Sustainable Action Canmore

Being so close to one of the world's most revered mountain ranges, Albertans often flock westward on weekends. But, after the Bow Valley saw a rapid increase in human settlement in the 1980s and 90s, a group in Canmore saw a need to preserve the area's ecological integrity. The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley was formed 20 years ago in an effort to research the area, and educate visitors and residents on sustainability. Executive director Melanie Watt helped launch Sustainable Action Canmore to encourage people to take one action at a time to make sustainability a regular part of everyday life: from composting, to solar panels, to awareness on how to co-exist with wildlife.

This vital priority issue area includes environmental sustainability and conversation.

Waste per Capita

Over the past 10 years, total waste thrown out has gone down from 750kg / person to 420kg / person.

750 kg
per person.


420 kg
per person.


Perceptions of Calgarians

Based on Vital Signs Survey


rate water quality as excellent/good.


rate recycling and waste reduction opportunities as excellent/good.


rate green space and parks as excellent/good.


rate environmental sustainability as important to them.


dispose of items with corrosive, toxic or flammable materials in an environmentally conscious manner.


are committed to recycling as often as they can.

90% of Calgarians are committed to recycling as often as they can.

Average Annual Concentrations of Fine Particulate Matter

0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Toronto Montreal Calgary Vancouver Micrograms per cubic meter 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Calgary's environmental performance is among the best of all Canadian cities due to City programs that have significantly reduced our environmental footprint.

Annual Average Concentrations of Ozone

Micrograms per qubic meter, 2010-2015
2015 CALGARY 36 pbb TORONTO 35 pbb MONTREAL 32 pbb VANCOUVER 26 pbb

Water withdrawals dropped from 178,114 to 174,433 megalitres, 2015-2016.

1 megalitre = 1,000,000 litres.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Personal communication, Warren Brooke, P.Eng., LEED AP, Climate Change Program, Environmental & Safety Management, The City of Calgary,,
(ktCO 2 e = kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) 2050 GOAL: 80% REDUCTION FROM 2005 LEVELS 2020 GOAL: 20% REDUCTION FROM 2005 LEVELS 2005 Calgary 2016 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 ktCO 2 e

and Parks

17% of residents in the NE rate green space and parks as below average or poor.
vs. 5% elsewhere in the city.

hectares of parklands

park benches


Baseball diamonds

Calgary's Vital Signs

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