Rainwater for Resilience Community Hub Demonstration Program

Thank you to all who applied to be part of this community project. Projects in Calgary are now constructed, and one project will be built in Edmonton in 2023. Look for engagement opportunities in 2023 and beyond.

Volunteers to assist with establishment weeding and maintenance are sought in the Thorncliffe-Greenview community. Please contact the office for more information.

Locations of the projects will be shared in 2023.

When it comes to resilience, the typical lawn isn’t very impressive. But what is? 

Shallow-rooted turf that is dependent on chemicals, watered with drinking water, and mown on a regular basis is accepted practice, but has a host of downsides.

The Community Hub program is geared to demonstrating resilient landscaping options and educating residents about them, while improving the public gathering places where the hubs are built

Whether the future is wetter or drier, colder or warmer, our landscaping choices can be adjusted to contribute in a significant way to the resilience of our cities.

From deep-rooted and native plants that don’t need extra water or chemicals, to rain gardens that attenuate flooding and drought--with an eye on low-maintenance techniques, we can re-imagine our towns and cities to have landscapes that provide numerous ecological goods and services.

Supporting pollinators, cooling and cleansing runoff, improving air quality, providing habitat and habitat corridors, and greening for human well-being--these are just some of the additional benefits our landscapes can deliver.

This program is a project of the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership, funded by the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program of Alberta Environment and Protected Areas