Putting Down Roots

Back in her home country of Bhutan, Nar Mahat was a farmer by trade.

However, when conflict broke out in the area in the 90s, she and her family fled the danger as refugees to Nepal. After arriving to begin a new life in Canada seven years ago, she enrolled in classes at the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society to learn English. Since last summer, she's gone back to her roots in the garden as a member of the GROW project (Gardens by Refugees and Other Newcomers Welcomed) - planting and pruning in a garden lush with rhubarb, peppers, peas and tomatoes. Smiling, she said it makes her happy to work alongside other students and has since started her own garden at home.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we enjoy sustains us all, now and in the future.

Landfill Waste Per Capita

Waste landfilled per capita has trended downward since 2007, surpassing municipal goals. This may be due to our efforts to divert our waste with our waste management system.

environment feature 368 kg waste/person Blue Cart recycling reaches about 300,000 homes. Community recycling depots open throughout the city. 2009 Over 320,000 green carts are delivered to single-family homes for weekly pickup of food and yard waste. 2016 Calgary set to reduce their waste to 410 kg/person by December 2018. Calgary has already met their goal, with 368/kg a person as of Dec 2017. 2017 kg landfill waste/person waste target 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Source

Calgary Water Withdrawals

NOTE: Since Indigenous students self-identify on application forms, data may underestimate overall enrollment. *does not include Banff Centre
176,445 178,114 174,433 188,507 0 50,000 100,000 150,000 200,000 250,000 2014 2015 2016 2017 Megalitres of Water Equates to 378 litres per capita (2033 goal is 350 litres per capita) 2003 benchmark

Calgary Recycling Contamination Rates



of materials thrown into GREEN carts aren't suitable for composting


of materials thrown into BLUE carts aren't suitable for recyling


2016 Concentrations of Ozone

(pbb = part per billion)

Calgary showed a decrease in ground level ozone and fine particulate matter where we are lower than Toronto and Montreal but not as low as Vancouver.

NOTE: Particulate matter episodes in Calgary are mainly influenced by forest fire smoke in the summertime. It is also influenced by vehicle and industrial emissions during stagnant wind conditions in the wintertime.


Concentrations of Fine Particulate Matter

(Annual Average)
0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2 4 6 8 10 12 micrograms per cubic meter Montreal Toronto Calgary Vancouver Source

Dogs to Person Ratio Licensed Dogs


1 in 12


1 in 14


1 in 30


1 in 32


1 in 32


1 in 50

Number of off-leash areas in Calgary




Calgary's Vital Signs

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