Grounds and Landscape

Maintaining physical assets and natural resources for an accessible, aesthetically pleasing and safe campus environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. 


Spirit of Walking Parallel Paths & Creating an Ethical Space

Building upon the University of Calgary’s 2016 Main Campus Long Range Development Plan, the 2020 Main Campus Landscape Plan (MCLP) was developed through an extensive consultation process with Indigenous and campus communities.


Campus Community Garden

Grow pesticide-free food and support sustainable food systems and healthy eating. Anyone can request a plot or join the Community Garden Club to begin harvesting the benefits of local eating. Plots are now available for the 2021 gardening season.

Bee Campus

Bee Campus

UCalgary is exploring academic, engagement, daily operational and administrative practices to make campus more pollinator-friendly. In February 2020, the university received a Bee Campus designation from Bee City Campus in February 2020. Through engaging community events, environmental stewardship initiatives and buzz-worthy research and online resources, UCalgary is raising awareness for the importance of enhancing our natural environments for bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators. 

Crowsnest Hall Landscape

Edible Plants at UCalgary

Edible plants and fruit trees located throughout campus are available for all campus community members to enjoy. 


Sustainable Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping elements integrated throughout our built and natural environments are designed to promote resiliency, biodiversity and environmental stewardship. 

Native and Adaptive Plant Species 

Bioswales, native prairie grasslands, adaptive plant species, edible gardens and stormwater ponds are a few types of sustainable landscaping features that can be found across Main Campus. These features help to make our campus more drought tolerant and flood resistant as well as offer enhanced pollinator habitats. 

Integrated Pest Management 

The university employs the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the management of grounds on all campus. IPM relies emphasizes prevention, knowledge of pest biology, and the use of least-disruptive control tactics, with pesticides saved as a last resort.

Erosion and Sedimentation Control 

Major construction projects that disturb significant quantities of soil are required to employ erosion and sedimentation control practices to minimize the loss of ecologically valuable soils and protect downstream infrastructure and water bodies from the impacts of construction.