Waste Reduction Initiative

In March 2008, the CBE committed to reducing its waste to landfill by 50% by 2012. For the past 5 years, our staff and students have been very intentional in our work by implementing various waste reduction programs to help achieve this goal. As of December, 2012, the CBE current rate of waste generation is 162,176 kilograms per month, and 1.77 kilograms per students, per month. This is a reduction of 54% in kilograms per month. Framed in different terms, it is a 55% reduction in kilograms per students, per month, from 2007-08 levels.

We are excited to have exceeded our original target. Through the implementation of its Waste Reduction Initiative, the CBE is consuming more responsibly, sending less solid waste to landfill, and is saving money through its waste reduction efforts. By continuing to work on managing and reducing its waste, the CBE will affirm its commitment to helping students become responsible stewards of the environment by contributing to its quality and sustainability (Results 3: Citizenship).

100 Year Goals and Targets

Goods and Services

Target 11
By 2036, over 50 per cent of Calgary businesses adopt a protocol for sustainable practices and report on it regularly.
Target 13
By 2036, all Calgarians consume more responsibly.
Target 31
By 2036, 85 per cent of the waste generated within Calgary is diverted from landfills.


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