Share this page Print

Environment

 

ID: 37

ListCategory: Environment

Title: Environment

Subtitle: 2026 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES BID

Description: <p>Environment is one of five topics <a href="/GamesBid" target="_blank">we would like to hear from you about​</a>. Environmental sustainability is a priority for Council and The City of Calgary and a key focus in <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b4fa7bfb40b9d9e86b0b8cb/t/5b9805571ae6cf6611856204/1536689503795/BidCo+HostingPlan+Condensed.Web.Sept10.pdf" target="_blank">Calgary 2026’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept</a>.​</p> <p>Environmental sustainability is about actions to keep our communities, air, water and land healthy today and for the future.</p>

HeroImage: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/PublishingImages/2026-Olympics/winter-walk-2.jpg, /CSPS/Recreation/PublishingImages/2026-Olympics/winter-walk-2.jpg

HeroImageHeight: Medium (36)

HeroImagePosVert: Center

ShowOnline: True

2026 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES BIDEnvironment

Environment is one of five topics we would like to hear from you about​. Environmental sustainability is a priority for Council and The City of Calgary and a key focus in Calgary 2026’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept.​

Environmental sustainability is about actions to keep our communities, air, water and land healthy today and for the future.

​ ​

Calgary 2026’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept


​​

ID: 66

ListCategory: Environment

Title:

ContentBlockTitle: Environmental sustainability​

HeadingLevel: H3

Subtitle:

ContentBlockSize: 1/3 and 2/3

Description: <p>The draft hosting plan proposes a number of ways to protect the environment, including:</p> <ul><li>Use energy and transportation for the Games that will not harm the environment </li> <li>Reuse, reduce and recycle as much as possible before, during and after the Games </li> <li>Plan a Games’ food program based on Alberta’s agriculture and cuisine </li> <li>Build Indigenous knowledge into ways to connect to and protect the land </li> <li>Protect the natural environment, wildlife habitat and routes when building or upgrading Games venues </li> <li>Transportation planning would promote a lower carbon footprint, including mass transit solutions, active transportation (biking, walking), and low or no emission bus and fleet vehicles where possible </li> <li>Grouping the proposed event venues, both existing and new, is strategic to help reduce travel times, costs, and the impact of vehicles on the environment </li> <li>A zero-waste goal that aims to send as little waste as possible to our landfills </li> <li>Utilizing local resources, including goods, equipment and materials, which also helps reduce travel distances</li></ul>

ButtonText:

ButtonLink:

LinkTarget: True

ContentBlockImage: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/PublishingImages/2026-Olympics/winter-bird.jpg, /CSPS/Recreation/PublishingImages/2026-Olympics/winter-bird.jpg

ContentBlockImageAlignment: Right

ContentBlockImagePosHor: Center

ContentBlockImagePosVert: Center

ContentBlockImageHeight: 100%

ShowOnline: True

Environmental sustainability​

The draft hosting plan proposes a number of ways to protect the environment, including:

  • Use energy and transportation for the Games that will not harm the environment 
  • Reuse, reduce and recycle as much as possible before, during and after the Games 
  • Plan a Games’ food program based on Alberta’s agriculture and cuisine 
  • Build Indigenous knowledge into ways to connect to and protect the land 
  • Protect the natural environment, wildlife habitat and routes when building or upgrading Games venues 
  • Transportation planning would promote a lower carbon footprint, including mass transit solutions, active transportation (biking, walking), and low or no emission bus and fleet vehicles where possible 
  • Grouping the proposed event venues, both existing and new, is strategic to help reduce travel times, costs, and the impact of vehicles on the environment 
  • A zero-waste goal that aims to send as little waste as possible to our landfills 
  • Utilizing local resources, including goods, equipment and materials, which also helps reduce travel distances

Potential benefits and risks of hosting the Games


​​
​​​​​​​​

Benefits

  • Venue locations take advantage of existing infrastructure, reducing the need to build additional,  Games-specific infrastructure
  • Put existing and new venues in four main areas to help reduce travel times, costs and the effect of vehicles on the environment
  • Requiring spectators and workforce to use public transit during the Games in The City of Calgary will lower the carbon footprint and support public health 
  • Utilizing and sourcing local and sustainable services, goods, equipment and materials, which reduces transportation distance and waste

Risks

  • Hosting an event of this size will have some impacts on the environment
  • The draft concept plan does not remove all the effects on the environment, but aims to reduce them
  • Potential that some actions planned to address environmental sustainability can’t be fully implemented
​​
​​​​​​​​​​​

Aligning with city priorities


​​
​​

The City is reviewing the draft hosting plan to see how well it fits with Citizen Priorities, Council Directives, City policies, strategies and long-term capital and financial plans.

The Council Directives directly linked to this topic

103

Environment

Two

Light

cicon-leaf

http://www.calgary.ca/cfod/finance/Pages/Action-Plan/Council-Priorities-Healthy-Green-City.aspx, /cfod/finance/Pages/Action-Plan/Council-Priorities-Healthy-Green-City.aspx

True

1

True

​​​
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learn how you can provide feedback​​​​​​​​