The purpose of the SCI Energy Lab is to accelerate the transformation towards sustainable energy development by supporting the “next wave” of cities that have an interest in learning from leading cities and sufficient capacity to act on what they learn.
Our objective is to create a centre that links global real estate, urban economics and entrepreneurship research to the Calgary marketplace, and produces new knowledge on issues that affect Calgary urban development. The Real Estate and Entrepreneurship Studies Program will focus on teaching, research and outreach.
Sponsorship of the bi-annual Banff Western Connections Conference
Residents of Waterton Biosphere Reserve (WBR) have been working together for more than 30 years to balance biodiversity conservation with sustainable use of the land in southwestern Alberta. A strong local constituency, with shared ideas and motivation for collaborative action is what makes biosphere reserves unique and will ensure the long term success and survival of WBR and the benefits that it brings to the citizens of southwestern Alberta. This project will work to build that constituency for conservation and sustainability.
Alberta’s Grasslands, home to more than half our province’s residents, is a place rich in culture, heritage, and natural beauty; however, multiple human demands on this landscape also make grasslands home to more than 75% of the province’s endangered wildlife species. For over 20 years, Operation Grassland Community has sought win-win solutions to balance these multi-stakeholder demands. This year, Operation Grassland Community will bridge urban-rural disconnect through an innovative video-documentary outreach initiative called the “Conservation Caravan”, and we will work directly with a “Steering Forum” of rural stakeholders to implement innovative sustainable land management projects as an active demonstration of steps we can take to achieve balance in the region’s economic and ecological needs.
Calgary and Edmonton are Alberta’s fastest growing cities and home to 70 per cent of Albertans. Rapid urbanization and population growth has placed pressure on the ability of cities to provide needed services and maintain critical infrastructure.
The Calgary Chamber will launch the Great Cities series to coincide with the 2013 civic elections and municipal government act legislative review currently underway in the province. Consisting of five events, the series will raise awareness, generate discussion and advocate for change to strengthen the municipal legislative framework in Alberta.
Information from the series will be combined with research to support a summary report and recommendations along with a communications and advocacy strategy designed to strengthen the legislative and policy frameworks of municipalities in Alberta. The project will be guided by a Task Force of experts and engage community partners across the different sectors of the community.
The goal of this grant is to work with decision support specialists and CREB® to (i) create a web-enabled home energy-efficiency dashboard (HEED) that provides long-term evidence of a home’s energy performance and energy investment information – based on unique HEAT Scores™ and HEAT Maps™ (derived from airborne thermal images of Calgary homes), and monthly energy consumption data – that is easy to use, secure and transferable (between seller and buyer); and (ii) evaluate HEED’s ability to support green real-estate sales in Calgary.
The Community Gardens Resource Network builds and strengthens community gardening through education, community connections and creating a network of resources.
Fish Creek Provincial Park provides a valuable recreational and natural resource that, with appropriate stewardship, will continue to serve Calgary families and support local real estate values far into the future. By leveraging skilled staff and volunteers to provide outreach activities, hands on stewardship and social enterprise a core of informed park users will be supported by a stable nonprofit society. Supportive actions and attitudes of our neighbours and sustainable use will ensure a vibrant healthy park to be enjoyed by future generations whilst adding value to surrounding properties.
In 2013, Doors Open YYC will be expanded and improved, engaging Calgarians with over 25,000 free public visits to 50 buildings and sites in every quadrant in Calgary during the last weekend in September. Doors Open Participating Sites all have heritage, architectural, cultural and social significance and offer fun, family-friendly, free behind-the-scenes experiences. Doors Open YYC 2012 saw 16,500 unique visits to 35 sites throughout Calgary.
Targeted workshops to real estate professionals, developers and planners, combined with broader outreach to the community, will educate and help maintain and support environmental stewardship of both riparian and uplands. Sharing stewardship success stories and low impact development techniques will give these audiences both motivation and practical knowledge that they can apply.
The Alberta Green Building Leaders project is a multi-year, multi-phase project designed to collaborate with forward-looking local governments to design and implement effective green building policies in Alberta. The requested funding will allow research to be undertaken to identify the state of building energy efficiency in Alberta as well as the actors involved in its advancement. This will inform the design of a “made in Alberta” initiative. This funding request will support the first phase of the Alberta Green Building Leaders project that will be designed to engage stakeholders in Alberta, provide a foundation for action on-the-ground to improve new and existing buildings, and for action at the provincial level.
Everyone loves a great story. Century Homes Calgary: Old Houses. Great Stories. is a creative and innovative way to engage Calgarian and deepen their awareness and appreciation for Calgary’s heritage homes by sharing their stories. The project’s impact on the community was significant both in terms of number of participants and those who benefit from the legacy of research as Century Homes Calgary was recognized with the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming.
“Place-making,” or the optimization of place, can increase a community’s economic competitiveness, attract skilled labour and enhance quality of life. We propose two issues of Curb Magazine dedicated to exploring the prospects for, and barriers to, place-making in a growing Alberta. The objective of this project is to provide stakeholders and community leaders with the knowledge and capacity necessary to inform best “place-making’ practices in Alberta and translate these ideas into successful action.
The Alberta Emerald Awards are established as a premiere environmental recognition program in our province. Through our process, we continue to identify and celebrate our province’s environmental leaders. By introducing a new category, recognizing exemplary land use as defined by the AREF, we would enhance our program while supporting a priority of the AREF.
Construction of a Habitat for Humanity Home to support a low income family in Neufeld Landing, Edmonton.
This project targets energy poverty – the ability of low-income households to afford home electricity and natural gas bills. We will add energy efficiency components to the planned renewal of low-income public housing building(s) in Calgary. The result will be a policy framework to guide the design, funding and delivery of ongoing programs to alleviate energy poverty in Alberta
The Government of Alberta recently began steps with the goal of strengthening condominium legislation to address the current needs of condominium corporations, unit owners, and developers; and raise standards in Alberta’s condominium industry. In early 2013, the Government distributed a Condominium Property Act Consultation Paper to gather information from the above stakeholders regarding potential issues with the current legislation. That information was collected and reported in a report published in June of 2013 (the Review) . As the legislation evolves there is another piece that deserves consideration and that is the education of the industry players including consumers, lenders, operators and developers.
Without proper planning, Southern Alberta could lose the values that attract people from all over the world to live and work here. The Alberta government is currently preparing a new land use plan for Southern Alberta. Y2Y will work to ensure plan provides protection from floods and drought while preserving the scenery and recreational opportunities that contribute to real estate values.
Advancing a Groundwater Policy for Alberta will build upon our previous organizational successes and experience, and offers an opportunity to commence an open, high-level conversation on groundwater policy and management in Alberta. Results of these discussions will be presented in a comprehensive research report, to promote and inform development of a provincial groundwater policy and assist future governmental planning. To enhance this project’s impact, we will maximize communication of the options and solutions we develop by pursuing a communications plan that directs audience-specific materials to government policy-writers and decision-makers, the public, and major real estate associations in Alberta.
The purpose of the sponsorship fund is to enhance the Foundation’s profile through support of community and industry events. The Foundation’s logo and recognition of the Foundation is part of the agreement with the collaborating organization around small sponsorship. The fund reduces administrative demands by allowing staff to award small grants without seeking Board approval.
This extension will enable CPLEA to continue to respond to the legal information needs of Albertans concerning their accommodation issues. Our website, publications, seminars and participation in provincial activities provide accessible and readable information on topics which impact most Albertans.
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