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Urban Agriculture for Food Production & Energy System Innovation trending idea Edited

Sunspring Farms - Urban Agriculture for Food Production & Energy System Innovation

Food security is a growing challenge. Over the next 20 years, the global population will rise to over 9 billion people, with close to 80% of us living in urban areas. This increased density will place further stress on local food security and challenge us to create innovative solutions for producing safe and sustainable food supplies for... more »

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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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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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Net-Zero Community Association Buildings + CCG

Let's make a net-zero (or near-net-zero) demonstration building for every neighborhood in our city. We can use our community centres to show Calgarians how buildings use energy and how energy efficiency retrofits work.

Calgary's 151 community association buildings are built on leased City land with open field space surrounding them. These are perfect buildings to lead the way in showing Calgarians how we can retrofit... more »

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Calgary Holistic Actions for Renewable Microgrids (CHARM)

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International team including Calgary inventors, entrepreneurs, investors… wants to demonstrate how to standardize microgrids so that they can all talk to each other and interact. That's an absolutely critical step if microgrids are going to be as important and valuable as we think they can be. We suggest that Calgary could show that microgrids can be implemented cost effectively to provide resilience and... more »

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Cost-Effective Long-Distance Conveyance of Heat Energy

Lochterra's innovations and inventions will unlock immense opportunity to utilise GHG-emission-free heat energy from sources such as deep aquifer geothermal, thermal solar, and residual heat otherwise stranded by enabling energy networks to convey heat energy long distances at ambient temperatures via cost-effective systems installable with minimal surface disturbance.

They will change the way green energy is viewed.... more »

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Shalimar Garden: An Islamic Persian Style Sustainable Garden

Building a sustainable cultural park that tells the story of Muslims in Calgary and signifies inclusivity by showcasing the rich history of Islamic Heritage, and offering a naturally therapeutic space for people to gather, while preserving biodiversity, and protecting environment is a step forward towards transforming Calgary into a smart city with net-zero emissions. Thus, the proposition is to build Shalimar Garden:... more »

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Low Carbon & Climate Resilient Building Standard trending idea

In Calgary, roughly two-thirds of measured city-wide greenhouse gas emissions come from energy use in buildings and infrastructure, and as the impacts of climate change increase in Calgary, our buildings will need to be able to withstand greater shocks and stresses. It is not possible to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 without taking bold and transformational action to address the emissions from buildings. The most... more »

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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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Calgary Green - Sustainable Development Standard

Calgary Green provides a comprehensive standard and supportive framework to drive triple bottom line sustainability through the implementation of mandatory requirements for new and existing private development. The requirements are specific, relevant, achievable, quantifiable, and allow for continual improvement and innovation in 12 key performance areas related to: energy, carbon, potable water, stormwater, land, dark... more »

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Low Carbon District Energy & Water at Taza: something wondrous is coming!

Countries and cities are racing to rapidly transition to low carbon energies and develop new technologies to minimize the worst impacts of climate change. This movement presents an opportunity for Taza to become a leader in environmental stewardship and innovation. To embody the historical Tsuut'ina lifeways informed by and guided in the preservation... more »

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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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Urban Rooftop art that doubles as mini bladeless windturbines Edited

Rooftops in Calgary are often underutilized. We have seen from the success of places such as the City Centre Parking lot roof art part called High Park, that these spaces can be optimized for better uses. One opportunity to step this up is to add in artwork that also serves through energy creation. Cities around the world are starting to use mini bladeless wind turbines as functional, educational pieces to create beauty... more »

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Innovative Strategies for Procurement of Renewable Power

1. Legislating New Clean Energy Options- In 2017, the City of Philadelphia released a municipal energy master plan laying out a roadmap to drastically reduce the city's carbon emissions and transition municipal energy use to 100 percent renewables by 2030. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the city needed to locate new sources of renewable energy to meet increasing demand. City staff began exploring the potential for... more »

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