Calgarians have something new to be proud of.
Cowtown has been named the cleanest city in the world by listtoptens.com.
Calgary beat out the likes of Adelaide, Australia, Honolulu and Minneapolis. No other Canadian cities made the list of 10 on the website.
Listtoptens.com described Calgary as “a remarkable city” that is situated between the Canadian Rockies and Prairies, which the site called “the savannah of Canada.”
The news came as a bit of a shock to some Calgary residents.
“I didn’t expect that at all,” stated Barret Wilson, a New Media Production and Design student at SAIT, who hails from Douglasdale in southeast Calgary.
“That’s pretty sick,” exclaimed Wilson.
“I’ve lived here my entire life and even though Calgary is a beautiful place, I didn’t expect it to be ranked the cleanest in the world for sure,” said Corrina Kesler, an accountant.
According to an article in the online news site Huffington Post, the title comes as surprising for other reasons.
The article explains that Calgary is, “both geographically and economically, at the centre of the country’s oil and gas industry, and Alberta’s industrial facilities are responsible for 48 per cent of Canada’s annual industrial greenhouse gas emissions.”
The article adds that Calgary has made great strides to stay clean, thanks to organizations such as the Too Good To Waste program and Green Calgary.
The city has various beautiful sights to see, from Canada Olympic Park to the Bow River valley.
“I enjoy watching the (Bow) river from my balcony,” said Ronald Frost, a manager at Rona who lives in the newly established condos in Quarry Park, in southeast.
“It’s amazing how even after the flood, Calgary can be named the cleanest, and its rivers have recovered quite nicely.”
While Calgarians can be proud of Calgary’s new honour, more can be done to keep things clean.
I’ve lived here my entire life and even though Calgary is a beautiful place, I didn’t expect it to be ranked the cleanest in the world for sure -Corrina Kesler
“I think, while Calgary may be rated cleanest, there’s still a lot we can do to clean up the more major avenues and streets,” explained Wilson.
“Macleod Trail, for example, can be very dirty, especially near downtown. I think the rivers should be a top priority due to the recent floods. You’d think they’re filled with debris,” he said.