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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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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Cultivating Community through Creativity

February 4, 2019 in Art & Culture, Community

“The artists musicians and designers, they make the city colourful. And they bring life to the city. And even if you don’t think you like art or music, you probably do, and you probably enjoy those type of people in your city, because they really create that culture and create that community.” – Angel Guerra

In 2018, Market Collective celebrated their 10 year anniversary. A lot has changed for the company since their humble beginnings in 2008. John talks with Angel who has been running this Calgary-based artisan market since day one. Angel, along with co-founder Angela Dione, decided to chip in $50 each to launch Market Collective together. The result? In the last three years alone, the markets have generated $5 million in sales for local artisans and artists.