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Live Green
Consolation lakeThe Town of Banff strives to be a model environmentally sustainable community, and we pride ourselves on making sure that Canada’s first national park will stay pristine for generations to come.

Environment
Your guide to low-impact living, visiting and doing business in Banff National Park in an environmentally friendly way:

  • Getting Around Banff – Use sustainable modes of transportation to get around. The Town of Banff is a pretty small place (just 3.94 sq. kilometres) and you can get everywhere you need to go by bike, public transit, or by walking.
  • Recycling and Garbage – Not everything you throw out is garbage. You can recycle much of your household or business waste, and the town provides a number of ways to do that. Find out how you can help the environment, and save money. 
  • Grow Your Own Food – Apply for a plot in one of two community greenhouses in Banff. Applications are administered by the Banff Greenhouse Gardening Society.
  • Save Energy – Get tips on how to save on your energy bill or learn about how the town is using solar power.
  • Environmental Rebates & Incentives – Find out how you can apply for environmental rebates and incentives for your home or business.
  • Conserve Water – Follow some of these tips to help conserve water. You can also find out more about our drinking water, and why you should choose it over bottled water.
  • Green Municipal Buildings and Facilities – We've set the standard that all new municipal buildings meet or exceed Silver LEED certification. Learn more about our environmentally friendly buildings.
  • Site and Building Guidelines – The Town of Banff's Green Site and Building Guidelines helps builders and designers build environmentally friendly buildings.
  • Carbon Calculator – Plug in your information to conceptualize how your daily activities emit carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Environmental Stewardship – We value environmental stewardship as a community, and have a policy that reflects our commitment to the environment.
     
Highlights 
  • EV Charger in the Bear Street ParkadeBanff has the most EV chargers per capita in Alberta. Electric vehicles can be charged in the Bear Street Parkade or at two locations at the Banff Springs Hotel. There are also chargers at the Banff Park Lodge and Best Western Siding 29 that can be used by their patrons
  • Our townsite is dense and compact, surrounded by parkland. It's pedestrian and bicycle-friendly
  • Approximately 60% of waste is recycled or diverted from the landfill
  • We have an award-winning wastewater treatment plant and we're the first municipality in western Canada to install a source separated organics/biosolids recycling process
  • The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, completed in 2010, was awarded LEED Silver status