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It is with great sadness that EVDS has heard of the passing of Marino Vardabasso. Marino was the faculty's IT person for an amazing 16 years. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and worked with here.

Marino's funeral will be held on July 12th at 10:30 a.m. at the McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home at 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.

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The Miistakis Institute, an Environmental Design affiliated research institute, was recently featured on Ward9TV with Alderman Gian-Carlos Carra. Discussing the Living with Coyotes Program, a joint initiative between the Miistakis Institute and the Department of Geography, the Institute has developed a monitoring system to track the movement of coyotes here in Calgary.

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We need to draw a line around the city and say “No” to urban development beyond it.

We can’t afford any more sprawling, auto-dependent suburbs. We used to grow food in Cranston, Tuscany, Taradale and Coventry Hills. Rural sprawl is out, too. No more developments like Springbank, Heritage Pointe or Bearspaw, where cattle once pastured or wildlife teemed. And certainly no more environmentally disastrous developments like CrossIron Mills, where an authentic rural community once prospered.

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I’m sure Their Royal Highnesses will be on their best behaviour when they descend upon Canada this week. If they’re not, we’ll all know about it in a heartbeat.

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Environmental Design professor Beverly Sandalack comments on 30 years of urban development and public transit growth in June's edition of The Calgary Journal.

“It was a pretty bold move when (the LRT system) was put in,” says Sandalack. “There was some sentiment that the city wasn’t dense enough to support it. So it was a really visionary thing to say, ‘no we are going to put it in’ despite the low density.”

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A University of Calgary student-led team building a solar-powered home for a high-profile international competition has received $600,000 in backing from Cenovus Energy. Cenovus Energy is joining Team Canada's project as title sponsor of the custom-built solar home, newly named the "Cenovus TRTL." "We're proud to sponsor Team Canada as they embark on this challenging project that may offer solutions to real world energy and housing issues," says Judy Fairburn, Cenovus Executive Vice-President, Environment & Strategic Planning.

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Construction starts tomorrow on the University of Calgary's entry in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The year's only Canadian entry in the competition will be the creation of University of Calgary's Environmental Design, Schulich School of Engineering, and Haskayne School of Business students, who are designing and building a safe, durable net-zero home that addresses critical issues in Aboriginal housing in collaboration with the Treaty 7 First Nations of Southern Alberta.

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MArch students Sek Chow and Elaine Chan recently placed in the top ten in the national Steel Structures Education Foundation's (SSEF) Architectural Student Design Competition. The competition was created to give students the unique opportunity to enroll in professional programs in Architecture in Canada. The competition provides incentive for teams to explore the detailed design of exposed steel systems.

Big cities everywhere grapple with similar issues: what is the best way to reduce urban sprawl, revitalize aging neighbourhoods and create more sustainable communities? Urban problems are complex for planners and often frustrating for residents who may feel their suggestions aren’t being heard.

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