Spirit of Walking Parallel Paths & Creating an Ethical Space
Building upon the University of Calgary’s 2016 Main Campus Long Range Development Plan, the 2020 Main Campus Landscape Plan (MCLP) was developed through an extensive consultation process with Indigenous and campus communities.
Sustainable landscaping elements integrated throughout our built and natural environments are designed to promote climate resiliency, biodiversity and environmental stewardship.
Create Landscape Resilience Against Changes in Climate
To enhance resiliency of our campus against climate change, the landscape has integrated features to reduce vulnerability to extreme weather such as flooding, drought, high winds and temperature change. This includes stormwater ponds with increased soil depth and water-based plant species, allowing significant absorption of rainwater in high precipitation events to reduce flooding impacts, and drought tolerant native plant species that sequester increased amounts of carbon.
Reduce Water Consumption through Rainwater Use
Rainwater cisterns and greywater reuse throughout campus buildings has reduced indoor and outdoor potable water consumption, significantly reducing the burden on the Bow River watershed.
Build a Landscape which Enhances Biodiversity
Our campus has native and adaptive plant species, edible gardens, and other plant life which promotes biodiversity health throughout the landscape. These features not only provide an enhanced pollinator environment, but a habitat for many species of wildlife.
Promote a Connection to the Land
UCalgary has continued to develop an understanding of our relationship by building deeper connections to the land through shared principals which promote an ethical and safe landscape, indigenous knowledge and understanding, as well as education, inclusivity and respect. Our campus was developed to welcome all and create a cohesive and inspiring landscape which strengthens our sense of community.
Campus Community Garden
Grow pesticide-free food and support sustainable food systems and healthy eating. Anyone can request a plot or join the Community Garden Club to begin harvesting the benefits of local eating. Plots are now available for the 2021 gardening season.
UCalgary is exploring academic, engagement, daily operational and administrative practices to make campus more pollinator-friendly. In February 2020, the university received a Bee Campus designation from Bee City Campus in February 2020. Through engaging community events, environmental stewardship initiatives and buzz-worthy research and online resources, UCalgary is raising awareness for the importance of enhancing our natural environments for bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators.