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Democratizing nature for a smart, healthy city

Equitable and resilient urban ecosystems lay at the foundation of a prosperous and smart city. Our program aims to use a spatial model to analyze Calgary’s neighbourhoods for equitable access to nature. Calgarians will be able to designate underserviced areas in their communities for ecosystem enhancement.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Epidemiological studies indicate an association between green spaces and various physical and psychological health outcomes. By developing a systematic approach to protecting, developing and managing our urban ecosystem, we will create opportunities for Calgarians to benefit from the free services described in the health literature such as stress reduction; immune system regulation; cardiovascular health, etc.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

100% of Calgarians will be within 400 metres of a meaningful nature experience. The City will have robust biodiversity models and datasets to support future ecosystem and development planning decisions.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Alberta health statistics and geospatial analyses will inform neighbourhood-level opportunity areas to reconnect Calgarians to nature. Communities will work with The City to implement, document and highlight biodiversity and nature enhancements within their neighbourhoods using apps supported by online datasets.

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