Environmental Advisory Committee

Who are we?

The Saint Andrews Environmental Advisory Committee was formed in December of 2020 as a result of the Saint Andrews Adaptation Plan, A Community Based Climate Adaptation Plan (2019). We meet on a monthly basis to generate recommendations to Council on environmental matters and to support positive environmental management practices and policies. This year, the committee is focusing on:
1. Composting
2. Energy usage & greenhouse gas emissions
3. Green spaces

Mandate

The Environmental Advisory Committee will work to champion local actions to address community environmental concerns and pertinent environmental issues. The Committee will provide a forum for members of the public to express concerns and discuss policies, regulations, and other protocols in relation to environmental sustainability, management, and conversations to contribute to the overall quality of life.

Interested in Becoming a Committee Member

Please contact Paul Nopper, Clerk – Senior Administrator at 506-529-5120 or pnopper@townofstandrews.ca for more information.

News and Information

Factors Influencing Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)

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Cyanobacteria are found naturally in waterbodies such as lakes and rivers. They were the earliest known forms of life on earth and are a key source of food for aquaculture life. Certain environmental factors can affect their growth such as excess nutrients, sunlight, warm water temperatures, and slow-moving shallow water can be factors in the formation of surface blooms. 

Nutrients (like nitrogen and phosphorus) are naturally occurring in waterbodies and are needed for plant and animal life. Excess nutrients can find their way into waterbodies through storm runoff, agriculture runoff, industrial and municipal wastewater, faulty septic systems, and lawn fertilizers. 

Climate change impacts such as warmer temperatures, more intense rainfall events, and drought conditions could impact the growth of cyanobacteria blooms. 

Butterflyway Project for Saint Andrews – Gardeners and Volunteers Needed!

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The David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) created the Butterflyway Project to build local Butterflyways, which are defined as a network of at least one dozen native wildflower-filled gardens and plantings in the neighbourhood or community in Canada. The Butterflyway initiative in Saint Andrews is being promoted by Peggy Hogarth and Caroline Walker. We encourage individuals and groups to create butterflyways in our community. Our goal is to have 12 pollinator-friendly gardens in Saint Andrews by the fall of 2022. 

A few points:

  1. The Butterflyway project is not just for Monarch butterflies; plantings are to encourage growth of many different butterflies and moths native to our area. Native Plants = Native Butterflies.
  2. Clusters of locally sourced native plants are more effective pollinators than single plantings.
  3. Honey bees are not native bees, thus native plants are primarily for native bees. Native Plants = Native Bees.

Many gardeners, nature lovers, and observers may know that butterflies, native bees, and other insects are in decline. In North America, loss of habitat, fragmentation of habitat including conversion of wetlands and fields to agriculture, urban growth and sprawl, as well as clearcutting of forests and replanting of single-species stands.

On the plus side, urban gardens are crucial for conserving butterflies and bees, and 80% of Canadians live in urban areas. 

The DSF began training volunteer “Butterflyway Rangers” in five cities in 2017. In Canada now, more than 75 neighbourhoods have established butterflyways. Let’s add Saint Andrews to the list!

We encourage you and your neighbours together to create a butterfly way. Shirley Brinkhurst is the contact person at Anchors Landing and is interested ins starting a garden with you. To be counted as one of Saint Andrews 12 butterfly ways, register your garden with Caroline Walker at carolinewywalker6@gmail.com or Peggy Hogarth at Peggy.Hogarth@outlook.com. Good Luck!

Native plants for this region include the following (deer resistance not guaranteed):

  1. Canada Goldenrod
  2. Joe Pye weed
  3. Golden ragwort
  4. Swamp milkweed
  5. Rough fleabane
  6. Common yarrow

Earth Day Canada 2022 Tree Relay

Initiated on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Municipal Tree Planting Relay is the perfect way for cities to highlight their dedication to addressing climate change and reiterate their commitment to sustainability.

On the 22nd of every month until Earth Day 2022, cities across Canada will announce their pledge to plant at least 50 trees in honour of Earth Day. These municipalities, committed to taking action to making their regions greener, will then hand off the relay baton to other Canadian cities for the following month. 

The Town of Saint Andrews will be planting 70 trees in the community, native and fruit trees, to support Earth Day 2022 and the 70th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum. Jubilee. The first tree will be planted on April 22, 2022, and the 70th tree planted on June 7, 2022. Stay tuned for more information. 

Year of the Garden 2022

Town of Saint Andrews Declaration of Climate Emergency

On February 7, 2022, at the Regular Council Meeting, the Council of the Town of Saint Andrews declared a state of climate emergency.

That the Council of the Town of Saint Andrews declares a climate emergency recognizing that climate change poses a serious risk and must be treated with urgency. As part of the declaration, the Town of Saint Andrews has committed to the following actions as part of the climate emergency declaration:

  1. Continue mitigation measures to foster resilience
  2. Protect and enhance natural infrastructure to promote carbon recapture.
  3. Keep current data on climate change and incorporate it into decision-making.
  4. Have an educational campaign to support residents on climate change.
  5. Establish a fund for green initiatives for businesses in the community.
  6. Continue to examine the Town operations through a green climate lens to seek out improvements.

Town of Saint Andrews Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target by 2034

Saint Andrews Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Reduction Strategy:SA_GHGMitigation_LocalActionPlan_Final

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On January 17, 2022, at the Regular Council Meeting, the Council of the Town of Saint Andrews set a new Greenhouse Gas Emissions target for municipal facilities. The motion reads:

“That Council sets the Greenhouse Gas Emissions reduction target of 30% below 2020 levels by 2034 or 202.56tCO2e for the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Plan and Study for the Town of Saint Andrews being completed by the Eastern Charlotte Waterways.”

New Brunswick Smart Energy Community Accelerator Plan, Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Reduction Strategy, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Project Accelerator Program

Article: Quest Canada Helps Saint Andrews, St. Stephen, Find Smart-Energy Solutions for their Environment and Economies: https://huddle.today/2022/04/04/quest-canada-helps-saint-andrews-st-stephen-find-smart-energy-solutions-for-their-environments-and-economies/

The Town of Saint Andrews has been participating in the new pilot project for New Brunswick Smart Energy Community Accelerator Program offered through Quest Canada since the fall of 2020. The purpose of the program is to establish a Community Energy Plan to assist 10 New Brunswick communities and one First Nation to equip them with the tools and knowledge to develop and implement community energy plans and understand the net economic benefits they can provide. For more information on the Accelerator Project please follow the link: https://questcanada.org/new-brunswick-smart-energy-community-accelerator-pilot-program/

In addition to the Accelerator program, the Town of Saint Andrews received an Environmental Trust Fund Grant through the Province of New Brunswick to conduct a Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Reduction strategy being completed by Eastern Charlotte Waterways. This project reviewed all municipal facilities to generate baselines of greenhouse gas emissions and energy emissions. From the data collected in the strategy, the Town can target specific projects that support further energy reductions to the building envelops, heat recovery systems, and renewable energies. This strategy in conjunction with the Accelerator Plan will give the Town leverage when applying for grant funding for energy reduction projects.

Community Best Practices

Waste Reduction:

  1. Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
  2. Buy items with less packaging.
  3. Compost your food waste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE6n5xWYS4I
  4. Reduce consumption.
  5. When downsizing and decluttering, donate or recycle before throwing away.

Save Energy and Money:

  1. Have an energy audit on your home.
  2. Turn down thermostats or replace thermostats with programmable systems. 
  3. Consider installing a heat pump or solar panels.
  4. Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing new appliances.
  5. Use energy-efficient light bulbs (LED).
  6. Unplug electronics especially when you are on holiday. 

Transportation:

  1. Consider carpooling.
  2. Walk or bike if you can. 
  3. Should your next car be an electric vehicle? Try the Project Village Car Share Program from Eastern Charlotte Waterways: https://stcroixcourier.ca/pilot-project-for-unique-public-transportation-service-prepares-to-launch-in-charlotte-county/

Food:

  1. Buy local or grow your own food. 
  2. Support the local farmers by purchasing produce from the Saint Andrews Farmers Market https://www.facebook.com/St-Andrews-Farmers-Market-318146614866370/

Green Spaces:

  1. Plant native trees and shrubs on your property.
  2. Be Plant Wise – avoid planting non-native invasive plants. Choose native plants and wildflowers to enhance local biodiversity. https://www.naturewatch.ca/plantwatch/new-brunswick/

Key Community Resource Links

Resources for Homeowners:

  • Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission – Residential Curbside Recycling Program – https://southwestrecycles.com/
  • Glass Bottle and Can Recycling – Boy Scouts of Saint Andrews – 219 Prince of Wales Street. Bottles and cans inside the building (Fundraising for Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off – Hemlock Knoll Landfill – 5749 Route 3, Lawrence Station, NB. http://www.snbsc.ca/hhw.html

Community Resources:

Energy Savings Grants:

Smart Home Design Steps

Environmental Protection:

Days of Celebration

March 21 – International Day of Forests – Forest sustainable management and their use of resources are key to combating climate change, and to contributing to the prosperity and well-being of current and future generations. Forests also play a crucial role in poverty alleviation and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet despite all these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate. It is vital to consume and produce wood in a more environmentally friendly way for the planet and its inhabitants. Let’s protect this easily renewable resource with a sustainably managed forest.  https://www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day?bblinkid=259081388&bbemailid=38897197&bbejrid=-1998919784

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