What makes your city eco-friendly?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Fusion

Saskatoon has quickly become a very eco-friendly city over the last few years, with initiatives ranging from curbside recycling to local farmers markets and the opening of many trendy second-hand clothing stores.

Bicycling

Recently, the city and local businesses have taken on the initiative to provide a bicycle valet service at almost every summer event. This further encourages residents to leave their cars at home and use their bike to get around. 

The city of Saskatoon has also created a number of guides which rank the streets of the city for cycling as well as providing information about the bike paths around the city, which are ever growing in number. It's not uncommon to see someone biking through the snow in -30C weather.

Recycling

Saskatoon has just begun to roll out a curbside "single bin" recycling program. It is expected to be fully operational city-wide by June of this year.

Used Clothing Stores

A number of second-hand clothing stores have begun to pop up around the city and are making quite a name for themselves. It is not looked down upon by anyone in the community to shop at these venues and the quality of clothing cannot be matched.

Local Food

We have also seen a rising trend in the number of restaurants that are only using locally grown, raised and caught ingredients. Often times owners can be seen shopping at any of the local farmer's markets which are often growing in number and size across the city.

Read more about eco-friendly living in Saskatoon and let me know what steps your city has taken to move in a green direction!

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Joel Weihe
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We're working on and building a master bicycle path plan that will interconnect the entire city.

Mar 27, 2013 01:21 PM #1
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
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Good for you as a recycler myself I enjoy hearin these things. Good for us all.

Mar 27, 2013 01:24 PM #2
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Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

@Joel - That's awesome!

@Joyce - Yeah, my condo building also does community recycling for items that can be returned for a deposit and we use that money to fund our "recreation committee," such as potlucks, coffee parties, etc.

Mar 27, 2013 01:32 PM #3
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Hi Susan, We have some really cool community near me that are nearly energy neutral with an underground heat pump, solar and super insulation.  They used reclaimed wood and left the finishes fairly raw to minimize on chemicals in the place. Their called Z-Homes if you wanted to look them up.

Mar 27, 2013 01:42 PM #4
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Tony Lewis
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Our Valencia, Ca. community is being completed by Lennar.  These new homes save the buyer thousand of dollars with the green features that come standard.

Mar 27, 2013 01:48 PM #5
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Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

@Dan - zHomes! Just looked them up, they look awesome.

Mar 27, 2013 01:49 PM #6
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Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

@Tony - Just looked that up as well, looks great.

Mar 27, 2013 01:56 PM #7
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Susan,

Austin is always promoting a healthy life style and taking special care of our natural resources..sounds like Saskatoon is another similar city in their thinking! Thanks for letting us know, good information.

Mar 27, 2013 10:26 PM #8
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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
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This is a great blog idea and I think you could really expand on it and provide a lot more detail to people moving to your area. I think I may do the same. Washington DC has a great transportation system, bike share program and car share programs. We also have city-wide recycling and bike lanes. You've inspired me to write a post with a lot more details about my green city.
Mar 27, 2013 10:39 PM #9
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Susan - It sounds like Saskatoon has made great strides in becoming more Eco-friendly.

Mar 27, 2013 11:24 PM #10
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Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

@Dorie - We've definitely taken positive steps in that direction.

@Dana - If you click my link at the end I have an expanded blog post with a lot more information!

@Tom - Definitely!

Mar 28, 2013 04:24 AM #11
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Debbie Reynolds
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Susan, Here's a high five to your community for being eco-friendly. They are taking some good steps to protect our planet.

Mar 29, 2013 09:50 AM #12
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Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

@Debbie - I couldn't agree more, there's no reason not to! Our condo building installed solar panels on our roof a few years ago as well and we've cut the cost of heating our building down over 50%.

Mar 29, 2013 09:54 AM #13
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