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Alberta Green Condo Guide: Saving money and helping the environment

he Green Condo Guide for Alberta outlines how to capitalize on energy saving opportunities in common areas of a condominium, including centralized heating, cooling and ventilation systems and lighting. Reducing a building’s energy bills is a huge opportunity to save money and reduce a building’s impact on the environment.   In fact, at least 40 per cent […]

March 2015 Community Investment

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation approved $410,000 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on March 6th, 2014. These 7 projects include: Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Efficiency Programming for Alberta’s Buildings Calgary Arts Development SpaceFinder Alberta CREB Charitable Foundation Pineridge Project Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development The Alberta Landowner’s Guide to Oil and […]

Foundation welcomes Jim Saunders to the Board of Governors

The Foundation would like to formally announce that Jim Saunders has joined the Board of Governors. Jim’s reputation and work is well known in Southern Alberta and he will be a key asset in helping the Foundation reach new corners of the Province. Jim was appointed by the Alberta Real Estate Association in February of this […]

What Lies Beneath? Buyer beware

What Lies Beneath? Access to Environmental Information in Alberta provides practical information-finding tips, outlines environmental concerns you may want to think about and describes where to get started to find the information you need to make the best choices when buying property in Alberta.

2014 Annual Report for the Foundation

The Alberta Real Estate foundation just released it’s 2014 Annual report. You view and download the report by visiting this link. Highlights of the report include: – Over 493 Grants funded since 1991. – Over $15,650,000 in funding since 1991. – Overview of partnership with Alberta Emerald Foundation. – Review of projects including: Community Energy […]

From Street to Stream – Calgary Feb. 10, 2015

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish) and the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership Society (ALIDP) invite you to attend our From Street to Stream ½-day workshop. This collaborative project will weave together the story of cause-and-effect between land development and real-estate features and actions at the lot and neighbourhood level through to […]

Stewarding Lac La Biche, by Living Lakes Canada

Lac La Biche is the seventh largest lake in Alberta, with importance to the local economy and culture. Local and provincial government, in collaboration with lake stakeholders, created a watershed management plan for Lac La Biche in 2009, but little has been done to date to implement it.

CURB Magazine: Boomtown Edition

Boomtowns – a familiar concept for Alberta. Rapid growth, while providing economic opportunities for communities, also comes with challenges of sustainability and quality of life.

2013 Annual Report now available

The Foundation has just released its 2013 Annual Report and Audited Financials.
Highlights include stories of our grantees and projects we have funded, as well as key events and milestones made by the Foundation.

UNDERSTANDING SOLAR ENERGY IN ALBERTA

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation has recently partnered with The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, The City of Edmonton and The City of Grande Prairie to advance the understanding of solar electric systems in Alberta. Through a $38,000 contribution the AREF made possible construction of a solar photovoltaic test bed atop Grande Prairie city hall. This test bed will operate in tandem with a City of Edmonton sponsored system installed at NAIT’s main campus.

Gary Willson becomes Chair for Foundation

As of January 1st 2014, Gary Willson will take the reins from Jay Freeman to become the Alberta Real Estate Foundation’s 12th Chair of the Board of Governors. Gary will serve a two year term as Chair of the Board. His experience in planning, industry and community and stakeholder engagement will bring much value and new ideas to the Foundation.

Conservation Caravan film now online

The Conservation Caravan highlights the “real life” on the prairie as it pertains to stewardship in ranching. Not often do urban consumers think about how grazers can be used as a tool to enhance biodiversity, maintain landscape health, care for wildlife, and help support a functioning prairie ecosystem.

Placemaking Issue by CURB Magazine

Placemaking has become a popular term in policy circles for making a city, region or community more inviting for residents and investment, both existing and prospective. In growing economies such as Alberta, placemaking can help balance growth pressures with liveability, in addition to attracting new talent.

FOUNDATION SEEKS NEW PUBLIC BOARD MEMBER

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Public Appointment (Special Skills). According to the Ministerial Regulations, the Foundation is seeking one person, who is not in the industry, who is appointed by the current members of the board then in office and who, in the opinion of those members, possesses special skills or experience to assist the board in carrying out the Foundation’s purposes.

Fall Funding from the Foundation

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation recently approved $159,300 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on September 27, 2013. Bringing our annual total to $622,300 for 21 projects.

After the Flood – A Resource for Landlords and Tenants

The Centre for Public Legal Education just put together this resource for landlords and tenants who have been devastated by the floods in Alberta. You can click the picture below to read the info sheet, and you can click here to listen to an audio Q & A version.

Foundation Announces Spring 2013 Community Investment

The Board of Governors of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation recently approved $295,000 in community investment projects at their recent meeting on March 8, 2013. Click to see more about the 8 remarkable projects we are supporting.

Co-Gen Melcor YMCA Village

Situated in the core of Edmonton’s Boyle Street Community, the Melcor YMCA Village – Affordable Housing Facility will be home to more than 150 low-income families, couples, and individuals, including people with limited mobility.

Let’s Talk Condos!

The Government of Alberta is taking steps to strengthen condominium legislation to address the current needs of condominium corporations, unit owners, and developers; and raise standards in Alberta’s condominium industry.

The Foundation Supports Energy Efficiency in Real Estate

The Foundation is currently supporting an energy efficiency pilot project for commercial buildings and industrial facilities. The project, EE Check, provides assistance to facilities to undertake an energy efficiency audit, develop a business case for upgrades and implement selected upgrades.

Century Homes Calgary receives the Governor General’s History Award

Century Homes Calgary receives the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming. Century Homes Calgary stood out because of its significant impact on the community, both in terms of the number of participants in the project, and the number of those benefitting from the legacy of the research in future years.

Todd Hirsch Speaking in Calgary and Edmonton

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation brings you Alberta’s top economist to talk about the future of the Real Estate Industry in Alberta amidst a fast changing globalized world. To watch the trailer video and reserve your spot, read more.

Back by popular demand: Green Acreages Guide

If you or a client escaped the city to a small acreage, would you know how to protect and maintain it? Would you have a plan to maintain it in a way that protects the environment and surrounding ecosystem? If this is a little hazy, The Green Acreages Guide Primer, Stewardship for Small Acreages, written and released by Land Stewardship Centre, may be the news you were waiting for.