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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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Calgary Smart Energy Grid Netowrk

Calgary when looking to become a smart city needs to look at creating a network that can help us manage city systems and help deliver power and other services to the population. This network would need to be secure and run outside the regular consumer internet network.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

The will have a reliable network for future urban technology developments that is secure and that they can rely on.

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

We can make it happen by integrating the network into the electrical grid using internet over power lines. By having this network separated and secure using new technology we can better manage and monitor infrastructure needs. This will require partnerships with new industry and business, but will bring a wealth of new industries and jobs related to the network, but also businesses that are enticed by the convince of an urban smart city network.

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Cohousing: Affordable, sustainable and social supportive

Cohousing is a Denmark concept. It describes neighborhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. The concept of sharing spaces and everyday lives It is also an affordable and sustainable living way with energy saving effects of sharing common spaces, and an example of community living.
It is a solution for low-income people but also for insolate people... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Create a sustainable community where neighbours learn to support each other. Bring economical and mental health benefits to the community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Energy saving effects of sharing common spaces. By pooling resources to build and maintain common eating, dining and recreational facilities, savings on materials, manpower and ongoing energy and maintenance costs are significant.

Read more: What is Cohousing and How Does it Work? | Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/072215/what-cohousing-and-how-does-it-work.asp#ixzz5Ayjy8F2i

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

Applying green energy concepts to make those smart buildings and sustainable communities.

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REDUCTION IN GHG EMISSION BY DECENTRALIZED COMPOSTING

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As per our understanding from your data, in 2015 a total of 240,600 tonnes of organic waste was disposed at City of Calgary landfills. It is expected that the amount of organic waste sent to city landfills for disposal will be reduced to 79,600 tonnes per year (TPY) by 2025. The centralized Shepard composting facility installed by City of Calgary has capacity to compost 145,000 TPY of organic... 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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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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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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Cocoflo Gamification of Utilities for Citizens

"The transition to a cleaner, prosperous economy needs to be both an immediate priority and a sustained effort over the years and decades ahead." -Challenge Champion: Mayor Naheed Nenshi

A small shift in customer consumption and education will have an immediate impact on the sustainability efforts. If citizens are able to see the immediate benefits of starting a load of laundry to run overnight or setting their electric... more »

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Loan Guarantees for Net-Zero Emissions Projects

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A partial loan guarantee program for property owners financing innovative retrofit projects on the path to net-zero emissions.

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Mobilizing private capital for innovative energy projects will be critical to put Calgary on the path to net-zero emissions. Accessing affordable capital is a barrier for many property owners, especially when considering completing a deep energy retrofit. Planning... more »

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Oil Well Geothermal Conversions

GeoGen Technologies Inc. is a Calgary-based cleantech startup that provides an innovative way to convert depleted oil and gas wells into micro geothermal electric power sources. GeoGen seeks to pioneer the micro geothermal industry by converting depleted oil or gas wells into a 75-150 kW electric power source. This new technology addresses a critical problem in the power industry by providing renewable baseload power... more »

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Geothermal Aquaponics for Local Food Supply & Security

The COVID-19 pandemic brought significant disruption to Canada's food supply chains; however, even before the pandemic ~1.2M Canadians did not have consistent and reliable access to fresh, healthy food. The solution to this challenge is straightforward…we must grow what we eat, where we live. If we can find a way to achieve this goal while also reducing the carbon footprint of our food production systems, all the better.... 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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SolarSteam + Platform Calgary Solar Thermal Rooftop Installation Edited

IDEA: SolarSteam + Platform Calgary Solar Thermal Rooftop Installation

In response to the Mayor's Innovation Challenge we propose a new, lightweight solar thermal roof over the existing Platform Innovation Centre. There are very few roof-top applications of this technology anywhere else in the world and we have a novel idea that will help establish Calgary as a world leader in energy transformation and innovation. SolarSteam... more »

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Calgary's Municipal Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) Program trending idea

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to the voluntary or regulated activities of companies that serve to responsibly integrate social, environmental and economic goals into their operations. As CSR is gaining traction with top corporations around the world, it is not limited to conventional for-profit corporations. Structured like a corporation but with an innate duty to serve its citizens, local government is... more »

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