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Urban fruit and veggies, all you can eat!

You guys, strawberries! Calgary will become the urban agriculture capital of Canada by turning neighbourhood grass into gardens! Imagine a healthy city growing fresh veggies and fruit for all its citizens. Creating biodiversity, helping bees, enriching soil, teaching skills, growing local, eating local. Apricots to Zucchini, together we thrive!

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

We will attain a higher percentage of our food supply from within the boundaries of our own city! We will rely less and less on food from other places. Our city will become more and more self sustaining.

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

Add a gardens layer to the city’s mapping system. Create an app to connect volunteers to locations and to connect knowledgeable mentors to interested learners. Measure and track garden output vs. resources used.

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Calgary Green Produce Integration trending idea 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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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

Democratizing nature for a smart, healthy city

Equitable and resilient urban ecosystems lay at the foundation of a prosperous and smart city. Our program aims to use a spatial model to analyze Calgary’s neighbourhoods for equitable access to nature. Calgarians will be able to designate underserviced areas in their communities for ecosystem enhancement.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Epidemiological studies indicate an association between green spaces and various physical and psychological health outcomes. By developing a systematic approach to protecting, developing and managing our urban ecosystem, we will create opportunities for Calgarians to benefit from the free services described in the health literature such as stress reduction; immune system regulation; cardiovascular health, etc.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

100% of Calgarians will be within 400 metres of a meaningful nature experience. The City will have robust biodiversity models and datasets to support future ecosystem and development planning decisions.

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

Alberta health statistics and geospatial analyses will inform neighbourhood-level opportunity areas to reconnect Calgarians to nature. Communities will work with The City to implement, document and highlight biodiversity and nature enhancements within their neighbourhoods using apps supported by online datasets.

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