We hope everyone had a fantastic summer! Our Get Engaged! newsletter is back and will resume regular publication.
September 4, 2019
In this issue:
Faces of Community 2020 nominations open!
Energizing Spaces Round 2 Deadline
GenWell Project wants you to get connected
Guidebook for Great Communities
… and more!
Faces of Community 2020 nominations open! Do you know a community volunteer who is a motivation and inspiration to others? Have their efforts positively impacted the community they volunteer in? Nominate them to be a Faces of Community 2020! Nominations close October 13. Click here to learn more or to submit a nomination!
Don’t miss out on ActivateYYC project funding
Summer is coming to an end… but ActivateYYC grant recipients are not slowing down! There are a number of activations happening throughout the fall and we still have a bit more funding to give out. If you’ve been waiting to apply, now’s the time – get started before the snow falls! We are still accepting applications, with all projects to be completed by December 2019. Check out our website for all the details and email Mackenzie with any questions.
Guidebook for Great Communities
The City has released a new version of the Guidebook for Great Communities (formerly the Developed Areas Guidebook). This document will guide how Calgary will evolve and how development will occur in the City. Click here to learn more.
Energizing Spaces Round 2 Deadline
September 30 is the deadline for round 2 of Energizing Spaces! The Energizing Spaces Fund is a reimbursement grant for Federation members to replace old energy sucking electric appliances with new, energy efficient models, and to upgrade old outdoor facility or ice rink lighting to LED fixtures. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 per application, per year. This is the final round for 2019. Click here to learn more or to apply today!
GenWell Wants You To Get Connected! The GenWell Project, the global human connection movement, is rallying people to get connected face-to-face on GenWell Weekend, September 20, 21, and 22. Spending time with others reduces anxiety and depression, increases empathy, compassion and resilience and can make you live longer. Click here to register your intention to get connected and help make the world a happier and healthier place!
Toole Peet Insurance has developed a great resource on 2019 liability trends that you and your board of directors need to be aware of! Click here to learn more about the liability trends or contact your Toole Peet Insurance provider with any questions and to ensure that you are properly covered.
Apply for Calgary Foundation’s Community Grants
The Calgary Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for their Community Grants program for the September 15 deadline. Grants come in a variety of sizes depending on the scope and scale of activities but are looking to engage citizens and strengthen charities. Click here to learn more about the Community Grants program.
Energy Saving Tip: Occupancy V.S. Vacancy Sensors
Do you know the difference between a light occupancy sensor and vacancy sensor and when each is preferred over the other? Occupancy sensors automatically turn lights ON/OFF when motion is detected/not-detected. Vacancy sensors require a user to turn ON lights and then automatically turns OFF the lights when it can no longer detect motion. Click here to contact our Energy Manager, Adeniyi, to learn more!
Boost Your Chances of Success in Community Action
CDLI Calgary is hosting a five part learning series for people who are passionate about creating positive change in their communities called Boost Your Chances of Success in Community Action. Topics that will be explored include: leadership, community change, community visioning, community conversations, asset mapping, ally building, communication, and planning. For more information and to register click here.
Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month. Be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates!
1.Guidebook for Great Communities and Toward a Renewed Land Use Bylaw
The City has released a new version of the Guidebook for Great Communities (formerly Developed Areas Guidebook), which can be accessed by clicking the link above. This document will guide how Calgary will evolve and how development will occur in the City. Administration is also working towards renewing the Land Use Bylaw based on the new Guidebook. The proposed framework can be accessed by clicking this link: A Framework for a Renewed Land Use Bylaw & Outline for New Districts
2. Citizens and Students Planning Workshop
Does your community have some great urban design ideas, but needs help getting them noticed? Then you should apply for the community partnership project with the Master of Planning students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in the University of Calgary. The partnership involves working with selected community associations on a variety of planning issues related to both short term problem solving and long-term visioning of community enrichment opportunities. We would like to invite you to a Citizens and Students Planning Workshop. The workshop will be at the City Building Design Lab (former downtown library) from 6:00-8:00pm. Please register by clicking the link above. Please join us to discuss current challenges affecting our communities and find out how you can be involved in the Community Partnership process.
3. PARK(ing) Day Calgary 2019
The City is hosting its fourth annual PARK(ing) Day event on Friday, September 20 from 12:00-6:00 pm. PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where artists and citizens collaborate to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public spaces, with the hopes of inspiring conversations and sparking imaginations on how public spaces can be used. PARK(ing) Day takes place along Kensington Road N.W and Kensington Crescent. Click the link above for more information.
4. Sunnyside Flood Mitigation
The City is currently working on implementing flood mitigation measures by constructing a permanent flood barrier in Sunnyside that will help the City manage flood water and prevent significant damage like that experienced in 2013. If you would like to learn more about the options being considered or would like to provide feedback, there will be an open house on September 24 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Sunnyside School. Click the link above for more details.
Tip-Sheet – Slow the Flow of Traffic
Its back to school time! As the crosswalks, roads, schools and communities become busier with students of all ages heading back and forth to school, here are some safety resources that provide useful tips on pedestrian and traffic safety.