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Live Green

Consolation lakeThe Town of Banff strives to be a model community in low-impact living, and we pride ourselves on making sure that Canada’s first national park will stay pristine for generations to come.

Highlights 

  • Our townsite is dense and compact, surrounded by parkland. It's pedestrian and bicycle-friendly 
  • Approximately 60 per cent of waste is recycled or diverted from landfill 
  • An award-winning wastewater treatment plant and the first municipality in western Canada to install a source separated organics/biosolids recycling process
  • The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, completed in 2010, designed and awarded LEED Silver

Your guide to low-impact living, visiting and doing business in Banff National Park:

  • Green Living – Learn about Building Incentives & Rebates available to residents or how to divert as much waste as possible from landfill
  • Green Visit – Don't have to drive? Then walk! Park your car and use active modes of transportation to get around town during your visit. Also, consider bringing a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water while you're here (our tap water is some of the best around) 
  • Green Business – Find out how commercial operations should dispose of waste properly and learn how to reduce the cost of commercial waste pickup fees. There are also Green Rebates & Incentives businesses can take advantage of in the Town of Banff
  • Green Town – We want to be an environmental role model for communities around the world. Some of the ways we accomplish this is through Building Green, our Environmental Stewardship policy and our Water & Energy use (including the use of solar panels on Town Hall to reduce greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Green Rebates & Incentives – Find out about incentives for residents & businesses
  • Carbon Calculator – Plug in your information to conceptualize how your daily activities emit carbon dioxide (CO2)