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Big Data to Impact Decision Making in City Planning

Calgary will use emerging technology to making additions or corrections to existing planning schemes or create new planning systems. Moving forward the City will use data to create unbiased, efficient solutions with lower operating costs, resulting in a more complete response to needs identified by Calgarians.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"Solving this problem creates a huge impact in a number of areas and could result in costs savings, higher quality of life, attracting people and businesses to Calgary, greater return on Calgary’s investments into the city, as well as more impactful and fast reaction to the needs of Calgarians and Calgary businesses.

To create sustainable solutions, the city needs to be able to respond dynamically to ongoing and emerging needs. Once the infrastructure is in place, ongoing collection of analytics will be increasingly less expensive, and continue giving the data we need to make wise decisions.

Additional benefits come from initial data management. For example, better traffic flow and reduced drive times result in lower CO2 emission, which supports environmental sustainability efforts already in place. Or, Calgary’s ongoing journey to diversity our economy could move more quickly if we had a better understanding of our existing strengths in terms of workforce and business growth. This could make our approach to diversification more targeted by leveraging our existing and growing talent base."

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

"Other cities have already invested in the implementation of urban infrastructure which incorporates leading technology from a number of global leaders in smart city technology. We could look to those cities to better understand their successes and failures and choose our approach from their lessons. For example, Smart Street Lights could collect traffic flow data and provide WiFi access for individuals looking to find the fastest route, or port that data to the city to change bus frequency on that particular day.

Additionally, we could choose to prioritize city needs in unison between the city of Calgary and its citizenry. This data could be publicly available and the city could work with its citizens to understand how to move our City into the future."

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Efficient, Innovative & Better Every Day

HEAT Loss Maps for Every House & Community in Calgary

PROBLEM: World Wide buildings consume over 40% of all created energy resources while wasting in excess of 50% of the energy used. On average, buildings emit 35% of all Canadian greenhouse gasses and 10% of airborne particulate matter, use 33% of Canada’s total energy production and consume 50% of Canada’s natural resources - of which the majority is used in space and water heating.

WHY WE CARE: It has be estimated that... more »

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Anti-Racism Capacity Building Fund

Anti Racism collaboration - Roundtable Grant Funding initiatives

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I have been working on Anti Racism and am currently a Director with the Rutland Park Community Association for the last seven years, we are a non profit society in good standing with liability insurance, we would like to collaborate with individuals or groups that align with our "Inclusive and diverse communities" vision statement, we can assist in writing the grant application.

(pending review of grant restrictions)... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Community EV Charging for Garage-less Calgarians Edited

Community EV Charging for Garage-less Calgarians (in Sunalta)

 

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Installing 7 duplex level two chargers at street level in Sunalta will enable 200 garageless ICE vehicles owners to switch to EVs. This represents 10% of the garageless residents in Sunalta. This will reduce Sunalta's local carbon footprint by 250 tonnes of CO2 per year at a capital cost of roughly $100,000. This project can provide a... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Online Bid Platform for Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

On May 17th, 2021 the Government of Canada announced a $10 million commitment to recruit, train, and mentor up to 2,000 new energy advisors across the country to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which will provide as many as 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 each to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes, supported by an EnerGuide evaluation. The evaluation will give the home an EnerGuide... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Outdoor Clothes Drying

Many communities have a blanket ban on outdoor clotheslines or dryers. Changing City policy to ensure that communities cannot ban these would allow people to use outdoor drying, reducing significantly the energy consumption of electric dryers for much of the year.

https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/drying-clothes-with-less-energy

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Cocoflo Gamification of Utilities for Citizens

"The transition to a cleaner, prosperous economy needs to be both an immediate priority and a sustained effort over the years and decades ahead." -Challenge Champion: Mayor Naheed Nenshi

A small shift in customer consumption and education will have an immediate impact on the sustainability efforts. If citizens are able to see the immediate benefits of starting a load of laundry to run overnight or setting their electric... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Green Communities with high mobility

The idea I would like to submit for the city's consideration is that of modelling a community in a way that reduces Calgary's carbon footprint by over 95% (or better) in a very short amount of time -- quite possibly a matter of months.

Since my proposal is still being fleshed out and I got to know about the mayor challenge a little later, I would like to only submit the idea.

What reduces the carbon footprint by utilizing... more »

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Renfrew Solar Garden Green Bonds

The Renfrew Solar Garden @SPARK successfully demonstrated that Calgary communities want to invest in community power infrastructure.

The project has experienced a rollercoaster ride of attention since the award of the feasibility grant in 2019 and was well-positioned to get the green light using stimulus funds allocated in the fall of 2020. This was thanks to its shovel-ready status and innovative approach to seed projects... more »

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Community Hubs Tracking Climate Footprints

The Need

Calgary's carbon footprint is enormous and costly to the environment and the economy. Yet, high quality data is lacking on how the choices and daily activities of Calgarians drive emissions. The data gap is equally huge in terms of how policies, incentives, and initiatives are helping or hindering people to right-size their energy use.

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Through Calgary Climate Hub's established connections with... more »

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Active Transportation Mainstreets: The Franklin SpurLine Edited

There are two ways to meet the clean energy demands of the future – develop and deploy new technologies to capture and deliver the flows of solar, wind and water energy OR technology and behaviour change to reduce energy consumption. Our innovative product, the active transportation mainstreet (ATM), focuses on reduced consumption and behaviour change. 

Calgary is ranked 1st or 2nd in Canada for per capita energy consumption,... more »

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Social Good Credit Grant Program

The SCG Program is an initiative that essentially offers communities a grant that can be used to fund community focussed green initiatives in return for community-led volunteer events that are centred on the environment and environmental stewardship. Once the community association and its volunteers complete an event they would receive the SCG and put it towards green initiatives in their community.

For example, the... more »

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