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Environmental Policy

About the policy

The City of Calgary is dedicated to protecting our land, air and water for future generations. We are meeting that commitment by:

  • Complying with legislation,
  • Conserving our natural resources and,
  • Investing in new ways to minimize our environmental impact.

Building a healthy and green city requires everyone’s participation – from government and businesses to communities and individual citizens. That’s why we are leading by example. In our own operations, we are:

  • Changing City fixtures like streetlights to LED, which draw less power;
  • Training our employees on how to avoid wasting fuel when driving;
  • Using smaller, lighter vehicles were we can;
  • Testing hybrid and electric vehicles within our heavy fleet; and
  • Purchasing products and services that have a reduced impact on the environment.

Protecting the environment requires all of us to do our part. Collectively, the individual actions of over 17,000 City employees can add up to make a big difference. City of Calgary employees are expected to know the environmental impacts of their job and make environmentally conscious choices

By working together to follow our Environmental policy, we will continue to set an example for local businesses, communities and citizens to follow.


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Case study

I buy a coffee on my way to work every morning. When I get to work, I’m not sure if I can recycle my cup or lid. I decide to throw both in the trash.

What is expected of a City of Calgary employee? Please explain.

  • Every City employee is expected to make environmentally conscious choices to protect our land, air and water. Collectively, our actions add up to make a big difference.
  • Take simple steps to reduce your waste by remembering to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Reduce and Reuse:  Most paper coffee cups have a waxy liner and cannot be recycled. Give up the paper cup and bring a reusable mug to work instead. If every City employee gave up the paper cup we could keep 1.3 million cups from entering our landfills.
  • Recycle:  Pay attention to the signs on City recycling and compost bins to find out what goes where. Plastic products with a numbered recycling symbol can be recycled. This includes most coffee cup lids. Rinse dirty items first to avoid contamination.

Policy resources

  1. Download: Environmental Policy (PDF)
  2. Download: Environmental Policy Tip Sheet (PDF)
  3. Learn other ways to protect the environment at work. If you have City network access, visit myCity/environment.
  4. Visit The City of Calgary energy saving actions website

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