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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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Dr. Noel Keough, environmental design assistant professor of sustainable design and co-founder of Sustainable Calgary (SC) recently authored the organization’s 2011 State of Our City Report. The report takes an in-depth look at Calgary’s living environment, applying sustainable indicators such as housing affordability, transit usage, volunteerism, bird population surveys to track the long-term health and vitality of the city.

Beware of predatory male black bears

by Grady Semmens of UToday May 12, 2011

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