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Ecological Footprint

  Status: Needs improvement

The Ecological Footprint is a sustainability accounting tool that measures the environmental impact of human consumption. More specifically, the ecological footprint accounts for our population's consumption of food, transportation, housing, goods and services, and government services and expresses the findings in terms of the land area needed to support that level of consumption.

The Ecological Footprint is a success indicator in the City’s Strategic Plan, and part of a larger indicator framework to track and measure progress towards sustainability and quality of life objectives.

Where are we now?

In 2014, Saskatoon’s Ecological Footprint was 78 times larger than the city’s total land area. The average ecological footprint per resident was 7.38 global hectares, which is 5% higher than Canada's 2010 national average of 7.01 global hectares per capita.


Source: City of Saskatoon Ecological Footprint Report 2014, prepared for the City of Saskatoon by Anielski Management Inc., December 2015.

What are we doing?

Strategic Plan

The City of Saskatoon has environmental, economic, social and cultural objectives and is tracking progress towards targets.

Continuous Improvement

The City is committed to growing in sustainable ways while improving services and increasing savings. The latest achievements are published in Saskatoon Strides 2016: Our Report on Service, Savings and Sustainability.

Environmental Policy

The City updated its Environmental Policy in 2015. All City employees and contractors are encouraged and expected to be environmentally responsible. As well, the City has the responsibility to facilitate the community at large, moving towards sustainability through providing programs and services.

Supporting Community Action

The City has led and partnered on a number of programs to encourage environmental action in the community, including: The Environmental Cash Grant, Student Action for a Sustainable Future, Green Stem, and the Living Green Expo.

What can you do?

Get involved in your city’s future by joining a board or committee, sharing your ideas on Shaping Saskatoon, or participating in your neighbourhood Community Association.

Choose products and services that are local, eco-certified or fair trade to reduce your own ecological footprint.

Help green your school or workplace by starting a green team that finds ways to improve environmental performance and save money.

Did You Know?

One-half of Saskatoon's Ecological Footprint is from the consumption of good and services (27%) and government services (23%).