City of Calgary
Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, Canada, participated in one of the first Ecological Footprint studies at the municipal level, in collaboration with Global Footprint Network, and became the first city to develop concrete Ecological Footprint reduction targets. The analysis found that if everyone in the world had the same Ecological Footprint as the average Calgary resident, we would need five Earths to maintain that level of resource consumption. As a result, reducing Calgary’s Ecological Footprint was selected as one of 114 targets that were set as part of imagineCALGARY, the City of Calgary’s 100-year sustainability vision. To date, Calgary also has applied Ecological Footprint analysis to the development of 14 land-use plans, including a proposed downtown redevelopment plan, which compared four development scenarios. Learn more on our Calgary case story page.