Edmonton Community Development Company

AREF funding will support the ECDC’s engagement of the Alberta Avenue community engagement around the project, design elements, foot print, economic impact, housing impact of the ArtsCommon 118 project, a two-facility Arts/Culture Hub with live work space for approx. 80 artists, retail/exhibition space, performance space, a rooftop farm and more.

Highbanks Society

This project was created to explore and develop creative partnerships with the Real Estate Industry (e.g. Landlords, property owners, builders, and developers), secure much needed housing for young single mothers, fill vacancies in market rental housing, and support the community. The project will engage real estate development consultants to work with Highbanks Board of Directors to develop a vision and strategy for growth. It will also engage with industry to establish a partnership model building resiliency for both.

 

Alberta Rural Development Network

Through an innovative approach, the ARDN’s Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) is creating the first ever building standard for developing affordable housing, which will act as a step by step guide for groups looking to replicate it. The creation of an affordable housing standard will not only redefine how affordable housing is developed and built, but will redefine how the broader community perceives new affordable developments. With the support of AREF, this new standard will be built on knowledge gathered through research that explores and test how to incorporate the psychology of aesthetics when building affordable housing. The key goal is to improve the mental and physical health of tenants through the incorporation of the psychology of aesthetics.

Olds College

Water for Life is the key ingredient and vital for human survival throughout the world but remediation, preservation and conservation has become cost prohibitive. Environmentally sustainable management of stormwater, wastewater, filtering runoff and water from snow melt through a changing climate to ensure a continuous fresh water supply is the focus of this project. The use of native wetland plants and cost effective floating island technology to clean the water prior to safe release into natural waterways, preserves aesthetics and enhances natural functionality of water sources, as well as providing a medium for additional food production. Research, education, and demonstration through proof of concept are key components to change and success for a healthy environment and resulting land stewardship.

Olds College

The creation of a multimedia Smart Ag Digital Story Map showcasing the application of science and technology for greater efficiencies in land use and water management, thus improving quality and quantity of food production (Smart Ag) at Olds College. With agriculture and agrifood production predicted to be the top drivers of Alberta’s future GDP growth, there is a need to tell the story of the learning, success and implementation of Smart Ag practices at Olds College to the wider Alberta community.

Food4Good

Food4Good has been providing support through innovative programming addressing food insecurity since 2013. We have recognized the need to increase our programming and would like to expand our collective kitchens to a monthly event. Collective kitchens are group cooking opportunities for 15-20 people to prepare healthy recipes together and take food home. Each participant leaves with 12-15 servings of food to last the week or freeze.

Sylvan Lake Foundation

This project was created to develop a sustainable housing strategy to identify housing needs and gaps within the community and propose innovative solutions to addressing affordable housing and aging-in-place challenges. The project will recommend new models for collaborative partnerships that could be implemented in our community to address housing challenges.

 

 

University of Lethbridge

Irrigation agriculture provides the foundation for economic and community development as well as environmental stewardship in southern Alberta. This study will focus on the adoption of recent important advancements in irrigation agriculture (commonly referred to as ‘precision agriculture’) and implications for the ongoing benefits of irrigation in southern Alberta.

University of Alberta – Faculty of Law

In Alberta, municipal jurisdiction over the environment, generally, and biodiversity, specifically, is experiencing expansion as a result of amendments to the Municipal Government Act. This project explores the implications of this expansion.

University of Alberta – Faculty of Agricultural, Life, & Environmental Sciences

A province-wide survey will assess attitudes of Alberta residents and municipal authorities toward fragmentation, conversion, and conservation policy tools. This research will help Alberta’s developers, provincial and municipal governments to better manage the fragmentation and conversion of agricultural land. This project involves two work streams with different deliverables at different dates: one on attitudes towards land use and the different policy tools; the other on the economics of land use change and the GIS planning tools. Final results will be disseminated in parallel.

The Sustainable Red Deer Society (ReThink Red Deer)

This project approaches watershed management for drought and flood resiliency from a Low Impact Development land-use perspective to literally build upon the success of the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project. Conventional outreach activities by environmental non-profit organizations can be enhanced to deliver important lessons by offering hands-on experiential / skill-building learning that engages new audiences who otherwise would not be reached. Our initiative addresses watershed management through both active and passive rainwater and solar energy harvesting through a series of workshops that culminate in the raising of an open-air timber frame barn dubbed, “The Water Shed.”

 

Stettler Learning Centre

The project is to create and publish a podcast series and website covering on-farm climate solutions—from solar power to better land management—in order to empower members of the rural community with the tools and understanding to be part of the clean energy economy of the future. This is an extension of an already existing program funded via the Alberta Government Community Environment Action Grant program to provide workshops and learning related to climate-positive agricultural and land-use practices.

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

With our New Energy Economy project, we will reflect investments (and the associated jobs) in energy efficiency, renewables and clean tech already happening within Albertan communities, create a uniquely Albertan energy-climate narrative that appreciates a diversity of perspectives, and build the skills and capacity of Albertans to effectively communicate about energy and climate. The result will be a discourse surrounding energy and climate that is less polarized and more informed.

Center for Public Legal Education Alberta

The Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program is the best source of easy to understand, accessible and accurate legal information about landlord and tenant matters in Alberta. This program provides vital information to Albertans online, in print and in person. Funding of this program will enable CPLEA to continue reaching and responding to the needs of over 700,000 resource users (and growing) per year.

Calgary Homeless Foundation

Building a Sustainable Non-Market Real Estate Sector will help position housing providers for long-term sustainability and create capacity so that they can make strategic use of real estate assets. Based on feedback collected from the sector, we will develop training workshops and a speaker series for housing providers, empowering them to make use of strategies such as identifying redevelopment potential, real estate financing tools and investment strategies, or leveraging assets through strategic collaboration and partnerships.

 

Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation

In many other Canadian cities, most moderate-income jobs can accommodate a home purchase. In Calgary, it’s a little more challenging. The average price tag on a home in Calgary has increased greatly while salaries have not kept pace. We want to investigate three broad categories pertaining to moderate-income Calgarians who do not own a home:

1.Are they renters for life or do they eventually want to buy?

2.If they want to buy right now, what are the barriers (e.g. price too high, mortgage payments greater than rent, no down payment, lack of green options, waiting for right house)?

3.Are there housing forms they would like to see that are not currently provided in the development community?

Alberta Emerald Foundation

The Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF) is a unique and necessary charitable organization in Alberta. From celebrating environmental excellence during the Emerald Awards with 12 cross-sectoral categories and independent judges to recognizing the impact, innovation and achievements of Albertans through our Emerald Day events and Eco-Sharing. AEF shares these achievements and connects businesses, organizations and individuals which support environment to make a difference to locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

 

Oldman Watershed Council

OWC’s niche and ultimate goal of Connecting Urban and Rural Communities in the Oldman Watershed Legacy Program is to foster strong community ties between rural producers and urban consumers. Through rural community discussion sessions, OWC has gained a clear sense that the agricultural community feels misunderstood by their urban counterparts and wants to show the consumer that they can feel good about the food they eat, and the water they drink because of the best practices of agriculture. By bridging the gap and fostering strong community ties OWC can expand our capacity to help the agricultural community communicate their positive stories to the urban consumer, thus improving the producers social license, as well as the consumers understanding of food production and how the land and water is used.

Land Stewardship Centre of Alberta

The Septic Sense program is a multi-agency initiative being undertaken in order to implement and evaluate a coordinated and collaborative septic system operation and maintenance workshop program for rural residential landowners and realtors in Alberta. Septic Sense fills an important gap in education and will raise awareness about proper septic system maintenance to Albertans. Through education and awareness, this workshop series will enhance and protect water quality of source water in Alberta as well as homeowner property values.

 

Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley

The project is to update, improve, post and then reprint, our highly popular Sustainable Action Canmore booklet and online supporting materials which AREF helped us produce in the fall of 2013. The booklets were developed with the help of local Real Estate Professionals who wanted easily accessible local information on water, energy, transportation, garbage and recycling for their clients new to Canmore. The booklets are creatively wrapped and packaged together as newcomer packages with the AREF TNS Sustainability at Home Toolkit, the Town of Canmore Recycling brochure and the local public transit brochure. Packages are given out to clients by Real Estate Professionals, property managers, the Town of Canmore and other organizations and businesses.

Inside Education

Two separate two-day youth summits programs: S3 – a regional program in Wood Buffalo related to sustainable living in the North targeting and junior high and high school students in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. Navigate Youth Water Summit – a province-wide water and climate education and action summit aimed at student leaders from 20 Alberta high schools. An important focus for both programs be household/home/school water and energy efficiency – this will include tours of ‘NetZero’ housing, discussions of energy efficiency best practices. For the Wood Buffalo (S3) program we will also feature energy efficiency home (re)building post-2016 fires.

Calgary Arts Development

Expand SpaceFinder Alberta beyond Calgary and Edmonton, in partnership with Arts Habitat Edmonton, giving all Albertans access to this innovative online marketplace linking organizations with space to rent with those who need space.

BC Non-Profit Housing Association

The Canadian Rental Housing Index is an interactive web-map that allows users to access detailed rental housing statistics for over 1,200 jurisdictions across Canada. The intent of this project is to update the Index with 2016 census data, as well as develop new data analysis, comparison, reporting, and sharing tools. The update to the Index will allow stakeholders in Alberta and beyond to understand and act on affordable housing issues in their communities.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) of Southern Alberta

Our spectacular natural areas play a large part in our quality of life in Alberta, however, we can literally love our parks and wilderness areas to death if we don’t have a plan for sustainable use for the future. By working with other ENGOs, recreation groups, local communities and the Alberta public CPAWS Southern Alberta can help create a meaningful recreation policy and active stewards for our parks and public lands.

Alberta Emerald Foundation

Green Energy Futures will produce a four part series of stories called Smart Homes on greening your home. It will focus on providing homeowners with current information on energy efficiency in the home and how you can produce energy on your own home in this innovative green energy series. These stories will be useful for Alberta homeowners who are both looking to buy an energy efficient home and want to make their home a greener more energy efficient place to live. The stories will be developed to tie to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs being launched in Alberta in April 2017. We have selected these topics based on our time-tested experience delivering this information to millions of people over the last four years.

CREB Charitable Foundation

Together as funding partners, Alberta Real Estate Foundation and CREB® Charitable Foundation can help low-income working families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

The “Love Your Headwaters” awareness campaign is aimed at informing downstream users living in the Edmonton area that the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River, which supplies the city with 90 per cent of its drinking water, are in the Bighorn region. The Bighorn lies to the east of Jasper and Banff National Parks and provides fresh water to more than 1.2 million people. The Bighorn also teems with iconic wildlife and world-class backcountry recreational opportunities.

This project will also engage Calgarians around their headwaters in the Rocky Mountains.

University of Alberta – Alberta School of Business

WellWiki.org is a groundbreaking solution to the problem of information access and transparency related to data on oil and gas development. While in many cases some data on wells is publicly available, interested parties face an arcane and obscure process for accessing it which deters many from pursing the information they need. WellWiki.org solves this problem, providing access to information in an easy to use format available to all and has been successful across North America. This project will fund the launch of WellWiki as a comprehensive resource for Alberta stakeholders.

University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business

Typically individual social service agencies have addressed housing and affordability issues specific to the population they serve. The missed opportunity is understanding the ways in which housing affordability as a whole could offer a positive collective impact for all Calgarians. To facilitate a more collaborative and effective way to tackle housing affordability, the Westman Centre is an active partner on Calgary’s Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC). CHAC is a joint initiative that was formed between the public, private and social sectors to address housing issues in a collaborative manner. The Westman Centre’s role is to provide applied research oversight and leadership for key deliverables outlined in the CHAC strategic plan, thereby enhancing housing affordability along all points of the housing spectrum.

 

 

University of Calgary – School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy’s Urban Policy Program provides urban policymakers with original, in-depth and impartial research. The Program explores key issues that impact urban Canada as well as the political arenas in which these issues unfold.

University of Calgary – Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Radon gas is a radioactive but invisible danger that poses serious lung cancer risks if homes contain high levels inhaled over the long term. Our scientists recently published a landmark study indicating that a shocking 1 in 8 Southern Alberta homes exceed Health Canada’s maximum acceptable radon guideline. Surprisingly, we also found that newer homes had significantly higher radon compared to older properties. The gold standard for a radon test takes 90+ days, which is not feasible during the < 1 week typically seen in a real estate transaction involving a home inspection. So how can buyers and sellers accurately determine if a house is ‘radon safe’? We will determine whether short term radon tests can be used to inform home radon levels with sufficient accuracy to ‘stand up in court’.

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

This project will enable Alberta’s REALTORS® to play an important leadership role in leveraging the opportunities that present themselves to homeowners in the transition to a clean economy. This project will educate REALTORS® and provide them with tools customized to their needs that they can share directly with homeowners. As a collaboration, the project will leverage AREA’s expertise on the needs of REALTORS® and homeowners with the Pembina Institute’s expertise on clean energy, including energy efficiency and microgeneration, to transform how Alberta’s REALTORS® understand and serve homeowners on this topic of increasing importance.

 

 

FuseSocial

A significant number of volunteers are coming to Fort McMurray in the spring of 2017 to help with the communities rebuild after the wildfires last Spring. NSUUR has set up a “Volunteer Village” to accommodate these volunteers.

 

Legacy Land Trust Society

“Water Quality and You” will engage people in voluntary conservation practices resulting in land that maintains/improves water quality along in the Red Deer River. Around 100 landowners along the river will be provided stewardship and conservation information through in-person meetings.

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Marketing Opportunities in Conservation Incentives Seminar

How can land that is or could be part of a conservation program advantage your realty business? That’s what you’ll find out with this new one-day course developed by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and supported by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF). After completing the course, you’ll discover that the benefits of restoration and conservation programs go beyond environmental; they can actually bring you more revenue potential. The key for you is being able to scout the opportunities.

This course explains how DUC identifies and secures properties with high restoration and conservation value potential. As a realtor, you can play an important part in this process as you are well positioned to help identify land that may qualify for DUC programs. This could also lead to gains for your business down the road from the potential sale and resale of the land.

Course topics include:
• What is a wetland and why wetlands matter
• Identifying existing wetlands and wetland restoration opportunities
• Historic loss of wetlands and the resulting impact on water quality,  flooding, drought and biodiversity
• Societal attitudes regarding wetlands and how they are changing
• Wetland and upland restoration and conservation incentive  programs offered by DUC including the Revolving Land Conservation  Purchase program, Wetland Restoration Lease program, and  conservation easements, and how they can enhance your business
• Geographic areas that offer the most potential for conservation and wetland restoration programs

Wednesday, September 27
Olds College – Continuing Education
4500 – 50 Street
Olds, Alberta T4H 1R6
To register, email coned@oldscollege.ca or phone 403 556 4740
Thursday, October 12
Lakeland College – Room AL207
5707 College Drive
Vermilion, Alberta T9X 1K5
To register, email marilyn.sommer@lakelandcollege.ca or phone 780 853 8457

Center for Public Legal Education Alberta

In Phase 3 CPLEA will update the resources created in the first two phases, including the well-received Condo Law for Albertans website, to incorporate changes to the law as a results of the impending proclamation into force of the Condominium Property Amendment Act and it Regulations. Additionally, CPLEA will make further updates in consideration of suggestions made by various stakeholders.

Alberta Emerald Foundation

The Emerald Awards are uniquely Canadian and allow Albertans to be recognized and celebrated for their outstanding environmental achievements in over 12 categories annually. Since 1992 the Emerald Awards have recognized nearly 300 recipients for their innovative and thoughtful projects, resulting in a healthier and cleaner environment for us all. The Shared Footprints Award is one of 12 categories that allow groups to showcase projects that create environmentally ethical plans aimed at managing the impact of human use of land and resources. It is a form of stewardship that changes the way we do business, ensuring that we share the land and work together to reduce the impact on that land.

 

Centre for Public Legal Education

CPLEA’s highly regarded Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program is the best source of easy to understand, accessible and accurate legal information about landlord and tenant matters in Alberta. The program provides vital information to Albertans online, in print and in person.

 

Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Organization Description Amount
Calgary Real Estate Board Biting into Big Data Summit $3,500
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology NAIT Alternative Energy Technology $325
Alberta Real Estate Association Banff Western Connection 2017 $2,500
Alberta Food Matters Cultivating Connections Forum 2017 $4,500
Red Deer County Green Acreages Liaison – Stewardship for Small Acreages $5,000
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) Connections Conference 2017 $2,500
Canadian Institute of Planners National Professional Planners Conference – Building Resilience $1,500
Calgary Chamber of Commerce 2017 Southern Alberta commercial tenant real estate forum $2,000
Edmonton Tool Library Society Edmonton Tool Library $2,000
University of Calgary Walk21 $5,000
Leduc Nisku Economic Development Association 3rd Annual Leduc Regional Real Estate Forum $1,500
Alberta Network of Non-Profit Housing Agencies Alberta Non-Profit Housing Conference $5,000
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance June 2017 Energy Efficiency Event $1,000
Environmental Law Centre Green Regs & Ham Breakfast October 2017 $2,500
Oldman Watershed Council Southern Alberta Water Charter 2017 $5,000
Pembina Institute 2017 Alberta Climate Summit $5000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta CPAWS Southern Alberta 50th Anniversary Gala $828.99
TOTAL TO DATE $49,653.99

 

Lifehouse Care Home Society

Alive Inside, is a full body experience that allows participants the opportunity to explore the limitations of aging. This educational workshop will expose Realtors and other influential community members to a reality which will help them deeply understand how environment impacts mobility, behaviour, health and healing. Awareness will encourage the development of environments that are accessible to everyone, including aging populations and those with disabilities. This immersive experience will inform and empower Realtors and other influential community members so they can help to further educate and support aging in place.

 

FuseSocial

After the devastating wildfires, Wood Buffalo (WB) has the opportunity to implement a process to build a more resilient community. This requires a community engagement process, to ensure ownership by the community. This proposal therefore, falls under the Community Innovation area and, aims at utilizing a strategic, comprehensive and innovative approach/tool – The WB Strategy Roadmap – to better understand the challenges facing the community and identify priority areas for the community’s recovery effort.

 

Alberta Real Estate Association

AREA wants to improve the Alberta real estate industry’s understanding of true professional excellence, defining it with statistically relevant, benchmark Alberta consumer research, as well as member and key stakeholder input. Using these publicly released research results, AREA will develop applicable and measurable Standards of Professional Excellence for the Industry.

 

Camrose Open Door Association

This pilot project will provide hard to house tenants with the knowledge, tools and support that they need in order to be successful renters. The project will incorporate development of workshop curriculum, education sessions, appropriate community referrals, security deposit assistance and ongoing support to assist the tenant in stabilizing their housing situation.

Stewards of the Lac la Biche Watershed

Living Lakes Canada and the Stewards of the Lac la Biche Watershed, and with support from Lac La Biche County, are conducting a Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping Project for Lac la Biche. Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping was developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as a method to conduct fish and wildlife habitat assessments of freshwater lakes. The information collected includes land use, riparian habitat alterations and existing sensitive fish and wildlife habitats on both public and private land. The resulting Shoreline Management Guidelines direct shoreline activities in a manner that will protect, conserve and restore important fish and wildlife habitats and the water they depend on. The Guidelines have proven invaluable for local and provincial government to make sustainable land use decisions along our lake shorelines.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

2017 is the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society’s 25th anniversary year. As such, the Society will be highlighting their achievements over the past 25 years and providing new and exciting ways to get involved in the Fish Creek Park community. By leveraging skilled staff and volunteers to provide outreach activities, hands on stewardship, engagement activities and social enterprise, a core of informed park users will be supported by a stable non-profit society. This will enable the Society to continue to improve the quality of life for Calgary families and support local real estate values far into the future.

Hearts & Hammers Society

Hearts and Hammers offers free home renovations to Calgarians with mobility challenges. For the past 4 years, the organization has been run by volunteers, and has been able to complete up to 5 renovations a year.  As the organization experiences more demand, full-time staff are needed to ensure sustainability and strategic growth.  Bringing on more staff capacity would allow H&H to continue providing home renovations for Calgarians with reduced mobility, while also enhancing their social support.

 

Alberta WaterPortal

Alberta is projected to add 1.8 million residents by 2040. Over the same time period, climate change may lead to a reduction in available water resources. In this context, an understanding of the converging demands for water from communities, as well as the energy and food production sectors is critical. Ultimately, this project will engage stakeholders to encourage consideration of the water-food-energy nexus and support more holistic water management decision making.

 

Sustainability Resources Ltd

The Rural Prosperity Initiative is a collaborative programmatic approach to showcasing and implementing sustainability solutions in Alberta’s communities. The Rural Prosperity Initiative is a collaboration between industry, local and provincial governments, non-government organizations and institutions to help communities identify opportunities for waste reduction and repurposing, water reuse, and clean and renewable energy infrastructure upgrades that can save money, attract industry and reduce carbon and GHG.

 

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

In light of the significant changes to operations and regulations that impact landowners, and the expansion of oil and gas operations since the last Landowner’s Guide was released, there is strong demand from landowners, municipalities, governments and real estate professionals for the tools to approach development issues knowledgeably. The Pembina Institute is uniquely positioned to deliver this tool in the form of the updated Landowner’s Guide.

The Alex

All of The Alex’s programs build a community of healthy individuals by understanding how to tackle complex social issues that are the source of hunger, poverty, and poor health. The Community Food Centre joins our growing family of preventative programs through a national partnership that has seen proven results. By connecting people with healthy food, skills, and education, the Community Food Centre provides a ground-breaking, results-oriented solution that makes real change in our community.

Southwest Alberta Sustainable Community Initiative (SASCI)

This project will establish a factual basis for understanding potential economic and social/community impacts that may occur with closure of the Waterton Complex, and to use that foundation to inform and facilitate dialogue with and action by the affected communities regarding transition to a sustainable economy.

Inside Education

An experiential energy efficiency and climate change education and action program for Edmonton, Calgary and surrounding areas junior high and high school students. Two parallel learning experiences – Edmonton Energy Efficiency (E3) and Calgary Climate Change (C3) – will provide students real-world insight into energy conservation in their lives at school and home today and into the future.

Land Stewardship Centre of Canada

This project will see the update and re-print of a wildly successful education and awareness tool, The Green Acreages Guide Primer. The Primer will be updated with content which was identified by partners as a necessary instalment to fulfilling landowners’ educational needs. By project end, realtors, stewards and Albertans everywhere will again have access to a key resource to assist them in sustainably managing their property for the benefit of the environment.

Calgary Aging In Place Co-operative

The Calgary Aging-in-Place Co-operative is designed to find ways to support our aging communities, so individuals can afford to stay in their homes, as they age. In finding everyday affordable services based on the needs of each member we can ensure that everyone has an opportunity to “age-in-place.”

 

Institute for Community Prosperity

Vivacity is an inter-institututional collaboration between 6 post-secondary institutions and Calgary Economic Development. Vivacity engages inter-disciplinary teams of students in the re-design and activation of community spaces in vacant and underutilized areas of the city.

Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance

To date, the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (AEEA) has made significant progress in motivating the creation of new energy efficiency programs for Alberta. These programs will lead to about $300 million of program funding over the next three years, but investments past that time are still uncertain. With this project, the AEEA proposes to work with government and stakeholders to help ensure Alberta’s new EE programs continue beyond a three year horizon and grow over time.

University of Lethbridge

Housing development is a $10 billion industry in Alberta. However, it may be curtailed by lack of water needed to service new residential communities. This study explores the challenges and solutions to acquiring water for housing development and the secondary impact a decline in the industry could have on the real estate market.

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Over the next 15 years, wind capacity in Alberta will roughly quadruple, with the provincial goal of 30% renewable electricity by 2030. While wind is a cleaner source of electricity, some residents have concerns about the impact on vistas, property values, and local and migratory species. These concerns are best mitigated proactively by adhering to best practices for wind development. The purpose of this project is to highlight best practices that empower and benefit stakeholders as well as minimize the impact on the ecosystem, and to build a framework that will enable  development of responsible and socially acceptable wind projects in Alberta.

The Natural Step

The Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is an Alberta-based collaboration for tackling the interconnected issues of climate change, energy security, and sustainable development today in order to build the foundation for Alberta’s future prosperity. The convening question for the EFL is: How can Alberta’s leadership position in today’s energy system serve as a platform for the transition to the energy system that the future requires of us? We are requesting funding to develop and implement the public engagement stream of the EFL, which will use a community innovation approach to engage more than 100,000 Albertans, including real estate stakeholders, in dialogue, learning and action about energy transition in the province.

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

CAWST is bringing its model for adult water education home to Alberta. With local partners, we will co-develop and pilot 3-5 lesson plans that introduce members of corporate groups and community organizations to water and sanitation issues, building their capacity to protect Alberta’s resources and share this knowledge.

Capital Region Housing Foundation (HOME Program)

The MOVE Forward Program encompasses education, counselling and advocacy, and referral to service providers to assist and support individuals to become successful, stable tenants/renters. Program components include 12 hours of in-class education deigned to create a personalized plan for stable housing; improve an individual’s communication skills, and create a workable household budget that makes rent a priority. The core of the program is the education component of six 120 minute sessions delivered by a team of specialized facilitators and community experts.

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)

The AAMA is made up of ten ALUS communities, led by ALUS in partnership with municipalities. These programs are changing private land and conservation dynamics in several ways: they incentivize conservation activities on agricultural land by paying for ecosystem services; they build ownership over conservation and community support (each community forms a Partnership Advisory Committee made up of farmers, municipal officials, realtors, watershed based conservation groups, etc.); and they achieve measurable, verified conservation.

 

Alberta Rural Development Network

There is an acute shortage of affordable housing in many rural Alberta communities. ARDN will work with several rural communities to start addressing this issue by conducting affordable housing needs assessments and feasibility studies in a coordinated and cost effective manner, and create and share a model of best practices.

 

Accessible Housing

Accessible U is an information hub about accessibility, especially in residential environments. Meeting information needs for Albertans experiencing mobility barriers, Accessible U is committed to making relevant, understandable information readily available to everyone. We’re creating a space to inform and empower people, creating a more accessible Alberta.

Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Organisation Description Amount
Alberta Emerald Foundation Emerald Awards Advertising Agreement with Avenue Magazine and Venture Magazine. $5000
Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta Sponsored the World of Choices Career Forum 2016. $5000
Calgary Real Estate Board High River DRP Sponsorship. $4500
Red Deer County Sponsored the Green Acreages, Stewardship for Small Acreages workshops. $5000
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance Sponsored the Advancing EE in Alberta conference. $2500
Alberta Real Estate Association Sponsored a leadership conference. $2500
Center for Public Legal Education CPLEA additional support. $5000
d.talks Sponsored d.talk’s suburban renewal and growth event. $3500
Battle River Alliance for Economic Development Sponsored the Local to Global – Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor Forum. $3000
Wildsight Assisted Stewards of Lac La Biche Watershed build local capacity in Alberta. $4500
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) Sponsored the Connections Conference 2016. $2500
Strathcona County Sponsored the Antler Lake Stewardship Committee’s report on the Antler Lake Hamlet. $1000
University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business Sponsored the Westman Centre’s Housing Affordability Workshops. $2700
Leduc Nisku Economic Development Association Sponsored the Leduc Regional Real Estate Forum. $1500
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow Sponsored conference on Smart Energy Communities, Infrastructure and Climate Leadership. $5000
imagiNation 150 Sponsored imagiNation 150 (i150) conversations in rural Alberta. $5000
Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society Reprint of the Friends of Fish Creek Map. $1602.96
104th Street Steering Committee Supported official opening of the Michael Phair Park. $197.04
TOTAL: $60,000

 

Alberta WaterPortal

This project will research and define the scope of the Nexus issue and use water valuation principles to develop an Alberta-specific, publicly available water valuation tool and a guidance document for using the tool.

St. Albert Housing Society

The HOMEstyle Breakfast is the Housing Society’s signature event set to educate about the critical need and societal benefits of affordable housing in building communities. The event is also a fundraiser, although considered the secondary purpose. Avi Friedman, an international expert in innovative housing and urban design is the speaker.

Edmonton Public Library

The Edmonton Public Library, with its extensive and diverse reach, is in the unique position to bring together community members to share insights, ideas, experiences and viewpoints through our Forward Thinking Speakers Series. EPL would like to present a speaker to our community in 2016, with a focus on building better communities and a goal of engaging more Edmontonians in this concept.

University of Calgary – Faculty of Environmental Design

This project will look at options for aging-in-place in laneway homes and secondary suites. It is being conducted in the context of a senior graduate level architecture research studio in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. 10-14 concept designs will be developed in conjunction with industry and diverse academia to demonstrate how secondary suites and options for aging-in-place can fit into our existing neighborhoods.

Arts Habitat Edmonton

Edmontonspacefinder.ca, launched in 2010, is an online resource, to post or find, non-profit and community space; to assist renters find venues and venues to find their renters. Challenges with the original proprietary programming language make alterations or improvements to the current Edmonton SpaceFinder difficult and ultimately not possible. New York-based Fractured Atlas has the desired platform to replace the existing Edmonton SpaceFinder that is now out of date in its capabilities.

 

Southwest Alberta Sustainable Community Initiative

RCADE is a community based development that operates on two levels. On a local level, it is a community based enterprise that supports learning, innovation, and creativity. On a regional level, it is a way to direct resources and expertise to develop shared use resources, best use practices, and a regional approach to economic development. Learning-focused institutions and organizations in the town of Pincher Creek will collaborate to design Pincher Creek RCADE (Regional Centres for Arts, Design & Entrepreneurship), a sustainable and scalable system for building community capacity for learning, creativity and innovation. Design objectives are to support communities in southwest Alberta in developing innovation and entrepreneurship as core competencies, and to support residents in fulfilling their creative potential.

City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton will be implementing three projects which will provide citizens with access to information that increases one’s ability to effectively and meaningfully contribute to their community. One project improves citizen understanding of the City’s planning processes; one provides information about the potential for solar PV installations in homes and buildings, and the third project shares tools and resources for understanding the basics in assessing one’s living space for energy efficiency.

 

 

Centre for Public Legal Education (CPLEA)

The “Condo Law for Albertans” project will increase Albertans’ knowledge of their rights and responsibilities under current and future condominium legislation. During phase two of the project, plain language resources (including a website) will be produced for condominium boards, to help them better understand their rights and obligations under the law by increasing their ability to access accurate legal information.

 

Calgary Chamber of Commerce

The “Paying For It” project will look at how Calgary’s growing economy and population has begun to put significant strain on our municipal infrastructure as well as look at the existing funding model. This project will employ a Citizens’ Commission, an innovative model of public engagement. The Calgary Citizens’ Infrastructure Commission will work through the challenges that Calgary faces and ultimately issue a series of recommendations that will guide the development of a Calgary City Charter.

 

Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance

Energy efficiency is an important contributor to the future success of Alberta and the sustainability of real estate in the province. The AEEA proposes to build on its past success by continuing to work towards the creation of ongoing energy efficiency programs in the province.

 

Calgary Arts Development

SpaceFinder Alberta will strengthen the creative, non-profit and small business sectors with an online marketplace for hourly, daily, weekly and longer-term rentals. Existing space will go underused less often. A data source for metrics reports to inform policy making and project development, SpaceFinder Alberta is free to list and free to search.

 

REALTORS® Community Foundation of Edmonton

Build another home with Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the REALTORS® Community Foundation of Edmonton.

 

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Upstream, Downstream: Safeguarding Albertan headwaters, homes and wildlife habitat”, will promote responsible land-use by engaging Albertans in the 2015 North Saskatchewan Regional planning process. Recent floods clearly demonstrated that Alberta’s headwaters, which provide fresh water, diverse recreation opportunities, key wildlife habitat and important ecological services, need more careful protection.

 

University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business

The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the Haskayne School of Business will link global real estate, urban economics research and teaching relevant to the Calgary marketplace with outreach to industry and the community. In addition to educating the next generation of real estate leaders, we will conduct innovative research and create a platform for discussion within the industry.

 

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

The intent of the new Landowner’s Guide is to provide all parties with access to a common body of information about citizens’ rights in Alberta as they relate to oil and gas development. The result will be easier resolution of landowners’ issues.

 

CREB Charitable Foundation

Building six four-plexes in Calgary’s community of Pineridge, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in Southern Alberta, will create 24 safe, decent and affordable homes with BuiltGreen Canada’s energy saving practices, thus reducing overall maintenance costs and better directing funds to Habitat families’ education, food and clothing. Through the support of our community partners, families can thrive.

 

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

Funding will support CREA in partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, BMO Financial Group and RBC Financial Group to support a series of five (5) workshops between November 2008 and February 2009.

Alberta Land Trust Alliance

The Alberta Land Trust Alliance is the umbrella organization for Alberta’s land trusts (not for profit charitable organizations that have as one of their core objectives the conservation of private land) and strives to build capacity in land trusts to conserve diverse and ecologically important landscapes in Alberta. This project will directly benefit Alberta’s land trust community (professionals such as realtors, developers, appraisers, lawyers, accountants and financial planners, landowners, land trusts and governments-all levels) by building awareness and transferring knowledge about land conservation in Alberta and by building capacity for land trusts and the ALTA which in turn, will enable Albertans to enhance the ecological quality of their communities.

Green Calgary

Clean Calgary Association staff and volunteers will conduct home visits to 400 Calgary households during which time we will assess the “health” of the home and take immediate, hands-on action to improve the indoor air quality and reduce the amount of energy, water, and other resources used in the household. Staff and volunteers will follow up and provide resources for long-term sustained behaviour change and will calculate the impact of these cumulative actions.

Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley

Canmore residences will be canvassed and householders enlisted to adopt sustainable behaviours with regards to water use, energy efficiency, waste reduction and transportation. In 2008, AREF supported the Sustainability at Home Toolkit.  A copy will be hand delivered to each Canmore resident, asking for a commitment to sustainabilty.  Follow up activities will provide opportunities for participants to take further action and the results will be disseminated.

Water Matters

This project will build awareness about the critical linkage between land use and water resources in the southern foothills of Alberta with a long-term aim to increasing land stewardship activities. The project will result in the completion of a scientific paper on the linkage between land and water as well as a survey of opinion leaders to determine what opportunities there are to increase land stewardship activities in this critical region.

REALTORS Community Foundation

Matching grant for construction of a low income home by Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton supported by the REALTORS Association of Edmonton.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

To develop a 5 part speaker series to deliver to the public and the Real Estate Industry in southern Alberta about the land use framework and the importance of conservation of parks and wildrness spaces in our province.

Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Application to allocate up to $15,000 to have staff, with appropriate consultant support, design the tri-annual research commissioned by the Foundation. The tri-annual research focises on developing baseline demongraphic research on the industry.

Sustainability Network

The Albrta Water Learning Network brings together water-focused NGO’s from across the province for a series of retreats that enhance their capabilities to meet the increasingly salient issue of water resources sustainability. The fall session will focus on building communications and marketing skills among those leading water focused nonprofits.

West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society

The Athabasca River Valley – Community Landscape Visioning Process is a citizen-led, community values mapping process to provide broad-baed public recommendations for land use in the Athabasca River Valley west of Hinton, AB.

ARUSHA Centre

Carsharing has the potential to help reduce Calgary’s carbon footprint, build more vibrant communities and enhance the quality of life for economically challenged and socially/geographically isolated Calgarians. Through research coordination, policy development, stakeholder collaboration and community engagement this project will explore ways in which local carsharing groups can grow sustainably and enhance Calgary’s community and transportation development efforts.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Following the example of Albera Ecoroof Initiative in Calgary, we are proposing to establish three green roofs and evaluate possible plant species for greening in Edmonton while initiating NAIT students to green roof technology.

Environmental Law Centre

The ELC proposes to write and publish a “how to” guide for accessing environmental information in Alberta. This guide will become the “one stop shop” for environmental information in this province.

Foothills Land Trust

Development of standard protocols for baseline inventory, land monitoring, continued stewardship, communications and risk management models. Deliverables are to be available for use by other land trusts in Alberta.

Alberta Real Estate Association

To Develop a Standard for the Assessment and Remediation of Houses Seized Due to Illicit Operations

University of Alberta – Faculty of Extension

This educational program helps Alberta communities learn how to manage growth in a way that promotes sustainability, supports a robust economy, encourages collaboration, and improves the quality of life of its citizens.

Alberta Real Estate Association

Block funding initiatives to enhance industry practice and professionalism, backed by concrete consumer research. These projects will better align industry members’ practice with the needs of today’s real estate consumer, support the real estate consumer by enhancing their knowledge about the industry and the real estate transaction and increase industry knowledge and credibility on issues that impact Albertans’ quality of life.