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Office of Sustainability

The City of Calgary's Office of Sustainability team has the mandate to embed sustainability within the corporation and accelerate community engagement around sustainability through the imagineCALGARY Partnership and other networks.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The 2020 Sustainability
Direction Annual Report

The first annual report is now available outlining The City’s progress towards the goals, objectives and targets for 2020.


In March of 2010, The Administrative Leadership Team directed the Office of Sustainability to develop a 10-year strategic direction toward sustainability. The 2020 Sustainability Direction identifies where the organization would like to be in 10 years and how it is going to get there just as the business planning process identifies where our organization would like to be in three years and how it is going to get there. The Administrative Leadership Team also directed that the 2020 Sustainability Direction would form the core direction for developing the 2012-2014 business plans and budget.


This strategic direction includes thoughtful input from all areas in The City that will move us forward. By building a shared commitment amongst City departments in achieving these results, Administration will be able to provide Council with the best information to make the best decisions. The Direction will help to ensure:

  • That we consider the whole, connected picture of how our city works together – buses and cars with commerce and people, water and rivers with recreation and industry;
  • That short term decisions are linked with long term outcomes; and
  • That we strive toward resiliency in maintaining our line of sight through boom and bust cycles.

The City of Calgary is committed to sustainability through its own operations and planning and through its policymaking and regulatory functions. In order for The City to continue to address both global and local challenges, sustainability must build on The City’s existing efforts and continued innovation.  

​The 2020 Sustainability Direction
The 2020 Sustainability Direction is The City of Calgary's 10-year strategic sustainability plan that identifies what must happen at The City over the next 10 years to contribute towards the imagineCALGARY 100-year vision.

Calgarians responded to the challenge of sustainability and created the imagineCALGARY Long Range Urban Sustainability Plan. imagineCALGARY is the community's 100 year vision for sustainability.

Calgary Food System Assessment & Action Plan
Across Calgary and the region, citizens are aware that food is a key part of our daily lives and plays an important role in promoting health, building communities, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy.

What does sustainability mean at the City of Calgary?

Sustainability is about making our community a better place for current and future generations. In 2004 City Council approved the Brundtland definition of sustainability: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


This translates into striving for community well-being, a sustainable environment, a prosperous economy and smart growth and mobility choices. This is achieved by having a balanced financial capacity and creating a sustainable corporation that will drive toward this vision and provide the services Calgarians need today and in the future.


In plain language, it is about ‘building a great city for everyone, forever'.