Green Calgary Association
Our Story Why We Exist
Green Calgary empowers Calgarians live more sustainably by offering resources and information about the greener choices we all can make in our homes, schools, workplaces and in the community. We support Calgarians in the various stages of their green journey inspiring them to instill a positive environmental change in our city.
We make information and resources available to help people decide what changes they can consider making at home, at work and in their community, and we lend a helping hand to show them how to do it.We ‘meet the average person where they are’ in their ‘green journey’ and make it easy for them to make positive changes and feel good about the action they are taking.
Our stakeholders see our mission as promoting environmental sustainability through education. They value the fact that we offer all the resources and make it simple for Calgarians to be sustainable without imposing our views on them. They see us as an organization that empowers Calgarians to make more sustainable choices in every aspect of their lives.
We educate people in ways that are possible. Small steps but all combined make positive changes environmentally.
Our Impact What We Do
Since 1978, Green Calgary has sought to address a range of pressing urban environmental issues including pollution, waste management and resource conservation. As the nature and understanding of these and other issues has evolved over the years, so too has Green Calgary’s focus, programs and approach. Every time we've been able to introduce green practices to a mainstream audience, we've moved on with the ever present hope that one day Calgary won't need us to exist because we are the greenest citizens living in the most sustainable city in the world.
Green Calgary is innovative in the way it responds to the ever changing needs of a rapidly growing city. We are not only adapting to shifting attitudes, demographics and knowledge regarding environmental sustainability; we have continued to look for opportunities to innovate and collaborate, avoiding duplication of services and finding ways for increased engagement. For instance, we were first organization to bring event greening to local events like the Calgary Folk Festival. We have been organizing our annual Rain Barrel and Composter Sales for over a decade which takes hundreds of re-purposed plastic food containers (diverting them from the landfill) every year and engages homeowners in rainwater harvesting and outdoor water conservation.
For over 35 years, Green Calgary has been a leader in urban environmental sustainability. We currently offer 5 key program areas that reach +80,000 Calgarians at their homes, workplaces, schools, events and at our own store. Our team of dedicated employees (equivalent of 8.5 full time staff) and 180 active volunteers work hard everyday to ensure our programs engage and empower our fellow Calgarians to green the way they live, work and play. The main reason Green Calgary has remained relevant, in a city that is constantly changing, is the meaningful impact we continue to have in the community.
ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS (2015):
Our Green Homes & Community program introducted a number of new offerings to meet Calgarians where they are in their green journey.
- 1500+ green inquiries answered through our Help Desk
- 34 workshops, presentations & other learning opportunities
- 500+ participants actively engaged in green living
Our Green Workplace program enhanced its fee for service work to help fund other projects to support businesses and organizations in their sustainability initiatives.
- 3600+ metric tons (MT) waste were diverted from the landfill
- 20 waste audits and assessments conducted
- 83% average diversion rate for events
- 200+ workshop participants
Our Green Kids & Generation Green programs delivered more classroom and community offerings than ever before.
- 300+ programs delivered to schools and community groups
- 7900 children and youth engaged in inquiry based eco learning
- 9 new alternative learning programs
"The kids loved the interactive, hands-on... displays. Real work environmental problems were explained in kid-friendly language" - Grade 4 Teacher
Our Programs How We Do It
We support Calgarians in the various stages of their green journey inspiring them to instill a positive environmental change in our city by offering the following programs:
Formerly known as Healthy Homes, this program has helped hundreds of Calgarians incorporate simple & affordable green options into everyday living. From reducing the toxins we put into local waterways; to reducing household waste; to making responsible buying choices; to re-thinking energy use; we offer all kinds of ways to lower your eco footprint and maintain a greener home.
This award winning program has helped hundreds of organizations achieve their desired environmental outcomes. We help our corporate citizens become leaders in environmental sustainability and continue to innovate in the areas of green business solutions and staff engagement.
Our Green Kids program is offered to schools and community groups year round; and is an opportunity for children from kindergarten to Grade 6 experience inquiry based hands on environmental education. Children come out of our programs excited and engaged to be greener citizens and share their new found knowledge on how to be green with their parents, friends and family.
Our new Generation Green program is offered to schools & community groups for youth grades 7-12 to receive the education, problem-solving skills, and encouragement to make personal changes that promote positive environmental action. Our youth are often inspired to become environmental stewards and play a leadership role within their peer groups to drive environmental social responsibility - once they are given the tools and resources to do so.
Did you know that Green Calgary pioneered event greening in our city? With dozens of stampede events as well as a multitude of cultural celebrations hosted every year in our city, the amount of waste generated and sent to our landfills is enormous. We started with the Calgary Folk Fest almost a decade ago and continue to work with many other events; incorporating greener practices, training and mentoring hundreds of volunteers; and educating vendors, organizers and the general public. Our events average an 80% diversion rate - that's waste that isn't going to the landfill, contributing to greenhouse gases, and requiring tax dollars to manage for decades.
Our EcoStore is a social enterprise where all the proceeds go right back into providing innovative environmental programs for our homes, communities, workplaces and schools! We only sell green products that meet our standards (no green-washing allowed!) and we provide all the support to use them including operating a Help Desk to answer thousands of green questions every year!
Our Requests What You Can Do
Charitable giving is a deeply personal choice and we are immensely grateful to our donors - you already know that environmental action is a shared responsibility; and it's the everyday actions we take that will ultimately make the difference.
Your gift is no small thing. No matter the size, it contributes to the larger impact when we all work together.
You make it possible for all Calgarians, regardless of income level to have access to our programs and learn to take effective environmental action in their homes, communities, workplaces and schools. The more people we can engage and teach to be more environmentally aware, the greater the impact to the planet.
As a leading urban environmental charity, donors make our work possible. Please make a gift that contributes to our community and ultimately our planet!
Join a community of environmentally conscious individuals and business who, like you, support positive environmental action in Calgary:
- raise awareness of emerging urban environmental issues
- empower others to take simple environmental action everyday
- make friends and meet others who, like you, are working to make Calgary more sustainable
- receive discounts on green products, workshops & other offerings including the newsletter
- gain the right to vote at our AGM & stand for election for our Board
We simply can’t do it without you. As a grassroots environmental charity our work couldn’t be possible without the contributions of our amazing volunteers.
Each year we rely on over 100 volunteers who contribute over 1,500 hours of time to work events, staff booths, support programs and provide administrative assistance. By volunteering with us you’ll be contributing your skills and talents to build a more sustainable city.