In order to maintain the integrity of our planet and our communities, the Calgary Stampede has formulated goals that will uphold community values and standards. Recycling practices, energy efficiency technology, green products, and water safeguarding measures are just a few of the efforts in place on Stampede Park.
The Calgary Stampede is maintaining its three principles of environmental safety:
- Comply with all applicable regulations;
- Continually seek improvement;
- Minimize how our operations negatively impact the environment.
Year-round initiatives include:
- A bulb eater that crushes fluorescent tubes and separates the mercury and phosphorous vapors.
- The environmental management system registered to ISO 14001. ISO: 14001 is an international standard for an environmental management system which was implemented to mitigate or eliminate any negative impact to the environment through our activities, products and services. It also ensures we are compliant to all applicable environmental laws; we strive to continually improve and prevent pollution.
- Twenty on-demand hot water heaters on Park.
- Twenty waterless urinals on the Park.
- A no idling policy for vehicles.
- Approximately 3,000 trees saved annually by recycling cardboard and paper in the years 2012-2013.
- Approximately 1,250 trees—a number of which are heritage trees—and 6,515 shrubs contribute to a healthy ecosystem on the Park.
- Fleet right-sizing ensures the most efficient vehicle is used for the task; and the use of bio-diesel.
- Annual Riverbank Cleanup Event for all the employees and volunteers.
- Environment Education programs for the kids through Stampede School.
- Very unique refrigerant recycling process for our air conditioning and refrigeration units.
- Park-wide Yellow Fish Program: all storm water drains that directly empty into the river are identified with a yellow fish marker. The yellow fish serve as a warning to be watchful of our actions.
- Park-wide Orange Dot Program, part of our Asbestos Management Plan.
- Installation of Bat Houses as an eco-friendly mosquito controlling system: bat houses create a natural ecosystem for bats, which eventually feed on mosquitos and other insects and thus control their populations. By doing this, we do not rely on chemical spraying techniques.
10-day Stampede initiatives include:
- High efficiency lighting which uses less power and provides more light throughout the Park.
- On average, 641,265 beverage containers recycled from the Park in 2013.
- More than 42.1 metric tonnes of cardboard and recyclables collected in 2013.
- Approximately 8.84 metric tonnes of used cooking oil and grease collected and recycled for use as bio-fuels.
- Lights on the Midway are not turned on until dusk to cut power consumption. Programmable systems used to monitor and control energy consumption.
- Big Belly Solar powered trash compactors on prime locations of the park.
- Use of golf carts and Stampede’s first electric truck
Future plans include extensive revitalization to the Elbow River park area as well as designing and retrofitting new and existing buildings for energy efficiency. The Stampede’s focus is to reduce the Park’s carbon footprint through technology and the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle.
Do It Green works with Calgary Stampede.