as well as youth and general education for water conservation and other environmental stewardship matters. The New Operations Centre is also looking to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification, with a focus on energy efficiency.
Many of our Town facilities have solar photovoltaic (PV) installations including the Municipal Centre, the Okotoks Art Gallery and the Library! Additionally, the Fire Station has a solar thermal domestic hot water system and the Recreation Centre uses solar thermal to heat the Riley Minue Pool!