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Dale Hodges Park

Sans façon; Watershed+; City of Calgary; AECOM; O2 Planning + Design; Source2Source; Wilco Contractors Southwest Inc.

Dale Hodges Park

Dale Hodges Park is at once a stormwater facility, a public park and an art installation.

That threefold purpose was born out of the City of Calgary’s WATERSHED+ program, which brings together planners from Parks and Water Resources as well as artists from Public Art.

Artists like Tristan Surtees of Sans façon.

“The idea was that artists would help create an ...

Sustainable Development Project Phase IX Rooftop Solar Array

Cochrane High School Sustainable Development Committee

Cochrane High School Sustainable Development Committee

Around 2004, Stephanie Bennett helped jumpstart the Cochrane High School Sustainable Development Committee alongside another teacher.

The first iteration of the student-run club raised close to $50,000 and installed the first set of solar panels on the school’s roof.

“Everything just kind of took off from there and we just haven’t looked back,” says Bennett. “It’s just one group after another after another ...

First Canadian Municipal Long Range Electric Buses

City of St. Albert

St. Albert Electric Buses

In 2017, St. Albert became the first municipality in Canada to own a fleet of long-range electric buses.

Mayor Cathy Heron, who served as a councillor from 2009 until being elected mayor in 2017, says the move fits in with residents’ concerns for the environment.

“They would have pushed us if we hadn’t gone down this road,” she says.

The city ...

Inside Education: Youth Environmental Leadership Summits

Inside Education

Inside Education

Steve McIsaac says when experiential learning group Inside Education started doing youth environmental leadership summits for students in 2011, they were answering a need that was already there.

“We believe and we have learned from students that they’re fundamentally disinterested in waiting until some magical day, in quote marks, ‘when I grow up,’ to make a difference,” he says.

The typical summit sees ...

W.I.L.D. Program for Outdoor Adventuring

Rocky View Schools – École Manachaban Middle School

École Manachaban School W.I.L.D. Program

In Australia, some schools include semesters spent at remote outdoor campuses where hiking and kayaking are regular features of the curriculum.

When Nancy Pollard returned after a few years teaching in the land down under, she wanted to bring that style of education to Canada.

“I just thought we have to make this happen,” Pollard says.

“There has to be a ...

Conserving Alberta’s Most Fragmented Ecoregion

Edmonton and Area Land Trust

Photography: Hoopla MediaThe area surrounding Edmonton is considered the most fragmented and densely populated ecoregion in Alberta. In the 1990s, public support for a local land trust began to build. Six organizations wanting to conserve native habitats through public engagement joined forces to create the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT). With only six volunteers, limited public visibility and no properties with which to rally donor support by 2007, ...

Sustainability Leadership Council

MacEwan University

SLC

MacEwan University’s Office of Sustainability launched the Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) in 2016 as a means for students to make their dream sustainability projects come to life. The SLC’s volunteer squad has grown from 10 to 35 people and has been involved in over 20 projects since its inception.

Since 2017, the SLC has partnered with the City of Edmonton’s Compost Doctor to host four ...

Natural Asset Mapping: A strong tool for effective local and regional conservation planning, protection and stewardship

City of Edmonton

unnamedWith the release of the Government of Alberta’s Primary Land and Vegetation Inventory (PLVI) in 2010, over 75% of rural Alberta was described by this and other provincial land-cover inventories. While the project mapped rural parts of the province, densely populated urban areas were simply classified as combinations of residential or industrial development and neglected to recognize municipal natural assets such as stormwater ponds and urban agriculture which provide ...

SPUD.ca: Let’s Not Waste!

SPUD.ca

Emerald2-0002Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) sources and delivers local groceries to their customer’s doorsteps. Since expanding to Alberta in 2005, the company has modelled how a social enterprise can “change the world, one bite at a time”.

Part of SPUD’s commitment to sustainability has been to model how food waste can be minimized in innovative ways. Pre-ordered online purchases mean no in-store displays ...

Empower Me Alberta

Empower Me

Emerald2-0001More than one in five of Albertan households pay more than double the national average of the percentage of their income on their utility bills. Empower Me, Alberta’s first energy efficiency program targeted at hard-to-reach communities, bridges cultural and language gaps by informing people from multilingual, multicultural, and vulnerable communities about important energy and utility consumer protection education. Michelle Riccetto, Business Development Manager at Empower Me, ...