100-year Goals and Targets

Ramp It Up

The Ramp-It-Up Project creates communities where every person can access every space through a fun and engaging community project that raises awareness and helps remove barriers. Physical barriers in our neighbourhoods prevent many of us from enjoying some of the amazing buildings and spaces that Calgary has to offer. With labour from inspired volunteers and leadership from small businesses, we can offer single-stepped storefronts with a custom ramp made at no cost to them. The brightly coloured ramps are not a perfect solution to accessibility, but they create curiosity and get people talking. A simple ramp can make life easier for everyone. Participants in previous ramp projects have shared that a ramped storefront is more inviting not just to individuals in wheelchairs, but also to parents pushing strollers, seniors, walkers with wheeled shopping bags, couriers using dollies and individuals using mobility aids. Business owners have discovered that they are able to increase their customer base by providing a storefront that everyone can enter and exit.

100 Year Goals and Targets


Target 18
By 2016, we are developing “complete communities” that enable people to meet most of their daily needs within a reasonable walking distance from home.

Recent Milestones


Ramp Delivery
Jul 30, 2015

Deliver customized ramps and signage to participating businesses.

Ramp Build Day
Jul 11, 2015

With measurements from participating businesses, build and paint custom ramps.

C.U.P.s - Reducing Community Use of Disposables

Green Calgary is taking aim at “C.U.P.s” – “completely unnecessary products.” From plastic bags clogging streams, to plastic bottles littering parks, to garbage cans heaped with paper coffee cups, we see these products everywhere, everyday.

Green Calgary’s “C.U.P.s” campaign aims to educate Calgarians about the true and tragic costs of the continued use of disposables, then move them into ACTION – first on paper coffee cups. These cups are lined with non-compostable, non-recyclable plastic which leaches toxins (some of which are suspected carcinogens) into both our beverages and – as garbage – into our environment.

We invite each of you to join us in the CUPS pledge – to eliminate your personal use of paper coffee cups, to engage your family, friends, and office mates to do the same. Together, we can reduce, or better still eliminate the estimated 62 million paper cups used EACH Year in Calgary, and instead have Calgarians “lug their mugs” or sit peacefully at a table sipping their brew from a stay cup, taking a delicious break rather than racing off with a piece of soon-to-be garbage to add to Calgary landfill.

We want to create a future of delicious beverages, and no waste hang-over! A future in which the persistence pollution of plastics is no longer a threat to our air, soil, wildlife, and our health.

FACT: The average paper cups is garbage within 15 minutes of use and can last in landfill for more than 500 years.

100 Year Goals and Targets

Goods and Services

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.

Land and soil

Target 72
By 2036, land use efficiency increases by at least 30 per cent, as measured by public transit threshold and increased density.
Target 77
By 2036, Calgary’s ecological footprint decreases to below the 2001 Canadian average of 7.25 hectares per capita.

Ecological Footprint Calculator for Schools

The Calgary Board of Education, in collaboration with the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary, developed an Ecological Footprint Calculator for K-12 Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions (EcoFootprint Calculator). The project team applied for and received funding for the project from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, educationmatters, and TD Canada Trust.

The EcoFootprint Calculator was developed as an interactive calculator, in spreadsheet form, by Anielski Management. It is based on an existing, successful tool created by EPA Victoria in Australia, and is the only one of its kind in North America.

The tool focuses on inputs that the occupants have control over such as daily commuting, business commuting, purchasing, recycling, etc.   It will measure both the ecological and carbon footprint of a school or building and is not geared toward measuring the footprint of individual people.  The tool is intended to be part of a social marketing program that will raise staff/student awareness of their collective ecological and carbon footprint and in turn, influence behaviour to reduce those respective footprints.

100 Year Goals and Targets


Target 1
By 2036, 75 per cent of Calgarians report that they are informed.
Target 3
By 2036, Calgarians increase their use of communications technology to support sustainability.
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 22
By 2036, we reduce the annual private vehicle kilometres travelled per capita by 20 per cent.
Target 31
By 2036, 85 per cent of the waste generated within Calgary is diverted from landfills.


Target 67
By 2036, energy consumption is reduced by 30 per cent based on 1999 use.
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