The Municipality of Jasper received a 5 Blooms – Silver rating and a special mention for Grassroots Waste Reduction during the 2019 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Municipality of Jasper participated in the International Challenge Very Small category along with Cavtat Croatia; Tignish PE Canada and Usseaux Italy. The community also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Scotts Community of Gardeners Award.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Andrea Bocsi wrote:
“Grassroots waste reduction is successful in the Municipality of Jasper. The privilege of living in a mountain park also brings responsibility and challenges. Any environmental stewardship program must consider the two million park visitors as well as the 5,000 residents. The Municipality of Jasper and Jasper National Park worked together to establish the Environmental Stewardship Program with the goal of becoming a model green community, embracing environmental stewardship through, ‘inspiring community members to actively engage in environmental responsibility processes’ and ‘balancing impacts of our actions today for the benefit of present and future generations’. Over the years, the local Communities in Bloom committee has championed many waste reduction strategies. This year, they recognized local residents who have held a successful campaign to reduce the amount of plastic waste by making free reusable bags available for one year. Legislation came after positive public input and compliance is still voluntary.”
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca
About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.