Sustainability Resources

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Friday, 08 May 2015 15:11


O-NET is Olds’ community owned television, internet and telephone provider. Offering the fastest internet service in Canada and a range of over the top telecommunication services O-NET helps enable innovation in the community. O-NET and the Olds Connected Community Network are owned by the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development. Together they have helped differentiate the community. O-NET is connected to the Calgary Internet Exchange and is capable of making connections across the province. Visit: 

Friday, 08 May 2015 15:11

Mountain View Power

Mountain View Power is a boutique retailer of electricity, natural gas and green energy products. Mountain View Power has grown from serving residents primarily in Olds and Mountain View County to residents and business across the province. Owned by the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development this social enterprise is operated by volunteers for community benefit. The profit from every kilowatt and gigajoule of energy sold helps fund community initiatives and makes the area a better place to live and work.

Friday, 08 May 2015 15:10

Olds College

Our Vision: Olds College shall be the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management.

Our Mission: Is to create an environment for learning, inquiry, partnership, and communications that supports our students, our employees, and our communities in the service of society.

The Board of Governors has approved five Outcomes that form a structure for the development of associated performance measures. One of the five outcomes is on Sustainability.

Sustainability: Olds College will achieve sustainable operations based on multiple bottom line concepts.

In 2014, Olds College retained the services of Conscious Brands to help us develop a Sustainability Strategy. There are five Strategic Sustainability Goals.

  1. Environmental Operations: By 2030, Olds College will have created new revenue streams and reduced costs from their significant reduction of waste, water and carbon emissions.
  2. Sustainable Procurement: By 2030, Olds College will be recognized for adopting sustainability practices that has a healthy balance of operations risks and opportunities.
  3. Sustainable Transportation: By 2030, Olds College will have reduced reliance on fossil-fuels by 70% for the workforce and student populations to effectively and connectedly work and study, respectively.
  4. Sustainable Agriculture Instruction: By 2030, Olds College will offer “ first choice” academic programming in Canada around Holistic Sustainable Agriculture that, in turn, produces a new league of personal, community and business leaders.
  5. Self-Sufficiency: By 2030, Olds College will not be reliant upon public funding by diversifying revenues through leveraging an enterprise learning model and redefining private industry partnership.
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:34

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, is devoted to creating building interiors that produce less waste, respond to technology, and support its inhabitants for a long and vibrant life-cycle.


We are Doing It Right This Time, because last time with conventional construction, the computer power didn't exist to go from design, to real-time 3D, to specifications, to the production floor. Last time environmental sustainability wasn’t tied to the bottom line. Last time there was no such thing as being able to affordably manufacture individualized spaces. This time, DIRTT is giving clients and the interior construction industry a new way to Build better. This time we are doing it right.



DIRTT interiors are suitable for commercial offices, schools, hospitality, retail, and most areas of healthcare.  

  • Reception areas
  • Administration
  • Patient rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting areas
  • Refreshment stations


For more information, visit

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:31


Since you are paying for your power bill on a monthly basis anyhow, why not switch to a power co-operative that allows you to be an owner in the business? SPARK is Albertaʼs first member-owned retail power co-operative focused on renewable energy. At SPARK, we believe that we can do much better for conscientious Albertans by working together to take the role of power retailing into our own hands, and together, start moving the needle on how Alberta produces and consumes its power. Besides offering competitively priced non-renewable electricity options, we also provide our customers with the opportunity to power their home with 100% "Made in Alberta" renewable energy. SPARK’s Green Offset Program cuts through the red tape and regulatory barriers, and allows small solar and wind generators in Alberta to sell their excess renewable energy to SPARK's Green Power Rate customers. As a co-operative, we do not have any multi-million dollar salaries or corporate expense accounts to pay for. In fact, as a member owner at SPARK, you are entitled to a piece of our annual profits! Also, we plan to reinvest 70% of our annual profits into renewable energy projects in the province and you can help us decide how that is directed. It takes less than 5 minutes to sign up with SPARK. Join us today!



Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:21

Safer Calgary

The Safer Calgary coalition is a broad alliance of individuals and groups representing a common interest of decreasing the potential for preventable harm and death in the city of Calgary.

We do this by:

  • Gaining and maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to or prevent harm and death. This understanding will be supported by careful measurement and monitoring of key processes and outcomes with regular reports of this evolving understanding being offered to the community at large.
  • Recommending, initiating and reporting on coordinated activities that target gaps and opportunities uncovered in the evolving understanding of preventing harm in Calgary.
  • Mobilizing institutions, organizations, local communities, neighbourhoods and individual families and citizens.
  • Using expertise and understanding to build community and institutional capacity so that they are more resilient and more able to assist in the development of individual resilience.
  • Ensuring the diverse array of individuals in our community are able to access the knowledge and skills to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe.
  • Importing effective initiatives, knowledge and experience from outside the Calgary community for delivery in our city.
  • Contributing to a safe global community by leading and participating in activities rooted in the national and international community.
Sunday, 26 April 2015 16:06

Unstoppable Conversations

The Path to Transformation and The Courage to Rewrite the Future

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  Albert Einstein

Whenever a group of leaders wants to create a new future, when they want real change, they almost always look to change some “thing”…the people, the resources, the vision, the goal, the plan.  They rarely look at the culture or the past-based thinking that creates invisible and powerful limits to imagining and implementing what’s truly possible.

Because of this paradigm of past-based thinking, innovation is seen as a threat. Groups easily become invested in conversations for:

“How do we hang on to what we've already got?” 

“How do we win, even if others have to lose?”

“How do we survive?”

Same old paradigm.  Same old conflicts.  Same old results.  Same old world.

The net result of uninterrupted survival-based thinking is a slow and predictable downward spiral that crushes innovation, breaks collaboration, and suppresses leadership.  In times of rapid, unrelenting change it becomes invaluable to uncover and then alter ones past-derived and taken-for-granted thinking. After all, it is the past-derived thinking that has gotten us into this mess in the first place.

This interactive workshop will take you beyond your typical strategies for “getting by” and have you discover your paradigm of survival. The workshop will leave you able to rapidly see and change your hidden and automatic approach to innovation, collaboration, and leadership. It will leave you with a unique way to alter an otherwise predictable future.

You’ll see what others don’t see:  once you discover your own default approach you’ll  quickly identify them in others. This will leave you with entirely new actions to take that will make a difference in historically stuck relationships and situations.

You’ll say what others won’t say:  you will discover that the way you speak is part of a pattern that keeps situations stuck. It does take two to tango. You will create new ways of speaking that require others to also say different things; things that will move your mutual agenda forward with unprecedented velocity.

You’ll do what others can’t do: the result of both seeing and saying different things is that you’ll do different things, individually and as a group. You will naturally shed the bankrupt notion of independent action and discover the power of TRUE collaboration and partnership.

Saturday, 28 March 2015 20:45

Endeavour Scientific

Endeavour Scientific helps clients not only understand the latest science, but think critically about it. We help you access and understand the science you need to support decision making.


Saturday, 28 March 2015 20:26

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:58

Mountain View County


Mountain View County straddles the thriving Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Hwy 2) and is located directly between the thriving metropolitan region of Calgary to the south and the Central Alberta hub of Red Deer to the north.

Our land base features over one million acres, much of it rich fertile soil and lush grazing land; featuring a diverse agriculture and agri-business sector, underscored by thriving crop and livestock production.

Often referred to as “sure crop country,” the county is home to many producers using diverse and innovative farming techniques and practices. That ongoing focus on diversification and value-added agriculture means more producers are moving into specialty crops, tree and berry farms and food processing.

In addition to agriculture-based businesses, MVC features a number of thriving industries including: oil and gas processing and production, forestry, servicing, tourism, and outdoor adventure opportunities.