University of Alberta

Grant will complete the fundraising required to establish a Chair in real estate. This will enable real estate studies as an educational option for MBA and undergraduate students, and to conduct research regarding real estate matters.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

Our Watershed Stewardship project protects and preserves the ecological integrity of the fish Creek Watershed by monitoring and assessing the creek water and selected wildlife, mobilizing volunteers in activities that will protect the aquatic ecosystem and reporting the results to those who can improve policies and management strategies.  We are looking for support for Phase two of the Watershed Public Awareness campaign that will engage communities to act and ensure that the water in Fish Creek is safe, clean, sufficient and able to sustain Fish Creek Park for future generations to enjoy.

University of Alberta – Faculty of Extension

Two Regional Planning Speakers Series panel events and special sections in two issues of Curb magazine dedicated to land use planning and land stewardship policy. The objective of the project is to create forums for leaders in planning, development and real estate to critically discuss current challenges in sustainable land-use, build partnerships and use this increased capacity to create best practices for prosperous and sustainable land stewardship in the Alberta context.

Social Innovation (SI) Hub Calgary Coordinating Team

Building upon the proven models from Vancouver and Toronto, and other urban centres, this proposal seeks support for the establishment of a Social Innovation Hub in Calgary. AREF funding will be used for (1) organization of outreach to secure tenants and members (2) engagement with REALTORS® and site visits for the purposes of preparing a shortlist of appropriate commercial spaces (3) preliminary design of the space to green building standards (4) outreach to major donors for longterm funding (5) preparation of marketing materials, contract templates, etc.  The Social Innovation Hub may become a model for reviving underused space to create real estate value and enhance communities in Calgary, following smart growth principles.