What Is The Active Neighbourhoods Calgary Project?

Well to start, what is an Active Neighbourhood? The concept can have many different meanings to different people. Some might define an Active Neighbourhood as being green, safe, interactive and engaged, or as having safe schools and parks, transport options, bike lanes, public spaces, healthy kids and healthy families. For some, vitality, safety and sustainability […]

The Current State of Calgary’s Waste

By Andrea Eitle  In 2007, Council adopted the goal of diverting 80 per cent of waste from landfills by the year 2020. Progress is measured in terms of the amount of waste received at the city landfills per person. The target is to reduce waste disposed of in landfills to 188kg per capita by 2020 […]

Campaign Funding Transparency Update

On October 16, our report on Campaign Funding Transparency showed that 57% of candidates polled by Sustainable Calgary had committed to disclosing their campaign financing. Several more candidates having gotten in touch with Sustainable Calgary since last week, and this number is now up to 66% of candidates  – who were polled within a week of nomination day, […]

State of our City 2013

For the past several months, we’ve been rolling out our indicators for the 2013 edition of Sustainable Calgary’s State of our City on this website.  Now we’re putting it all together! Below are links to the entire suite of blogs laying out Sustainable Calgary’s 2013 State of our City 2013.  Check out how we’re doing […]

Calgary Housing Choice and Affordability Ignores Car Dependency

Research by University of Calgary professor Dr. Noel Keough shows the surprising impact that transportation choice has on the affordability of home rental and purchase. The report entitled: Action Research on Transportation Housing Affordability, funded by the Calgary Mortgage and Housing Corporation, details how for different income levels and communities in Calgary, car ownership costs […]

Governance Indicator #5: Campaign Financing Transparency

On September 27, our sneak peak on campaign funding transparency showed that 35% of candidates polled by Sustainable Calgary had committed to disclosing their campaign financing. This number is now up to 57% of candidates, who were polled within a week of nomination day, that have now released their campaign financing information (see graph below). [i] Any […]

Natural Environment Indicators for SOOC 2013

The synopsis: We’re seeing positive trends when it comes to water quality, water consumption, and Christmas bird counts, but pesticide use in Calgary is a concern, and air quality shows mixed results. Sustainable Calgary’s State of our City tracks 5 indicators of the Natural Environment, including Air Quality, Food Grown Locally, Pesticide Use, Christmas Bird […]

Governance Indicator #4: Governance and Finance

by Byron Miller  A critical aspect of governance concerns the ability of democratically elected governments to actually implement the policies they adopt.   Having robust democratic decision-making at the municipal scale means nothing if, at the end of the day, municipal governments cannot carry out the wishes of their citizens.  Over the last three decades we […]

Governance Indicator #3: Representativeness of Electoral System – Unearned Runs (Seats) Average

by Noel Keough One of the Hall Marks of a sustainable community is well-functioning, fair and transparent institutions of governance.  One of the pillars of our system of governance is the electoral process. In a representative democracy we expect that the people who represent us do in fact mirror the popular will expressed at the […]