Natural environment system

We value the natural environment that sustains our well-being and behave in a way that protects and restores our air, land and soil, plants and animals and water.

100-year Goals and Targets

  • Air

    Calgarians value the quality of clean air, recognizing it as the most basic need for survival. Treasuring clear, bright skies, we steward our airshed and responsibly address climate change; economic and social activities protect all living things by ensuring healthy air quality indoors and out.

    • Target 67
      By 2036, energy consumption is reduced by 30 per cent based on 1999 use.
    • Target 68
      By 2036, the use of low-impact renewable energy increases by 30 per cent as a percentage of total energy use.
    • Target 69
      By 2012, total community greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by six per cent from 1990 levels; by 2036, they’re reduced by 50 per cent from 1990 levels and criteria air contaminants are also significantly reduced.
    • Target 70
      By 2036, indoor air contaminants are reduced to zero per cent.
    • Target 71
      By 2036, Calgary’s ecological decreases to below the 2001 Canadian average of 7.25 hectares per capita.
  • Land and soil

    Fertile soil is vital to maintaining life. Calgarians are responsible stewards of land, maintaining the life supporting processes integral to healthy, intact ecosystems. We use and share our land wisely and equitably.

    • Target 72
      By 2036, land use efficiency increases by at least 30 per cent, as measured by public transit threshold and increased density.
    • Target 73
      By 2036, sustainable urban food production increases to five per cent.
    • Target 75
      By 2036, there is zero per cent new soil contamination.
    • Target 76
      By 2036, at least 30 per cent of existing contaminated sites are remediated.
    • Target 74
      By 2036, the consumption of urban- and regionally produced food by Calgarians increases to 30 per cent.
    • Target 77
      By 2036, Calgary’s ecological footprint decreases to below the 2001 Canadian average of 7.25 hectares per capita.
  • Plants and animals

    Calgary is rich with intact ecosystems. We protect and restore our natural heritage, valuing native biodiversity as the foundation of life. Our built environment is integrated into and respects the natural environment we inhabit.

    • Target 78
      By 2036, native biological diversity increases to healthy levels, as measured through Habitat Suitability Index indices and local key indicator species.
    • Target 79
      By 2036, the number and/or size of protected or restored habitats increases to a state of health and functionality.
  • Water

    Water is recognized as necessary for life. Calgarians value this precious resource and guarantee equitable access for all living things. We are stewards of water, protecting its quality and maintaining the integrity of the hydrologic cycle. Our water supply system is sufficiently secure, flexible and adaptable to changing conditions and circumstances.

    • Target 80
      By 2036, per capita water consumption is reduced by 40 per cent.
    • Target 81
      By 2036, positive rates of flow in the Bow River Basin are maintained to keep aquatic ecosystems at these levels.
    • Target 82
      By 2036, effective impervious areas are reduced equal to or below 30 per cent to restore natural hydrograph and become less susceptible to flooding.
    • Target 83
      By 2036, watershed health — as measured by loss of wetlands, water quality, non-compliance with pollution standards, in-stream flow and groundwater levels — improves.
    • Target 84
      By 2036, Calgary’s ecological footprint decreases to below the 2001 Canadian average of 7.25 hectares per capita.

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