Economic Update: How are Calgarians faring?

The synopsis: Calgary is experiencing increasing income inequality, and, being disproportionately dependent upon the oil and gas sector, our economy may not prove resilient to change – neither of which rank us very highly in terms of sustainability.  The decrease to our unemployment rate is encouraging, but tempered by increases in food bank usage, inadequate […]

How Well Are We?

The synopsis: State of our City’s most recent assessment of wellness indicators is not encouraging overall.  We’re falling short when it comes to supporting people with disabilities, and falling very short when it comes to supporting people on low incomes.  Youth obesity, access to preventative care, and healthy birth weights are further areas of concern.  […]

SOOC 2013 Evaluates Resource Use

The synopsis: When it comes to population density and transit use for work, Calgary hit its peak in 1951 and 1960 respectively, and our ecological footprint is 110 times the actual size of our city.  Our spending on public transit is increasing, but revenue sources are not currently stable or sustainable.  On the upside, our […]

Evaluating Education in Calgary: SOOC’s 2013 Indicators

Sustainable Calgary’s State of our City tracks 5 indicators that evaluate education in Calgary and Alberta: Average Class Size, Daycare Worker Salaries and Turnover, Grade Three Achievement Scores, Library Use, and Adult Literacy. Why? The ripple effects of education are far-reaching. Education improves literacy, socialization, problem-solving skills, and employability.  It can increase our GDP per capita. […]

Polling All Candidates – “Sneak peek” Results and Best Practices

by Binnu Jeyakumar, Sustainable Calgary volunteer Sustainable Calgary polled all candidates who had declared their candidacy prior to nomination day, regarding their commitment to campaign funding transparency. 35% of those polled committed to releasing data on the contributors and contributions on their websites. Any candidates who did not receive our poll invitation and/or have not […]

SOOC 2013 Community Indicators

Did you know the smell of pine trees decreases stress?  That income is a predictor of engaging in leisure activity? That crime is linked to literacy, inequality and the built environment? These relationships give us just a hint of the interconnectedness of different factors in our communities, and underline the value of tracking the State […]

State of our City 2013 Rolls Out

The research phase for State of our City 2013 is nearing completion! More than 10 community volunteers were hard at work this summer, bringing new ideas and new perspectives to this work, and proving that issues such as municipal waste, pesticides (and their politics!), and approaches to childhood asthma can be thoroughly absorbing. Over the […]

What Is Governance? And How Does It Impact Our Lives?

by Byron Miller  What is governance?  It’s not as easy a question to answer as we might think.  Most of us, when we think of governance, think of government.  We think of “the state” and the ways in which particular governments, elected by citizens, control the activities of the state.  Our elected “governments” play a […]