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City Light Electricity and App Network (CLEAN)

The City Light Electricity and App Network (CLEAN) is an initiative that consists of a number of technologies that already exist in some form (in the areas of solar and wind energy; digital sensors; motion-activated street lights, the Smart Grid; EV technology; and mapping apps), but brought together in an innovative way to improve the city in livability, sustainability and community. The idea won the 2015 TechniCity... more »

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Affordable Housing

I am writing to you today with an idea that has come from several different personal observations. I live in the community of (Winston Heights)Mountview and aside from a few years away, have basically lived here for the majority of my life. I recently renovated and moved into what was my childhood home, in the same community after selling my own home, also in the ‘hood. The community itself is undergoing considerable... 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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Construction 3D Printing Addresses Carbon Reduction/Housing Need

Calgary is a dynamic and diversified city, yet it is overwhelmed with the same problems that plague every community across Canada; a lack of affordable housing and a loss of housing affordability. Based in Calgary, 3DPHC - 3D Printed Homes Corporation is a pre-commercial construction company created specifically to address this issue.

Using large-scale 3D print technology, 3DPHC is on the cusp of introducing printed... more »

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Dump the Olympics, save the province with renewable energy.

Calgary should instead of investing in an Olympic bid, and a potential Olympics that will cost this city billions of dollars, partially subsidize the construction of an electric car factory, solar panel factory and wind mill factory. If we do this, the rest of Canada can buy Canadian made electric vehicles, Canadian made solar panels and Canadian made wind mills. Renewable energy will take over the world and Alberta... more »

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Aquaponic community garden

Year round Community gardens using certifiably organic growing technique of aquaponics. We can sustainably and consistently grow organic food while creating an amazing atmosphere year round.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because using aquaponics growing techniques is the way of sustainable organic food production of the future. If done right aquaponics vertical farming grows up to 22x more food per year in the same square feet as terestial growing, using 5% of the water, and staying organic. Reduces our carbon footprint drastically by eliminating transportation of food. With modern lighting technology the cost to produce is reduced significantly. It would make a great gathering place for community. This is the future, we can be the first to do it as a city. To my knowledge anyway

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Personal health surveys.

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

With growing awareness aquaponics growing systems are being developed and improved around the world rapidly. The systems already exist we only need to implement them.

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Daylighting Creeks and urban wetlands

I'd like to see more natural stormwater management beyond just creating giant storm water ponds in new communities. I think the City needs to exploit natural streams and creeks that may have been undermined by construction in the past... It's happening everywhere else and creates a more resilient storm system. We need to bring water back into the city.

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Earthware Edited

Reusable container service for restaurant takeout and delivery

Earthware's sustainable initiative aims to unclog some of the waste caused by takeout/delivery containers (single-use plastic, styrofoam containers and even compostables) while simultaneously supporting the vital restaurant industry.

The process is easy - order takeout from your favorite participating restaurant, select the Earthware reusable container option,... 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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AI Shading – An energy efficient Smart Blind technology

Summary :

Buildings account for 76% of global electricity consumption and approx. 35% of that total building energy consumption is for air conditioning, heating, and ventilation. It's a tragedy, and an awful waste of energy-saving opportunities, to see window coverings like blinds and shades sitting idle and slacking in buildings. We are going to improve Calgary building energy efficiency one shade at a time.

How the... more »

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The SolFood Project trending idea

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Be it destructive hailstorms, as witnessed over the summer of 2020, or the extreme heat and drought which the prairie provinces are contending with, being a farmer or food producer is an arduous role. This is particularly true when one looks at the Calgary area, which faces unique challenges and uncertainty. For context, between the years of 1983 and 2008, insured crop loss claims in Alberta averaged $100mm.... more »

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Using recycled plastic lumber instead of treated lumber

We manufacture plastic lumber out of post consumer plastic generated from recycling programs in Alberta. Unlike other recycled products our goal is to utilize less desirable items like plastic bags, Tide containers etc. These items tend to end up in the landfill as there is a very limited market for the product. We have decided to change that we manufacture linear lumber, fence posts and and parking curbs in effort to... more »

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Skipcrete and Rebelwall

Wattle and daub have been used for at least 6,000 years and are still important construction materials in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Unfortunately, wattle and daub have nowhere near the strength that concrete has and perform poorly in earthquake... more »

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