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Calgary Green Produce Integration 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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Vehicle Tire Pressure Maintenance

My idea has it's benefits of being simple, effectively cheap and with immediate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of operating vehicles.

It has been shown that there is a significant reduction in vehicle fuel efficiency when the tires are not kept at optimum pressure.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performed a study in 2012 and determined that "for every 1% decrease in tire pressure... more »

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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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Riverfront life

Calgary is blessed with 2 beautiful rivers running right through town. However ,unlike most other cities with similar natural assets, there is almost NO opportunity in Calgary to sit in a cafe, bar or restaurant on the waterfront. If you think about some of the great river cities in the world, they all make much better use of their water front for social and commercial purposes. Think about strolling from pub to pub... more »

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Cloverleaf Solar Panel

For major interchanges in Calgary that have a cloverleaf design, the space in between the cloverleaf off and on ramps is wasted space. I suggest that solar panels be inserted into this dead space which can be used to light the immediate surrounding area of that interchange in order to lower energy cost and consumption for the long term.

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Help Snow Plows Avoid Wind Rows

There is a company that manufactures and sells a gate that is attached to standard snow plows. When this attachment is secured to a standard snow plow, it helps (during plowing) guide the snow away from a driveway or side road -- thereby avoiding the creation of a "wind row". Many videos of this product are demonstrated on You Tube. Here is a name of a company I saw on You Tube: Ironex (Ken Sawchuk)

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Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Our city streets and communities are littered with cigarette butts. They are another form of waste in our society that could be collected, recycled or composted.

My idea is to create a cigarette butt recycling program that would encourage citizen to collect and recycle cigarette butts. Terracycle in Toronto already has a program to address this issue, but I think too few people know about it or are willing to ship and... more »

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Modular farming

Buildings similar to storage lockers could be built. ( employment for the trades)
in those buildings would house CONTAINER FARMS. (employment for manufactures)
The buildings provide a control environment for the container farms.
Reneable energies technologies could power the farms; solar, wind, geothermal.(employment for the New trades)
The container farms would be used to grow eatable products such as lettuce, herbs... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because of the positive impact it can have on the environment and employment. Normally container farming requires less space to produce a far greater yield. to feed the entire population of Calgary many building would be needed thus more work and potentially sell the produce to other cities.
the standard green house does not work in Calgary or there would be a great number of green houses around. that is why this is ambitious.
If Calgarians know where their vegetables are coming from and grown naturally maybe we would eat more vegetables and be a healthier city. this would also benefit the AHS.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By Yield of produce.
By employment numbers
By lower co2 emissions
By Financial data. Profit.

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

The use of computers could create the perfect environment for plants to thrive.
Data can help to determine the most beneficial and financial rewarding produce to grow.
Create the demand for renewable energy. the Buildings themselves could be used as power plants to collect and store wind and solar power to self sustain.

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The Green Cab & Delivery Ca.

THE GREEN CAB & DELIVERY CA., is born to tackle different issues that harass our cities with a very interesting business idea that can be easily replicated all over the country with help of the federal government, provincial governments and specific NGOs and private companies. And with the potential to become an international phenomenon. 

The first issue , in short, is the unemployments rates and economic struggle we... more »

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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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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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Save money and reduce our carbon foot print

With another tax upon us, the Carbon Tax, I have to ask does the City really want to help the citizens to save money and reduce our carbon foot print? I would like to see the City of Calgary help us do our part. Work on the ways cars are moving around the city. Some ideas for council which will not cost millions: After 10pm or later depending on the intersection, area or if it is a weekend, have the traffic division put... more »

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