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.

What do Calgarians Value?

Repsondents were asked to pick their top three values.
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  • 79%
  • HEALTH
  • 48%
  • SPARE TIME / HOLIDAYS
  • 30%
  • WORK
  • 29%
  • SPORTS/FITNESS
  • 18%
  • EDUCATION
  • 17%
  • ARTS/CULTURE
  • 17%
  • PHILANTHROPY
  • 15%
  • MONEY
  • 13%
  • RELIGION/SPRITUALITY
  • 12%

Perceptions of Calgarians

Based on Vital Signs Survey

36%

Local / Community

31%

Event / Fundraising

27%

Education

23%

Sports / Recreation

23%

Arts / Heritage

22%

Children / Youth

19%

Social Justice

17%

Religion

13%

Seniors

13%

Environment

12%

Hospitals / Health

9%

Animal Welfare

7%

Never

23%

Once a year

17%

Once every 6 months

19%

Once every 3 months

34%

Once every month

18%

Never

17%

Once a year

12%

Once every 6 months

13%

Once every 3 months

40%

Once every month

Volunteering increases with age. 30% of Calgarians under the age of 35 say they volunteer regularly, compared to people 52% of people aged 65+.

Strength of belonging increases with age and, conversely, feelings of being out of place diminish with age.

Calgarians were asked to rate their sense of belonging as very strong, somewhat strong, somewhat weak or very weak.

Sense of Belonging

Source
5% 5% 16% 49% Very Strong Very Weak Somewhat Strong Somewhat Weak 29%

Frequency of feeling uncomfortable / out of place

73%

rarely / never

VS

7%

often / always

Quality of Life

Top five things that would improve overall quality of life in Calgary:
  • 18%
  • Improve transit / public transportation
  • 12%
  • More affordable housing
  • 9%
  • Improvements to gov. spending / taxpayer money
  • 9%
  • Better planned neighbourhoods
  • 8%
  • More diverse economy / better economy
  • 18%
  • Improve transit / public transportation
  • 12%
  • More affordable housing
  • 9%
  • Improvements to gov. spending / taxpayer money
  • 9%
  • Better planned neighbourhoods
  • 8%
  • More diverse economy / better economy

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