University of Calgary

Godo Stoyke

  • Doctoral Student

Biography

Godo Stoyke is an internationally acclaimed author and award-winning environmental researcher and presenter with a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta. Godo is a lead designer for zero carbon buildings and community infrastructure, integrated eco-industrial design, zero carbon retrofit recommendations, and entity-based greenhouse gas management strategies. He is president of Carbon Busters (www.carbonbusters.org), a sustainability consultancy focusing on deep green sustainable integrated community planning, energy efficiency, zero carbon design, sustainability strategy, and environmental education. His company has been assisting municipalities, school boards and commercial enterprises in Canada, the US and Europe to reduce their carbon and ecological footprints since 1993, specializing in cost-effective solutions. Under Godo's leadership, Carbon Busters has received Gold Champion level reporting status for all its Greenhouse Gas Action Plans submitted to the Canadian Standards Association.

Through its self-funding energy program alone, Carbon Busters has saved its clients over 78 million kilograms of C02 and over $26.4 million in utility bills. Godo has been living in an off-grid solar powered home near Edmonton, Alberta for 21 years. He has been a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional registered with the US Green Building Council since 2004. Godo has appeared on over 700 radio and television shows, sharing his expertise in the sustainability field. Godo’s second book The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbook was selected as a ”Book that makes a difference” by Sustainable Future in April of 2007. His third book, The Carbon Charter describes the world's most innovative municipal and state initiatives towards a zero carbon society (New Society Publishers, August 2009). Godo was selected as one of 50 Canadians making a difference by Green Living Magazine in 2008. Carbon Busters was part of an international design team (Bjarke Ingels Group big.dk and the Rocky Mountain Institute, rmi.org) that was selected by the governments of Bavaria and Munich for a 2010 competition to create a passivhaus/energy-plus Olympic Village for the proposed 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Munich. Godo is president and founding director of the 2011 non-profit corporation C Returns ({see-re-turns} "Cash, Carbon and Community"; www.creturns.com), whose mission is to green every home and community building in Alberta. C Returns was officially launched in April of 2012. He is currently working on a Ph.D. focusing on optimizing cold climate zero carbon building design for life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and economic cost at the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary. Godo has recently presented the results of his work and research at the Analytics, Big Data and the Cloud II Conference, Edmonton, The EVDS Ph.D. Forum, Calgary, LCA XII Life Cycle Assessment Conference, Tacoma, and Conference of the Assessment of Future Energy Systems (CAFES), Calgary. Upcoming presentations include participation in a panel at the Net Zero Conference in Irvine, California, Oct. 9-11, and Smart Cities Forum, Calgary, Nov. 8, 2013.

Zero Carbon Design

Optimizing smart grid-integrated cold climate zero carbon building design for life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and economic cost

Carbon footprint of green building retrofits

Carbon and energy footprint of green building rating systems

Peer-reviewed Publications

Stoyke, Godo, and Currah, R.S. 1993. Resynthesis in pure culture of a common subalpine fungus-root association using Phialocephala fortinii and Menziesia ferruginea (Ericaceae). Arct. & Alp. Res. 25: 189-193.

Stoyke, Godo, Egger, K., and Currah, R.S. 1992. Characterization of sterile endophytic fungi from the mycorrhizae of subalpine plants. Can. J. Bot. 70: 2009-2016.

 Stoyke, Godo, and Currah, R.S. 1991. Endophytic fungi from the mycorrhizae of alpine ericoid plants. Can. J. Bot. 69: 347-352.

Miscellaneous Publications, Books (selection)

Stoyke, Godo, and Getachew Assefa. 2013. Optimizing smart grid integration of cold climate net zero building design for life cycle greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and economic cost (poster). Net Zero North American Leadership Summit. Irvine, California, Oct. 8-11, 2013.

Stoyke, Godo. 2013. Smart Homes and Smart Garages - How Big Data is Revolutionizing an Integrated Grid. (presentation) Analytics, Big Data and the Cloud II Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, May 13-15, 2013.

Stoyke, Godo and Getachew Assefa. 2012. Life-cycle energy and CO2e of leading green building performance systems: a comparison of certified LEED, BREEAM, PassivHaus net zero (ZEB) and zero carbon buildings. Proceedings of LCA XII, Tacoma, Washington, 25-27 September, 2012, American Life Cycle Assessment Association.

Stoyke, Godo and Getachew Assefa. 2012. New method to determine life- cycle CO2e of green building retrofit options, incorporating remaining embodied CO2e of extant systems. Proceedings of LCA XII, Tacoma, Washington, 25-27 September, 2012, American Life Cycle Assessment Association.

Stoyke, Godo and Richard Krause. 2012. Health Sciences Association of Alberta: Environmental Sustainability Plan for Measurement, Reduction and Reporting on HSAA Operations Which Produce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Carbon Busters, Edmonton, Alberta.

Stoyke, Godo and Getachew Assefa. 2011. "The environmental and economic world behind buildings: the case of life cycle design of a zero-carbon building." Poster, Conference of the Assessment of Future Energy Systems (CAFES), Nov. 3-4, Calgary, Alberta.

Stoyke, Godo and Mano, S. 2011. Greening the Avenue Foundation's Green Guide to Business: A Case Study. Greening the Avenue Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta.

Stoyke, Godo. 2009. The Carbon Charter: Blueprint for a carbon-free future. New Society Publishers.  ISBN 978086571634. 

Stoyke, Godo. 2007. The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy  Handbook: Slowing Climate Change and Saving Money. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island. ISBN 0865715696.

Stoyke, Godo.1996 (2nd Edition). Environmental School Program: A Teacher's Guide. Friends of the University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden, Edmonton, Alberta. 128 pp. ISBN 1-895692.

Teaching Assistant

Biol 200: Introductory Biology

Bot 205: Plant Structure and Function

Bot 208: Ecology for Agriculture and Forestry Students

Bot 301: Flora of Alberta II (Non-vascular Plants)

Bot 320: Community Ecology

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