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Community based monitoring is a process whereby concerned citizens, government agencies, industry, academia, community groups and local institutions collaborate to monitor, track, and respond to issues of common community concern. The Biosphere Institute has worked closely with the Towns of Banff and Canmore, developing indicators and monitoring frameworks.
Canmore Community Monitoring Program
The Canmore Community Monitoring Program produces a bi-annual report detailing demographic, social, economic, and environmental trends and conditions in the community. This program grew out of the recommendations of the 1995 Growth Management Strategy Report.
The Canmore Community Monitoring Program (CCMP) was established to monitor and evaluate trends developing in the community. It was designed to assist with municipal and community decision-making; serve as part of an early detection system that assists in identifying risk areas that threaten the health of the community; and present a snapshot of the community’s progress towards its vision (the Vision of Canmore, 2015).
The 2003 Report received an Honorable Mention in the Innovation Category for the Minister’s Award for Municipal Excellence (2004) from Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Download this report from the Town of Canmore website:
- 2010 Canmore Community Monitoring Report
- 2010 Snapshot of Trends from the Community Monitoring Report
- 2008 Canmore Community Monitoring Report
- 2006 Canmore Community Monitoring Report
- 2003 Canmore Community Monitoring Report
- 2003 Appendix
Town of Banff 2004 Community Indicators Report
The Community Indicators Report provides a process for the on-going measurement and assessment of the social, economic, and environmental health of the Town of Banff. The Biosphere Institute worked with the Town of Banff, local agencies, and citizens to develop the 2004 Community Indicators Report. This report provides the community, local organizations, and the municipal government with an objective tool to identify trends and assist in decision-making, budgeting and programming.
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Town of Banff Community Social Assessment
The Community Social Assessment aims to create a comprehensive picture of current social well-being and vitality in Banff. The 2006 report was compiled with the most recent data available for the period from 2001-2005. An update of key components of the 2006 report was compiled in 2008.
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Want to help protect wildlife in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis? The Biosphere Institute seeks volunteers to help remove litter and invasive non-native plants from natural areas. All needed equipment is supplied. To be part of a rewarding outdoor restoration project, please join us.
Recommended Plant Species for Landscaping in Banff National Park (Revised March 2011)
Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products - Recipies and workshops available!
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Build a Greener Business Powerpoint presentation.
'Greening' Your Young Family Powerpoint presentation.