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Submitted by alumni on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 22:42.

Unite Community

From Calgary’s new initiatives on health and wellness to bridging international research.

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand and David DownNancy Pollock-Ellwand and David Down

Calgary is the best large city to live in Canada says MoneySense magazine; the fifth most livable city in the world (the Economist Intelligence Unit); and, for five years in a row, one of the top three cleanest cities in the world (Mercer Global).

Rankings like this point to our strong economy, walkable neighbourhoods, world-class sports facilities, and our amazing backyard playground, the Rocky Mountains.

But the fact that Calgary is a great place to live is more than just a quirk of geography. The level of collaboration among our community leaders, urban planners and academics is the envy of other jurisdictions.

This year is a perfect example. There are a number of exciting innovations underway to improve the health and wellness of our communities. And it’s no surprise that University of Calgary alumni are at the centre of each.

What follows is a snapshot of three projects that are keeping Calgary at the forefront of healthy cities worldwide.

Story by Beth Frank/Photos by Riley Brandt