Our Environment - Performance Indicators
Our Environment: The City of Saskatoon’s 2014 Environmental Leadership Report established a baseline of information indicating the health of our environment and what the City of Saskatoon is doing to maintain and improve it. The online version of the report provides the most recent information on 16 indicators related to the categories of Land, Air, Water and Waste. Maintaining a high quality of life where the citizens of Saskatoon can live and grow in harmony with nature requires us to work together and invest in what matters.
But what does matter to the community? What are the environmental attitudes and behaviours, perceived barriers to taking environmental actions, and perceptions of the local government's environmental performance? The City required a better understanding of these aspects, and recently completed surveys with both the residential and Institutional, Commercial and Industrial (ICI) sectors to help answer these important questions. Results of the surveys are available in the following reports:
The ways we interact with the land can have profound impacts on the health of our environment. These interactions include city-wide choices, such as how our community grows, where we build and how we protect the natural environment and choices we make in our neighbourhoods and homes, such as how we use and take care for our yards, parks and green spaces.
Land indicators include: Ecological Footprint, New Development Investment, Protected Lands, Bird Population Count and Community Gardens.
Canadians are among the top energy users in the world. Per capita we use more than two times more energy than Europeans and six times more than the world average. While energy use is important to our prosperity from electricity to heating to transportation, the type and amount of energy we are currently using can affect local air quality and contribute to global climate change.
Air indicators include: Corporate GHG Emissions, Community GHG Emissions, Transportation Choices, Air Quality and Corporate (local government) Alternative Energy Projects.
Saskatoon is fortunate to be situated on the South Saskatchewan River. The river provides an abundant source of fresh water that starts in the Bow and Oldman rivers in Alberta. Saskatoon is the largest city on the South Saskatchewan River, so how we use and treat water, as well as manage storm water and protect our wetlands, will have an impact locally on our water as well as that of our downstream neighbours.
Water indicators include: Water Quality, Water Consumption and Maximum Daily Demand for Water.
The amount of stuff we buy and use is linked to the amount of waste we generate. Items that we use everyday, from groceries to the latest electronics have improved our quality of life; however they have also increased and changed the type of waste the City receives through its collection and disposal services.
Waste indicators include: Landfilled Waste, Waste Diversion, and Total Waste Disposal and Diversion.