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.
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.