City of Edmonton, Alberta
Getting Certified to ISO 14001 Standard
The ISO 14001 standard represents the strongest possible commitment to environmental management, and few municipalities in the world have applied it as broadly to their operations as the City of Edmonton. Although the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has promoted this standard to its members for many years, it is a daunting task to implement and then become certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
Between 2004 and 2008, the city’s seven most environmentally high-risk branches were certified to the ISO standard by outside auditors through the city’s EnvISO program. The city is on track in its plans to have other high-risk departments meet the standard by the end of 2010.
The city has also produced an Environmental Construction Operations (ECO) Plan Framework for new construction. By becoming certified to the ISO 14001 standard, the City of Edmonton has reduced the environmental impacts of its operations while also implementing hundreds of changes to improve operations throughout the corporation.