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Calgary Green Produce Integration trending idea Edited

The Future of Farming





Modern society has found itself based around sprawling urban hubs. These dense cities, often far from where our food is grown, pose gargantuan logistics challenges, often costing lots of time, money, and fuel. Through urban farming, we are able to not only slash this logistics chain, we are also able to localize the economy, more efficiently... more »

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Invest in AI Education - Start now before it's too late!

In China, the government has invested $1 billion on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research park.
AI is going to play an enormous part of our future. My suggestion is to give grants to AI programs offered by colleges, universities, etc... Put some standards in place and allow many colleges to apply for these grants. (standards such as: quality, ethics, hands-on learning etc...) Make sure many colleges/universities are... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

If we wait five years to invest in AI graduates, it'll be too late. Don't leave it to the schools to come up with the program fees. Tell them to start the programs and have the city pay for most of it, charging the students a nominal fee. Keep the standards high allowing only the best and brightest students to be accepted. The AI program is different from any other programs in that it needs to be singled out and given more funding. The bottom line is the program needs to be affordable for most Canadians.
Calgary cannot wait or we'll be left behind as other cities worldwide are already investing in AI education for its citizens.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Calgary can study other cities to find out how they are measuring the effectiveness of their AI education. Do this quick and start implementing a strategy as the "golden opportunity" is going to pass soon.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Technology will be a collaborative effort between the city and the education centers to provide state-of-the-art facilities whereby students can thrive in innovating AI. Students will have to utilize cutting-edge technology create the most advanced AI possible.

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Temperature, Wind and Pollution Modelling and Monitoring Grid

Establish a city-wide network of sensors that continuously report wind, temperature, humidity, pressure and pollution (CO2, CO, N2S, O3) levels to a public data archive. Hundreds of these sensors would be installed across all city neighbourhoods and at various heights downtown to create a public, live and historic 24x7x365 super-density 3D model of Calgary's environment and climate.

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

"The results of collecting environmental data at this resolution will provide an ever-growing dataset that will enable an enormous amount of data-backed analysis and work optimization that simply isn't possible today. For example, climate scientists can build data models of how weather varies across the city. These models will empower both public and private organizations to optimize both public services and private business endeavours.

City workers will be able to efficiently and effectively water city parks where and when its most needed. Winter snow ploughs can be dispatched to where snow is deepest and snow fences can be planned and set up where its snowy and windiest. New public parks, playgrounds and outdoor ice rinks can be placed where wind and weather is most favourable. The wind impact of new highrise buildings can be more accurately modeled and predicted based on real data, thereby minimizing negative impacts on surrounding communities.

Wind doesn't just move in one direction, it is a dynamic fluid that makes responding to airborne threats almost impossible. With the implementation of a high-density, live model of wind movement, emergency services will be able to immediately know where dangerous fumes and smoke is located and moving to when fires and disaster strikes (remember the Hub Oil fire?). Air polluters who use the cover of darkness to avoid detection will no longer be able poison our environment undetected.

Weather forecasters will be able to improve their predictions of weather both in and around the city and city planners will be able to better understand and measure the effect and intensity of heat islands and cold canyons around the variety of proposed urban designs, thereby being able to avoid such outcomes in the future.

The data repository will provide a new and novel resource for commercial application against a wide variety of challenges. This will help to create new economic opportunities for Calgarians, further strengthening and diversifying our economy away from our historical dependence on the oil and gas sector."

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

This suggestion is all about technology and data. I am suggesting the creation of a network of hundreds of sensors to be placed all over the city of Calgary to report on wind, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and pollution levels of common urban pollutants like CO2, CO, N2S and O3. These sensors would provide a constant stream of live and historic, publicly accessible data for use by both government and private industry in the provision and optimization of public services and private industry invention.

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The Viability Index: A Tool for a Resilient City

The Viability Index is a prototype emerging from the Better Housing Lab - a CMHC-supported solutions lab focused on exploring how environmental performance can be integrated into the economic model of affordable housing projects in order to enhance the long-term livability and viability of projects. As an interdisciplinary team of city-builders looked to answer this challenge, a core question emerged: 'How might we surface... more »

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STARS, STEM, STEALTH, AND SHIELD

THE 4 S-MEN

STARS, STEM, STEALTH, & SHIELD

Rhea Building Logic has developed over a dozen novel innovations to affordably reduce the energy load of today's homes. Once the concept of a recycling home energy appliance was born the need for a building system that could take advantage of Rhea's capabilities was created. These are the 4 S men of the ReBeL system.

STARS: Solar Thermal-Air Roofing System

With a STARs roof,... more »

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GEM, C-ZER, RAZOR, & TEMPERING

GEM: GAS EXHAUST MITIGATION

Houses that use natural gas produce CO₂ and lots of it. The weeping pipe is installed on all new homes at a cost of around $50 a linear meter. The bulk of the cost comes from requiring the rock-slinger truck that provides the gravel. The pipe we all use is cheap, usually made from 100% recycled plastic, and often comes with a nylon sock that further prevents dirt from entering the pipe. This... more »

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Mountain River Energy Centre (MREC) trending idea

*The following IDEA is the result of a collaborative dialogue between EXP Services Inc. and Thin Air Labs.*The IDEA has been nominated to the Commercial Ready Technologies and Process Stream. It will also need to be integrated into the City Planning and Policies Stream.

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To generate sufficient power from the Calgary Region's river water resource displacing all fossil fuel generated electrical power - key to Canada's... more »

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