Sustainable Campus Landscapes
Our sustainable landscape practice promotes biodiversity health, human well-being and is responsive to climate change.
Responding to Climate Change
Our climate is changing with increasingly higher temperatures, and risks of drought and storm events. To enhance the resiliency of our campus to climate change, we are integrating nature-based solutions into new campus landscapes. New landscape designs manage storm water on campus through retention ponds and rain gardens through increasing soil depths to hold more water. We are choosing drought tolerant native grasses, shrubs and trees that will be more adaptative to climate change.
Enhancing Biodiversity and Soil Health
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 and habitat for birds and small wildlife.
Promote a Connection to the Land
UCalgary continues to build 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 strengthening our sense of community.