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' construction began in June 2015 and include over 58,000 square feet of space for housing the Transportation, Parks, Information Technology, and Waste Services business centres and all their equipment. The construction also 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 is dedicated to the EPCOR Environmental Education Centre which serves as an interpretive centre, a classroom for workshops and school presentations, and an insightful visual exploration of Okotoks' water system and watershed, and trees of the river valley, and climate change.
In December 2019, the new Operations Centre was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification, with its focus on energy efficiency and education.
In 2020, the Town of Okotoks, Enmax, and Municipal Climate Change Action Centre recently installed a 509 kw Photo Voltaic (PV) solar system on the Operations Centre’s Fleet and ECO Centre roofs. The system has 1,272 400 watt solar panels and 4 inverters. This installation makes the Town a micro generator energy producer, producing 514,600 kwh annually! The majority of the electrical power produced is used at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, which is one of the Town’s largest corporate energy consumers. The Town will save approximately $30,000 in electrical consumption cost, with the additional benefit of reducing the Town’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by 400 tonnes.
Many of our Town facilities have solar photovoltaic (PV) installations including the Municipal Centre, the Okotoks Art Gallery, the Library and our most recent addition, the Operations Centre's Fleet and Eco Centre!
Additionally, the Fire Station and the Okotoks Recreation Centre both have solar thermal domestic hot water systems.
* Images of the Operations Centre's Fleet and Eco Centre solar photovoltaic (PV).