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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Energy Benchmarking for an Action Plan Edited

Existing buildings in Calgary account for one third of city's GHG emissions. That's great information to start, and access to more refined data could enable the City to create effective policies and incentives to address GHG emissions in the buildings sector. Emissions can largely vary within the buildings sector according to their attributes such as year built, type of occupancy, construction type, systems, etc. With... more »

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Vanadium Redox Battery for Energy Demand and Grid Stabilization trending idea Edited

Challenge: In the city of Calgary, electricity and natural gas are used to cool, heat, run appliances, and keep the lights on in buildings, and as a consequence, release almost 65 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Calgary. The City's climate resilience plans in Buildings and Energy Systems proposes investments in building energy efficiency and renewable energy, presenting an opportunity for energy savings... more »

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Clean Hydrogen to Reduce Emissions at Shepard Energy Centre

A steam methane reformer hydrogen production facility with carbon capture and storage to supply clean hydrogen (a blend of 5% to 30% with natural gas) for electricity generation at the Shepard Energy Centre. This will reduce CO2 emissions per MWh by up to 10% and sequester 170,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Steam methane reforming (SMR) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are proven technologies with decades of reliable... more »

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Greenhouse heating using existing oil wells

Greenhouses, fish farms and grain drying industries utilize several 1000's GJ of natural gas per year, making heating one of the top operating expenses. With introduction of carbon tax this expense is further increased. We propose utilizing the geothermal potential of suspended oil wells for direct heating purposes. 

Our simple thought is, "When the need is heat, why not use heat directly". Alberta has over 6,000 suspended... more »

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Eco Friendly Waste Converter

Summary: The proposed solution will have a measurable impact on moving The City towards net-zero emissions by converting landfill waste to usable thermal and electrical energies. This invention not only provides the community with electrical energy but solves the municipal problem of garbage recycling.

Project Description: The main idea of our proposal is the integration of market available waste-to-energy converter... more »

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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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Net Zero Plan for Municipalities

Most municipalities have published a goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040 to 2050. While these goals are often possible, most municipalities do not have a detailed plan on how to achieve them. Municipalities are taking steps to track their energy and carbon emissions, but this only shows the magnitude of the problem and not how to solve it.

Buildings within cities consume a great deal of energy and generate... more »

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Commuter bike lanes to parallel transit/BRT corridors

A healthy and green city. A city that moves. A city of safe and inspiring neighborhoods. Reduced carbon emissions. Healthier people. Reduced traffic congestion. Reduced traffic accidents. These are the objectives of the City of Calgary and its constituents.

These objectives can all be achieved by amending the standard design guidelines and creating a policy to mandate separated, protected commuter bike lanes as part... more »

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Policy for Minimizing Energy Usage/ Light Pollution

Creating a policy that would apply to all City buildings, and eventually extend to all new approved development and redevelopment permits, to require lights to be off in building spaces during unoccupied hours (i.e. from 11 pm till 5 am).  The policy could provide flexibility for on demand pushbutton lighting, movement sensors or other timed technologies (smart buildings) so that lighting would be dependent on human presence. ... more »

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Building Energy Code for Calgary Edited

Buildings account for approximately 1/3 of Calgary's GHG emissions. In order to address this issue, Alberta (including Calgary) has been adopting the National Energy of Canada for Buildings (NECB) under the Building Code for several years. The NECB code is funded, developed and published by the federal government and is voluntarily adopted by provinces and territories as the local energy code. While NECB provides a great... more »

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GeoExchange Energy Mapping Potential for the City of Calgary Edited

Shallow geoexchange is a low carbon heating and cooling technology which can make a significant contribution in reaching the ambitious net-zero emissions goals for the City of Calgary. The GHG emissions related to the heating and cooling of City facilities as well as at the residential level make up a substantial fraction of the overall GHG emissions as most existing systems are highly dependent on the combustion of fossil... more »

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Net-Zero Carbon - Arena Challenge

CSEC, The City of Calgary, and CMLC have an amazing opportunity to be trailblazers in the nearly once-in-a-lifetime process of constructing a world-class arena. Setting some remarkably ambitious and bold net-zero energy/carbon goals would put Calgary in a position of exceptional climate leadership and would ensure the operational carbon emissions over the long life of the newly constructed building are in line with future... more »

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Lightspark Software Submission for Mayor's Innovation Challenge

By the year 2050, Calgary has committed to an 80% reduction in city-wide emissions below 2005 levels. The City of Calgary's Climate Resilience Strategy has identified addressing emissions from the residential housing sector as a critical plank in ensuring its sustainable

Prosperity. According to the most recent census data, Calgary has over 400,000 single family homes so figuring out how to renovate the current housing... 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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Paradigm shift - using Calgary's Assets for Renewable Energy

This proposal is to rapidly expand Calgary's renewable energy generation. The current system of approvals and integration into the existing grid is not conducive to the amount of activity required to meet Calgary's goals for renewable energy.

The current policies and systems in place can be modified to make use of the assets the City has: ideal locations, human resources, infrastructure, capital and ingenuity. A policy... more »

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