Not from the ground but from the discarded plastic that has already served it's initial purpose and is perceived to be worthless. There's been time and resources spent on plastic and it can be used over and over again so it's not worthless. There's also a misconception that plastic in itself is harmful to the environment. A more accurate statement... more »
Water conservation may move more and more into the forefront of the environmental protection spectrum in the coming years and decades. The best way to start saving water is by not wasting it and we can start right in our own homes.
The City of Calgary does an excellent job providing clean, great tasting water to its citizens. It is pumped into... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Community Renewables has been created to work towards The City of Calgary's Climate Resiliency Strategy by combining community initiative and clean, affordable, renewable energy to fortify energy security within our city (and province) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production and building infrastructure.
Qube Technologies is a Calgary-based start-up that has developed... more »
In Calgary alone there are approximately 90,000 diaper aged children, they use on average 5,000 diapers from newborn to potty trained, that is over 110,000,000 diapers a year! This does not include any adult... more »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »