Jill Curley P.Biol.
DirectorCity of Calgary
Jill is an Environmental Specialist with the Climate Team at The City of Calgary. Jill graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Environmental Science, Biology Concentration in 2008. She has a background in environmental assessment, regulatory approvals and project management from the environmental consulting industry. Over the past few years she had the opportunity to develop and direct the stormwater program at the City of Airdrie, where she worked closely with Water Services operations, Engineering, and the Planning departments to guide stormwater management. She was involved in regional collaboration on the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership during the update of the Nose Creek Watershed Water Management Plan. She recently joined the City of Calgary Climate Team, where a key goal, as directed in the Climate Resilience Strategy (2018), is to champion the use of natural infrastructure for municipal service provision.
Jill sees opportunities for incremental shifts in development patterns and landscaping techniques that--when implemented across the board--can improve stormwater management and, therefore, environmental health and human well-being. From her perspective, stormwater management is a cross-departmental, inter-jurisdictional concern that requires detailed, site-specific focus, as well as a broad understanding of the landscape level challenges and opportunities. Through building public awareness around “what is stormwater, and why do I care”, to effective design, construction, operations and maintenance of stormwater management systems, there are ample opportunities for improvement.