Nurturing a Model Environmental Community

Leading Conservation - Nurturing a Model Environmental Community

The Town of Banff delivers leading-edge environmental initiatives that inspire, inform and enable both residents and visitors to enjoy our national park community while preserving and enhancing the quality of the natural environment for all time. We dedicate financial and human resources, and our knowledge and pursuit of best practices to reflect our environmental commitment in day-to-day operations and our planning.

Relevant directional plans:

The Town of Banff strives to be a global environmental leader and model of sustainable tourism. Our policies, programs, and practices demonstrate our commitment to exemplary environmental stewardship. We actively seek to learn from and share with communities from around the world.

Direction from 2008 to 2018 Banff Community Plan

  • Be a model for environmental management, sustainable development and tourism.
  • Minimize energy and water consumption across the community.
  • Provide a transportation system that encourages and complements pedestrian movement and cycling, and is environmentally sustainable.

Key Partners Include

  • Parks Canada, as steward of our protected environment
  • Provincial departments responsible for regulatory standards and oversight
  • Organizations, agencies, and resources such as Bow Valley Naturalists, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association.
  • Our neighbouring municipalities, who partner in key initiatives such as the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, Roam Public Transit and the Bow Valley Regional Transit Commission, and Human-Wildlife Coexistence
  • Banff businesses active in recycling, water conservation and energy reduction programs
  • Individual residents, whose interest in and compliance with environmental programs make them successful

Environment Strategies

  • Develop and implement the new 10-year Environmental Master Plan with specific actions in six focus areas:
    • Ecosystems
    • Waste
    • Energy
    • Sustainable Transportation
    • Air
    • Water
  • In this four-year Strategic Plan, the focus area of Sustainable Transportation is addressed in the Moving Ahead section of this plan. The focus areas of Air and Water are being advanced in the 10-year Environmental Master Plan, and strategies will be developed to implement in the subsequent four-year Strategic Plan.

Initiate new strategies in 2018 to 2022 focused on:

  • Ecosystems: Implement municipal actions, policies and public education to preserve and minimize impact on the diversity and health of Banff's natural system, including wildlife, fauna, and ecological systems.
  • Energy: Implement municipal actions, policies and public education to effect more responsible and efficient energy use in Banff. The Town will pursue means to derive energy primarily from renewable sources.
  • Waste: Implement municipal actions, policies and public education to prevent the creation of waste, whenever possible, and ensure waste that is produced is primarily diverted from landfill through recycling, composting, and other value-add uses.

Environment Targets by 2022:

  • Environmental programs underway in 2018 continue to improve, as measured by waste diversion, effluent quality, water use reduction and uptake on environmental grants.
  • Implementation of new environmental initiatives underway in new 10-year Environment Master Plan (in six focus areas: Air, Ecosystems, Energy, Sustainable Transportation, Waste, and Water).

Ecosystems:

  • Zero human-wildlife (large-animal) conflict incidents in the townsite.
  • Zero large-animal wildlife relocations or destruction due to appearance in the townsite.
  • Establishment of a plan by 2022 to identify 10 green infrastructure developments that protect and enhance local ecosystems and ecosystem processes are implemented in Banff by 2028.

Energy:

  • A community-wide (Town of Banff and community) greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions inventory and plan are in place, and 2022 indicators show progress on track towards reducing GHG emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, and 80% by 2050.
    A road map plan is completed, and projects initiated to achieve community 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Waste:

  • Actions are underway and 2022 indicators show progress on-track towards achieving:
  • 70% community-wide waste diversion by 2028
  • 90% community-wide waste diversion by 2045
  • Zero waste sent to landfill by 2050

Tactics