Going Green

July 22, 2019 in Design, Environment

What do we mean when we talk about making buildings greener? It sounds pretty straightforward, but there’s no shortage of systems and terms to navigate –  passive houses, net zero homes or LEED certified buildings, life cycle assessments, energy efficiency and water conservation. And although the technical elements of going green are incredibly important, our guest today suggests that the definition of a green building is personal and individualized. Matt Grace is a green building engineer and the managing Principal at Integral Group in Calgary.

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An Environmental Gathering

April 16, 2019 in Environment

The other week, our team at Intelligent Futures set up at Alberta Ecotrust’s 4th Annual Environmental Gathering. The gathering brings together people with a variety of perspectives, including environmental nonprofits, consulting firms, youth, artists, oil and gas companies and government representatives.  It was a great opportunity for us to build on our work in community sustainability and environmental master plans and learn what other folks are doing to build a greener world for all of us.

This event covered a wide range of topics relating to the environment, especially in the context of Alberta. We were particularly curious to hear people’s perspectives about the relationship between urbanization, environmental protection, and economics. We asked attendees to answer a few different questions. This episode is a compilation of some of the conversations we had.

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Learn more about Alberta Ecotrust at www.albertaecotrust.com

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering

Sheri-D Wilson, Poet, Educator, Producer, Activist

Citizen Science in the City

February 19, 2019 in Environment

People often think about cities as being separate from nature, but the reality is that cities are intimately connected to the natural systems that support life. There’s a concept called ‘ecological services’ that is worth understanding when we think about our cities. Basically, ecological services talk about the activities that naturally occur in nature – for example a wetland naturally cleans water; a tree naturally cleans the air – all for free. As more and more people move to cities, it is important to continually improve how we integrate our natural and urban systems. With all that in mind, we wanted to talk to someone who understands the relationship between natural systems and cities. Danah Duke is the executive director of the Miistakis Institute.

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