Showing 36 ideas for tag "sustainable"

Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

Modular Zero-Energy Smart Homes

What if Calgary led the world in making affordable 'smart-homes'. Modular, attractive yet minimalist zero-energy 1 & 2 bedrooms units using upcycled materials wherever possible in existing under-utilized communities. Real-time monitoring for energy usage vs energy created & a vibrant marketplace for folks to sell excess energy back to the grid, enabling you to own your home outright sooner just by living better. If the... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Most houses, especially affordable ones, look at sustainability at the end of a long list of other features. This effort should appeal to folks looking to be a part of the solution instead of the problem, which is a growing demographic worldwide. It's ambitious because it takes on the climate challenge head-on in one of the key battlegrounds: where we live.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Decrease in Calgary's overall CO2 output. Database of individual users & associated energy usage/output. Number of Calgarians living a lower-to-no carbon lifestyle & number of new, clean energy living units. Overall carbon footprint for users, neighbourhoods, communities & the city of Calgary moving in the right direction.

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

Zero-energy technology and realtime monitoring is critical for this effort to be successful. What if you could check an app on your phone and track where you are on your energy output that month? The more you get ahead the closer you are to paying off your mortgage? Can you compete with your neighbours? Can neighbourhoods compete against one another etc?

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Innovative Energy Solution from the City's Landfill methane Gas Edited

Challenge: Landfill garbage decomposition creates methane gas which is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG). The city's Waste and Recycling Services is expected to expand, install and operate about 40 to 50 landfill gas collection wells, to help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) coming from Calgary landfills. The city of Calgary's vertical extraction wells then collect and convert this landfill methane gas to carbon... more »

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Existing Building Deep Retrofit and Fuel-Switching Pilot

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Identify an existing City of Calgary owned building that is nearing major system lifecycle renewals and pilot an energy-use reduction and fuel-switching project. The project will focus on the Alberta and Calgary specific barriers encountered in the process of transitioning existing buildings from fossil fuel based systems, to being fully electrified and/or connected to a renewable energy system.

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VDQ-NRG Systems Calgary waste reprocessing facility.

VDQ-NRG is planning the construction of the Calgary Waste Reprocessing Facility (CWRF), an innovative clean technology project repurposing landfill waste into alternative energy sources and valuable byproducts, while being environmentally sustainable and economically viable. The facility will process 40,000 tons of waste per year collected from the restaurant and fast-food industry in Calgary, and offset 60,000 tons of... more »

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Startup to provide sustainable co-housing and provide jobs

A startup that will provide venture capital for co-housing of different types (community, dorm-style) and create jobs is what the city needs. This is not a typical social housing but catered to those who are working or receiving pension or new to the City with annual income of $xxxxx. The idea of living in an affordable "community" and make it sustainable or even create jobs that members would be benefit from is timely.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

We heard of families or citizens struggling during the economic downturn, unable to pay mortgages. There's so much hype on home ownership which eventually drive prices up and so in a downturn, people are not prepared for the worse.

The City of Calgary should be a "leader" in shifting the paradigm that "home ownership" is not about pricey homes or getting mortgages. It's about making living sustainable and affordable, thus creating "happy" citizens.

The idea is inspired by San Francisco's StarCity model (http://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-middle-class-moving-to-community-housing-starcity-2018-3) and Netherlands' cohousing initiatives (http://www.lvcw.nl/teksten/Cohousing%20in%20the%20Netherlands%20-%20as%20presentated%20at%20the%20Summit.pdf)

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The startup business model (venture capital, business group, resources, business monitoring, etc.)

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

You can make use of current technologies like 3D print a home (https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/07/apis-cor-3d-printed-house/) or use of recycled lumber, home smart solutions that you can monitor via an Apple iPad or Android tablet.

Residents can respond to surveys like measure their happiness or satisfaction, monitor success or failure of their work or business, etc.

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Energy generation from waste

Waste is a non-stop issue globally. The idea we're bringing is to re-think waste as a resource. This encompass planning from consumers site to the final place where waste is converted into a resource. 

The idea we're bringing encompasses environmentally friendly means of collecting waste and proper processing of waste. This process will eliminate waste going to the landfill and produce items used day-to-day. Our goal... 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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Calgary Green - Sustainable Development Standard

Calgary Green provides a comprehensive standard and supportive framework to drive triple bottom line sustainability through the implementation of mandatory requirements for new and existing private development. The requirements are specific, relevant, achievable, quantifiable, and allow for continual improvement and innovation in 12 key performance areas related to: energy, carbon, potable water, stormwater, land, dark... more »

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Outdoor Clothes Drying

Many communities have a blanket ban on outdoor clotheslines or dryers. Changing City policy to ensure that communities cannot ban these would allow people to use outdoor drying, reducing significantly the energy consumption of electric dryers for much of the year.

https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/drying-clothes-with-less-energy

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Solar Tiling 10-1000x

Our research at http://www.YSolar.org has noted a remarkable modification, which should be applied everywhere and will improve the efficiency of solar energy systems 10-1000x over traditional. 

 

Our patent-pending technology, if applied in Calgary, with 300+ days of sun a year, could yield from public buildings and spaces sufficient green energy to lead the globe in a revolution of science for health.

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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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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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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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Solar Potential of Calgary Transit Infrastructure

The City of Calgary has an opportunity to take action towards a cleaner energy future for the city, by utilizing existing transit infrastructure for the ease of implementation of solar technologies the City can accelerate its goals of reaching NetZero by 2050. The ownership of ENMAX and the infrastructure allows for an optimal situation in implementing solar technology along transit corridors. The use of solar technology... more »

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