Welcome to the Green Communities Guide

The Green Communities Guide is an essential tool to help communities plan and implement nature-based solutions and strategies to conserve water, protect water quality, preserve agricultural land, and protect critical open spaces and wildlife habitat.

The Forgotten Solution

Why Green Communities? Because nature is one of the most effective ways of combating climate change and nature-based climate solutions - actions that are in harmony with nature that incorporate nature conservation and support biodiversity protection - can provide cost-effective approaches to mitigate climate change.

A Complete Online Resource

Designed for use by municipal planners, developers, community groups and more, this living resource highlights innovative, nature-based approaches communities are taking to managing development with respect to its impacts on our natural systems. This Guide features innovative approaches to sustainable development including riparian management, xeriscaping, naturalization, storm water wetlands, brownfield reclamation, permaculture and much more, and includes recommended practices and project considerations as well as the business, nature and community-side of each nature-based solution.

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The Stewardship Directory

A valuable companion resource to the Green Communities Guide, this online directory helps connect community stewardship groups, organizations, businesses and governments to share their experiences and lessons learned in stewardship and natural resource management.

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Town of Blackfalds Sets Goals for Environmental Stewardship

City of Lethbridge working with UofL on urban naturalization

The City of Lethbridge is working with the Applied Studies Program at University of Lethbridge to naturalize three urban areas. By removing turf and seeding native grasses, this example of a nature-based…

University of Alberta graduate student helps Stony Plain plan for sustainability

U of A graduate student Nicklas Baran was hired by Stony Plain to help the municipality plan for sustainable growth. An environmental master plan and an environmental stewardship strategy were well-received…

CREB: New Green Communities Guide highlights benefits of nature-based solutions for municipalities, developers and homeowners

In August, the Calgary Real Estate Board interviewed Green Communities Coordinator, Milena McWatt, who shared how, in its new format, the Guide helps municipalities, developers and real estate professionals…

Calgary pilot project aims to save money while boosting biodiversity

CBC News Calgary reports that the City of Calgary is testing a pilot project it hopes will not only cut down on mowing costs but also boost native species of plants and pollinators. Read the article....

Edmonton Shifts to Naturalization of Stormwater Management Parkland

Today, the Edmonton Journal reported the city is permanently naturalizing 150 of the total 238 hectares of stormwater land this year in an effort to restore habitats for native species and preserve the…