It’s the city’s first Green Challenge.
And Environment Lethbridge is asking local citizens how they’d choose to reduce their environmental footprint.
Should you take shorter showers? Stop idling your car needlessly? Unplug appliances that waste power on “standby?” Take reusable shopping bags into the store? Eat less meat?
“We’re challenging people to take five simple actions to improve Lethbridge’s environment and take action on climate change,” says Kathleen Sheppard, executive director at Environment Lethbridge.
While the actions seem easy, she says, the point is to keep on doing them. “Everyone can remember to take a reuseable bag to the store once,” she says.
“With the Green Challenge, we will be supporting and reminding people to repeat their actions throughout the 30-day period so that they become a habit.”
Sheppard says the month-long challenge will be launched Jan. 15. All interested in accepting the challenge may sign up on the organization’s website, http://www.environmentlethbridge.ca/greenchallenge/.
Scholarship breakfast planned
Lethbridge School District No. 51, in partnership with the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and the Lethbridge Herald, is inviting the community to help recognize student innovation.
The district is planning the second annual Scholarship Breakfast next month.
Proceeds from the breakfast go towards the Canada 150 Innovation Creativity Entrepreneurship (ICE) Awards. These awards are annual student scholarships developed by the Board of Trustees in 2017 to celebrate the District’s new vision, along with Canada’s 150th birthday.
The Canada 150 ICE Awards will be presented to high school students who have demonstrated innovative thinking. The award is not about grades or tests, but focuses on student work exemplifying innovation that has the potential to impact a field of study, business, industry or the community at large.
This year’s scholarship breakfast will be held Feb. 14 at The Coast Hotel. It is an opportunity for local businesses to associate with innovation in District schools. In keeping with the spirit of the day and the Canada 150 ICE Awards, the theme for the breakfast will be, For the Love of Innovation: Paying it Forward.
Tax pre-payment still an option
It’s just a few days into the new year but some property owners have had 2018 on their mind for months.
Those who registered for the Tax Instalment Pre-payment Plan (TIPP) last year have been prepaying their 2018 property taxes since as early as August.
The program is designed to offer property owners the chance to pay off their property taxes over a 10-month period or shorter, depending on enrollment time, instead of one large payment at the end of June.
Those enrolled are prepaying their taxes. As a result, they earn a rate of prepayment incentive with no service charge. New applicants were encouraged to register by July 20 but permitted to register at any point, even now, as long as their 2017 property taxes were paid in full.
But there’s still time to reap the benefits.
Those who arrange to prepay some — or all — of their 2018 property taxes by the end of February will still receive a prepayment discount equivalent to an interest rate of 1.25 per cent per year, from the first day of payment until June 29, 2018. The sooner the prepayments are received, the greater the credit will be.
For more information, visit http://www.lethbridge.ca/taxes.
Access needed to hydrants
It’s still there, buried beneath the snow.
But the fire hydrant that protects your home may be hard to find — and difficult to use, in case of emergency.
That’s why Lethbridge fire officials are asking residents to clear the snow away from their nearby hydrant. Firefighters can lose precious time searching for the hydrant and digging it out, they explain.
A fire can double in size every 30 seconds, they point out, so accessing the hydrant quickly is critical.
Fire officials suggest that businesses consider including snow removal around nearby hydrants in their safety programs. Residents and businesses should clear a path to the hydrant from the road and within one metre around the hydrant. Snow piles should be removed so the hydrant is easily spotted from the road.