Creating Greener Homes & Buildings Podcast Episode
By: Alberta Emerald Foundation
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Making your home more energy-efficient and sustainable doesn’t have to be hard! In this live episode of What On EARTH Can We Do? the Alberta Emerald Foundation team sits down with green building technology experts Melanie Ross at the SAIT and Peter Graul to find out what green building technologies are and how we can use them to make our homes greener.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation’s Executive Director, Patti Morris, took part:

“This conversation is so timely. This summer, in celebration of our 30th anniversary and three decades of service to the province, we held engagement sessions with our stakeholders in the real estate industry, past recipients of our grant programs, and others to help chart our future. We heard that the real estate industry is facing massive changes – demographic, cultural, social, environmental and financial. Critical amongst these relating to green building technologies are the sustainability of urban housing and commercial development, changes in the technology of homes and energy efficiency, and the impacts of climate change.”

The Foundation supports the Alberta Emerald Foundation’s year-round programming to share stories, through the Emerald Awards, speaker series, documentary series, tutorials, and this podcast. We recently funded SAIT for the development of green building education for real estate professionals.

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Autonomous Vehicles, Parking & the Real Estate Sector
By: Transition Accelerator, University of Calgary, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative
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The goal of this project is to quantify the amount and value of the land that could be released for other uses, as well as the potential foregone capital and operating costs of providing and maintaining parking infrastructure. This new research report explores how Canada’s personal mobility systems are poised to be radically transformed by the convergence of four disruptive technology and business model innovations: vehicle automation, connectivity, electrification, and car sharing.

The study was carried out by the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) initiative at the University of Calgary with support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Transition Accelerator.

Explore the Research Report here.

Read the blog – What if our Cities only Needed a Fraction of their Parking Spaces? by lead researcher David B. Layzell.

This project was funded in 2019 through the Foundation’s Grant Program.

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Paths for Housing Co-operatives
By: Rural Development Network & Alberta Community and Co-operative Association
Grant Number: 2020-15

The goal of this project is to support the creation of sustainable, efficient, and resilient housing co-ops in Alberta. Despite minimal growth of new housing co-operatives in Alberta, a co-op model can effectively engage tenant-members in making decisions that provide affordable options, a range of community benefits, and be good stewards of the housing stock.

The Sustainable Housing Initiative, a division of the Rural Development Network, partnered with the Alberta Community and Cooperative Association and the Northern Alberta Cooperative Housing Association to create new resources to support the growth of co-operative housing in northern Alberta.

Explore the Research Report, Guidebook, and the Calculator Tool here.

This project was funded in 2020 through the Foundation’s Grant Program.

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Heritage Inspires YYC
By: Calgary Heritage Initiative
Grant Number: 2020-32

Heritage districts and heritage places of interest can create niche markets for shopping, living, and eating in “differentiated” heritage environments that contribute to urban liveability and the attraction of talent. The Calgary Heritage Initiative’s Heritage Inspires YYC includes a tab for realtors and comprehensive FAQs that cover everything from place-making to urban planning policy and the steps needed to designate a heritage property. It features 36 community histories, 17 flyover videos of potential heritage districts, 50+ examples of new uses for old buildings, as well as success stories of revitalization and designation. Visitors to the website can learn about how heritage contributes to economic recovery, sustainability, and urban liveability.

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Alberta Land Access Guide
By: Organic Alberta - Young Agrarians
Grant Number: 2018-20

The purpose of this guide is to support new and landless farmers to choose a path towards accessing land. In researching and writing this guide, the driving question has been: how have new farmers secured land? There are several different options to consider from leasing and purchasing to community farms and incubator plots – each with its own set of pros and cons.

This document was originally produced by Young Agrarians for new and young farmers in British Columbia. This guide has been adapted to the Alberta context by Organic Alberta with financial support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.

 

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The Value of Trees
By: Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society
Grant Number: 2019-15

The forested areas on lands are often overlooked for their values by many, but these forests and other treed areas often extremely valuable, holding values both in their ability to be sold as a product and through natural functions that trees can provide while living. This document seeks to introduce you to major values and to help realize the potential that is in these areas. 

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Agricultural Lands: Law and Policy in Alberta
By: Environmental Law Centre
Grant Number: 2018-03

Agricultural lands support numerous social, economic, and environmental benefits. In addition to making up an invaluable aspect of Alberta’s heritage and culture, the social benefits of agricultural lands include food security and valued viewscapes. In terms of economic benefits, agricultural lands enable significant contributions to employment and GDP. 

This report is the first of two reports which aim to answer how to move from conversion to conservation of Alberta’s agricultural lands. 

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Love Your Headwaters
By: Love Your Headwaters
Grant Number: 2017-16

We rely on the headwaters of the Rocky Mountains for 90% of Alberta’s drinking water. Fed by rain, snow, and glacier ice, these landscapes absorb, clean, and release our water into streams and river systems — eventually reaching our homes in communities across the province.

The goal of Love Your Headwaters is to protect Alberta’s headwaters and the landscapes that provide them.

Learn about our work through our current project regions: The Castle, The Bighorn, Livingstone-Porcupine Hills and Kananaskis/Ghost, or read on to explore the importance of headwaters.

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Community Needs Assessment Study
By: Fuse Social
Grant Number: 2016-26

As a support agency to the social profit sector FuseSocial’s role is to aid other agencies to not only recover from the effects of the 2016 wildfire but improve the quality of life in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. FuseSocial presents the results of this study and other survey series to key stakeholders and funders in order for them to understand the needs of the community and address them. We help other agencies to help the community.

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Lac La Biche Shoreline Management
By: Hutchinson Environmental Science
Grant Number: 2016-23

The Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM) project for Lac La Biche was initiated in 2016 to respond to community concerns expressed by the Stewards of the Lac La Biche Watershed, over the health of the lake. This project characterizes the physical and biological features of the lake’s foreshore so that sensitive areas can be identified and subsequently protected during shoreline development. The SHIM methodology was developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in British Columbia, and while it has been successfully incorporated into land use planning for several lakes there, the Lac La Biche SHIM project will be the first example of its use elsewhere in Canada.

 

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Lac La Biche Foreshore Inventory and Mapping Report
By: Hutchinson Environmental Science
Grant Number: 2016-23

Lac La Biche is a large lake situated in the Boreal Mixedwood Ecoregion of northeastern Alberta. It has numerous bays and rocky offshore islands, as well as wide areas of shallow littoral habitat characterized by extensive submerged and emergent vegetation. The lake provides important habitat for many fish species, as well as colonial and migratory waterbirds and aquatic mammals. It supports sport and domestic fisheries and is a popular recreational destination for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and nature appreciation.

In recent years, Lac La Biche has experienced declines in water quality and fish populations, leading to widespread blue-green algal blooms and fishery closures. The Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM) project for Lac La Biche was initiated in 2016 to respond to community concerns over the health of the lake. This project characterizes the physical and biological features of the lake’s foreshore so that sensitive areas can be identified and subsequently protected during shoreline development. While this method has been applied to several lakes in British Columbia and successfully incorporated into land-use planning there, the Lac La Biche SHIM project, once completed, will be the first example of its use elsewhere in Canada.

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