Saskatoon is a thriving prairie city built around the South Saskatchewan River. The city is home to a vast urban forest, kilometers of riverbank trails and an abundance of wildlife.
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. Our Environment is a tool to help us do this by providing the most recent information on 16 areas related to our land, air, water and waste.
Our Environment: The City of Saskatoon’s 2014 Environmental Leadership Report was the first report of its kind and established a baseline of information indicating the health of our environment and what the City of Saskatoon is doing to maintain and improve it. This webpage provides the most recent information on 16 indicators currently tracked by the City related to our land, air, water and waste. The next full report is anticipated in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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 recieves through its collection and disposal services.