How We Do It
Green Calgary stands out from other environmental agencies by offering programs and resources in many different areas as opposed to focusing on just one environmental issue. Our stakeholders value the wide scope of our work and the sense of community that they enjoy when they participate in our initiatives.
Green Homes & Communities
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.
Event Greening Services
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!