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