Build another home with Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the REALTORS® Community Foundation of Edmonton.
Build another home with Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the REALTORS® Community Foundation of Edmonton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matching grant for construction of a low income home by Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton supported by the REALTORS Association of Edmonton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To Develop a Standard for the Assessment and Remediation of Houses Seized Due to Illicit Operations
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.
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.
The purpose of providing sponsorships is to offer limited support to organizations and their events that meet the funding criteria of the Foundation. For example conferences, golf tournaments and other related activities.
The Board’s vision directs Foundation activities towards building an agile, adept and respected real estate industry. Staff proposed the Governors make alternative funding opportunities available to REB’s to increase the impact of the Foundation in building local REB strength, as well as increasing Foundation profile outside of Calgary and Edmonton.
Funds provide support for the Legal Information program which includes the Laws for Landlords and Tenants website and its related publications and activities. The grant extension will continue to expand the work related to landlord/tenant information but will broaden the scope to areas beyond the Residential Tenancies Act and will produce web and printed educational materials related to condominiums, low income housing and housing options for seniors.
To assess the feasibility of developing and incorporating a “green” building rating into the MLS listing system.
Enhancement and expansion of the Helen Schuler Ntaure Centre with innovative building technologies to address water usage, energy consumption, waste management, space constraints, occupant health and wellness. Sustainable construction will be emphasized and interpreted through signage and tours to encourage visitors to introduce similar technologies in their own homes and businesses.
Part 1: Outreach to educate landowners, realtors and consumers on maintaining the ecological and economic value of lands along streams and lakes. Part 2: Sharing short outreach podcasts from our website to reach younger and technically savvy audiences on their own schedule.
Qualitative Study of the attitudes and opinions of private Landlords in Calgary to investigate their potential ability to help solve the homelessness crisis. Beyond the life of the proposed grant, we intend to deploy the current proposal’s methodology and findings to province-and nation-wide research.
The goal of this project is to develop an agenda for private land stewardship in the Bow Valley, in and around Canmore, AB. In doing so, the project will help municipalities, businesses, land trusts, private land owners, and other organizations to find the balance between preservation of wildlife habitat and responsible land use planning for future generations.
To provide funding to CREB’s governance education and development plan and have asked the Foundation for funding to support this initiative as a supplement the 2009 enhanced funding program.
Project is designed to better acces the service needs of members of the Calgary Board in order to enhance their proficiency in the practise of their profession.
The project will create a searchable online database and resource library. This will enhance accessibility to Foundation publications and funded projects for Albertans and others looking for information about real estate community initiatives.
Customized series of 3 articles by thought leaders in Alberta for the real estate industry. The thought leaders will also be available to speak at 6-8 speaking engagements for the Alberta Real Estate Boards and Real Estate Organizations.
This project will support and foster knowledge about issues around land use practises and provide conservation and environmental stewardship organizations with the tools and training to be more financially sustainable. The project will build on a similar field test currently underway in BC funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC.
The Canadian Water Innovation Lab in Exshaw, Alberta, will bring together 250 young Canadians with key water decision-makers and stakeholders to explore solutions to water resource management problems. Participants will learn through experiential activities, tools and connections to prepare them for leadership roles in water management in the future.
Direct delivery online to the classroom of the Settlement Growth Simulator (developed with the assistance of AREF) will allow students in the Alberta Education System to explore the benefits and challenges of alternative land use scenarios and human settlement growth strategies.
A series of municipal based workshops to create community visions for the implementation of market-based instruments in at least two municipalities in southern Alberta as well as analysis of the Government of Alberta’s forthcoming conservation and stewardship policy paper.
Drumheller Housing Authority Recycling Program
Application for construction of the 100th Habitat Home in the Calgary area to be enrolled with the Built Green Society of Canada. Habitat will strive to reach Platinum level certification.
The Southern Foothills Community Land Stewardship Initiative is a citizen-based process to develop recommendations that will provide direction to provincial, municipal and non-profit land use planning and stewardship efforts, in order to protect and enhance the integrity of the Southern Foothills landscape of SW Alberta.
Tunnel Mountain Bench Signage and Mapping Project
To assess, implement, on a pilot basis energy labeling as part of the MLS listing system.
A Ronald McDonald House is being constructed in Red Deer, ;with groundbreaking ceremonies to commence Spring 2010. The Central Alberta Realtors(R) Charitable Foudation is raising funds to assist with the project. Funds given by the Foundation will be used to construct one of the laundry or kitchen facilities.
Banff Western Connection Conference
The Neighborhood Sustainability Planning Guidebook and Toolkit will be a valuable resource for residents, neighborhood stakeholders and municipal governments as it will help to align and link their respective activities, services, land use, infrastructure planning, etc. towards a desirable and sustainable future.
Information available to immigrant communities regarding landlord, tenancy, foreclosure and bankruptcy are this application’s main priorities for information in basic English or translation
The YMCA is seeking assistance in funding construction, particularly the energy efficiency elements of the YMCA welcome village. The YMCA Welcome Village is a 150 unit, affordable housing structure, child care centre and family resource centre in downtown Edmonton.
CREB Charitable Foundation is donating $500,000 to the building of the Brenda Stafford Foundation and is asking that we provide matching funding. The project is for emergency shelter, second stage shelter services and affordable housing options for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
The REALTORS® Association of Lloydminster & District is selling hammers donated and engraved locally for $100 each to raise funds to support Habitat for Humanity projects in Lloydminster. Funds will be donated to Habitat projects in Vermilion and Wainwright Districts. The application seeks matching funds to the amount raised.
The purpose of providing sponsorships is to offer limited support to organizations and their events that meet the funding criteria of the Foundation. For example conferences, golf tournaments and other real estate related activities.
Pathways to Sustainability Conference 2011
Alberta Real Estate Foundation 20th Anniversary communications strategy
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.
This extension will enable the LRC to continue to respond to the legal information needs of Albertans concerning their accommodation issues. The LRC’s website, publications, seminars and participation in provincial activities provide accessible and readable information on topics which impact most Albertans.
Phase I of the project will collect information regarding the resource needs and assess the demand for conservation planning among municipalities and land trusts in Alberta as well as the need to address public concerns within communities.
Development of a web-based resource for landowners and their advisors regarding conservation easement programs in Alberta.
The project further advances previous studies concerning wildlife-vehicle collisions to build public consensus and government commitment to measures and techniques for responsible transportation planning. The main focus of the project is consumer education intended to increase safety and reduce collisions with wildlife.
To measurably improve individual home and individual land stewardship through EcoTeam workthop programs and associated activities and events.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsorship funds to be directed towards real estate industry events, and toward small community projects and charitable endeavours such as conferences, golf tournament, or other fundraisers.
The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide a framework for future discussions to build upon the existing partnership between the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Alberta School of Business.
The Green Acreages Guide summary book provides a concise overview of the sustainability issues related to rural residential and recreational property ownership in Alberta. It includes management options, resources, and agencies landowners can consult for further information. The summary booklet is a complimentary piece to the Green Acreages Guide workbook, a comprehensive
introduction to sustainability in a rural residential context.
Energy efficiency is well regarded as the most cost effective way to reduce GHG emissions and improve energy sustainability. This project will pilot and demonstrate the feasibility of a program to support building owners in identifying, financing and undertaking energy efficiency upgrades. This will create significant energy savings, increase the value and quality of real estate, create jobs and reduce environmental impact.
Construction of a Habitat for Humanity home to support a low income family in Sherwood Park.
A Thought Leader presentation in two Alberta cities in the year 2012.
This project is intended to support the long term leadership capacity of the Alberta nonprofit sector. It involves a critical foundational research component as well as the development of practical resources to support and sustain executive leadership
The ALCES Group wishes to complete a series of free education-focused analyses and projects that relate directly to the objectives of the AREF. The projects are direct extensions of previous work completed by the ALCES Group for AREF and as such offer continuity of purpose to help Albertans understand the importance and challenges associated with urban design within a matrix of rapidly growing land use.
Construction of a research facility around the use and management of treatment wetlands in urban residential and industrial settings. Several naming opportunities are available.
Communication of the recently completed State of the Watershed Report Phase 2 through public participation events in Hinton, Athabasca, Conklin and Fort MacMurray. the public participation events will be carried out by a professional facilitator and the proceedings of the events will be recorded, analyzed, compiled into a report and the participants will be provided feedback.
Engagement of community partners to address systemic challenges of a sustainable and prosperous Edmonton and follows upon Phase I in which the groundwork for future collaboration were set. In this phase a series of projects will be launched that help the community address sustainability and prosperity as well as build on the City’s key strategic plans, The Way We Green and The Way We Prosper.
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.
Doors Open YYC is a city-wide event that provides free and open public access to buildings of a wide variety of heritage, architectural, cultural and social significance for one weeklong-long celebration, September 29 and 30, 2012.
The purpose of the sponsorship fund is to enhance Foundation profile through support of community and industry events. The fund reduces administrative demands by allowing staff to award small grants without seeking Board approval.
Centre for Public Legal Education Ongoing Operational Grant for 2014-2015
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.
The project integrates and implements the recommendations identified in the 2009 Lac la Biche Watershed Management Plan. Through better understanding Lac la Biche’s ecology and how people relate to it socially and economically, we can improve lake and land use decision-making through a collaborative lake management planning strategy. Healthy watersheds are important to healthy communities.