How Canada Performs is a multi-year research program at the Conference Board of Canada.
The website provides a "report card" on Canada, which helps to assess the country's quality of life in comparison to its peer countries.
In a recent ranking, Canada came in 15th, only ahead of Australia and the United States, for environmental performance.
The top three performers are France, Norway and Sweden.
Research shows that Canada throws away more garbage per capita than any other country in the developed world. Heavy water and energy usage also contributed to the "C" grade that was given.
"Our large land mass, cold climate and resource-intensive economy make us less likely to rank highly on some indicators of environmental sustainability, but many of our poor results are based on our inefficient use of our resources," Len Coad, Director of Energy, Environment and Technology Policy said in a press release Thursday. "Canada must promote economic growth without further degrading the environment. Encouraging more sustainable consumption is crucial to achieve that objective."
Experts say over consumption is one of the biggest factors for Canada's dismal results.
Canada has shown some excellent environmental progression however, with improved air quality, an increase in growth of forest resources and reduced energy intensity per person.
The How Canada Performs website also presents data and analysis on Canada's performance in economy, innovation, education and skills, health, and society.