A Small Footprint by Design

Tendencies towards sustainability were inherited.

I figure that I have a very small environmental footprint. I don’t own a car, so I take public transit. I am lucky I live in a condo that has a recycle bin, the contents of which are picked up twice a week. When it is near pick-up day we can hardly squeeze in another sheet of paper.

I use my dryer on rare occasions like drying a bedspread or an extra-thick towel. Some kind person was moving and throwing away her clothes rack. I expressed an interest in it and she gave it to me. I use this wonderful wooden rack, my shower rods, and a travel clothesline to dry my wash. So what if the towels are no longer fluffy? Who cares? They flatten out after the first use anyway.

I save all my paper and use the blank reverse in my printer. I am a regular user of the Reuse Centre to get rid of egg cartons, greeting cards, magazines, etc. I donate my old clothes to non-profits.

I never leave a light on in a vacant space. My computer is on a power bar which I switch off every night. I leave my bath water in the tub so that the heat and moisture can circulate.

I figure I am genetically modified to save electricity because my grandfather who was born in 1870 could not tolerate a light left on. Every time I turn off a light I think of him. Thank you, Grandpa. You were way ahead of your time.

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  • Bissell Centre Hosts Memorial – The Bissell Centre drop-in hosts a memorial several times a year to honour the lives and memory of some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable people. The March service was presided over by Rev. Rick Chapman, Chaplain at the Bissell. Os- kapewis (Cree for “helper”) Lloyd Cardinal shared some words and songs with his large drum, and members of the community were invited to speak as well. The ceremony also included a smudge. Sharon Pasula

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. Here are some of the Indigenous drummers and dancers who took part warm up by one of the fires. Bottom: The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

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