Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Calgary Ranked World’s No. 1 Eco-City

Here is an interview with Dave Day, The City's Director of Environmental & Safety Management.

Calgary takes the top spot as the world’s best eco-city, according to the Mercer 2010 Quality of Living Survey.

The new eco-city ranking identifies cities with the best eco-ranking based on water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion.

“Calgarians can be justifiably proud that the world recognizes the quality of Calgary’s water and waste management systems,” says Dave Day, The City's Director of Environmental & Safety Management.

“At the same time, we must not rest on our laurels in pursuing equally challenging environmental goals, including realizing Council’s expectations for waste management and air quality.”

The report shows that standards of sustainability is essential for city living and forms a very important part of its inhabitants’ quality of living.

The City of Calgary has well-established sustainability goals for Calgary’s land, air and water, and the recent opening of The Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre recognizes another significant commitment to protect public health, and the environment.

Mr. Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer, said: “A high-ranking eco-city optimises its use of renewable energy sources and generates the lowest possible quantity of pollution (air, water, noise, etc). A city’s eco-status or attitude toward sustainability can have significant impact on the quality of living of its inhabitants.”

Calgary is at the top of the eco-city index (score 145.7), followed by Honolulu in second place (score 145.1) and Ottawa and Helsinki in joint third (score 139.9). The index uses New York City as a base, with a score of 100. The worldwide rankings are produced annually from the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, conducted by Mercer. Mercer’s database of cities contains more than 400 cities.

According to its website, Mercer is a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing and investment services. Mercer works with clients to solve their most complex benefit and human capital issues, designing and helping manage health, retirement and other benefits.

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