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.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

A solar array system will be installed in Northern Alberta which will increase the diversity and depth of the data collected for the NAIT Solar Array Project.  The energy generation data will be compiled and analyzed by NAIT’s technical team and students.  This will inform and guide the construction industry, homeowners and others interested in using solar energy in northern climates.

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

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.

Calgary Heritage Initiative

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.

University of 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.