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Message from the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC The Alberta Chapter – CaGBC strives to transform Alberta’s built environment into sustainable homes, schools, offices, facilities and communities that minimize our carbon footprint while providing leading-edge environments for us all to enjoy.

Through education, advocacy, training and communication, the Alberta Chapter leads and accelerates Alberta’s transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings and communities.

In addition to the impressive gains in LEED certifications, the Alberta Chapter has introduced a number of innovative ways of spreading the green message. Examples include:

Tools and initiatives include the LEED rating system, the Living Building Challenge, Passive House, Smart Growth, Eco-Districts and the newly formed Canadian Green Schools Coalition. As well, the Chapter’s annual flagship event, the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium, has become the province’s premiere green building event, attracting decision-makers from all segments of the design and construction industries.

• the inaugural Alberta Green Apple Day in September 2013 at Okotoks’ Westmount Elementary School, focusing on the buildings where students learn, • the inaugural Alberta, and first international, Hack-a-Thon in November 2013, offering superior experiential education for professionals looking to qualify for LEED LEED-specific Continuing Education, and

Consider some of our other recent successes: • Roughly 9% of Canada’s LEED professionals reside in Alberta [1,077 in Alberta, 12,000+ in Canada]. • In 2013, Alberta LEED certified 3.3 square feet per capita. That is more than the U.S. state with the highest per capita rate of LEED certification. • As of Aug. 31, 2013, 100 of Canada’s LEED-registered schools were in Alberta - almost a quarter of all Canadian school projects. • To date, Alberta: - owns 209 of Canada’s total 1,573 LEED certifications, - was the first in Canada for registered LEED project area per capita, at 31 square feet/capita

• the current EcoHouse Design Challenge, inviting student and professional teams to design the ultimate eco-friendly house using recycled and/or materials available regionally. These achievements and initiatives represent tremendous commitment especially from our very generous sponsors and our volunteer Board of Directors. Without the sustaining support of these individuals, the leadership and innovation for which the Alberta Chapter has become known would not be possible. Thank you all. Finally, I look forward to seeing a record number of delegates at the 17th annual Alberta SBS, held this year again in Calgary. Look for program details in this issue of SAB Magazine. The one-day event again promises to refresh, inform and even entertain. Sincerely,

• In the past two years, the CaGBC and its Alberta Chapter provided over 20,000 hours of green building training and education to students and green building professionals.

Tanya Doran Executive Director Alberta Chapter - CaGBC

SPRING 2014 | Alberta FOCUS

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Alberta FOCUS - Spring 2014