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App: sustainABILITY

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Mission statement

As the world densifies and urban areas become a major hub for human social and economic growth, countries around the world are putting more emphases on urban sustainability. To achieve global sustainability and prosperity for all, The United Nations has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals, that aim to act as guidelines to achieve all goals by 2030. Goal 11 directly deals with Sustainable Cities and Communities and provides a basic outline of the targets.

Recognizing the importance of sustainability, The City of Calgary has developed sustainability strategies and goals. The first being The 2020 Sustainability Direction Report, which outlines the city’s sustainability tactics to make the city sustainable now without compromising future generations and their needs. The second is incorporated into Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP). The MDP outlines 6 city-wide policies for making Calgary a sustainable city: 1. Prosperous economy, 2. Shaping a more compact urban form, 3. Creating great communities, 4. Urban design, 5. Connecting the city, 6. Greening the city.

The city of Calgary is our home. Therefore, we decided to create an application for Calgarians which has the potential to empower citizens to make changes in their life and to help create more sustainable communities. The goal of this application is to bridge the gap between Calgary’s city-wide policies and its citizen engagement. Since sustainability can be defined in different terms by different individuals, this application allows the user to define what sustainability means to them on their own terms and evaluate the communities in their city based on their definition. We believe that greening the city, connecting the city, and city compactness are areas that individuals can have the most impact on by making achievable changes in their lives. These aspects are the focus of this application.

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Team Members

Sandra Simeonova: Sandra Simeonova (left) is a first-year MSc student in the Geomatics Engineering department at University of Calgary. She is a Department of Geomatics Alumni. Her research is focused in the area of digital imaging systems, mainly focusing on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s). Prior to her return to higher education in 2011, she worked as a travel agent, were her passion for travel and education evolved.

Dillon Pullano: Dillon Pullano (middle-left) is a second year MSc graduate student in Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary with a specialization in Land Tenure and GIS. His research topic is related to the development of a 3D cadastre. It focuses on spatial data structures and processes that could be implemented to digitally perform topological analysis between 2D and 3D objects. He completed his BSc degree in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2017.

For more information on Dillon’s research you can visit the University of Calgary’s Land Tenure and Cadastral Systems Research Group homepage at the following link: [https://www.ucalgary.ca/mikebarry/team](https://www.ucalgary.ca/mikebarry/team)

Rodrigo Silva: Rodrigo Silva (middle-right) is a second year MSc student in the Geomatics Engineering department at University of Calgary. He received his BSc in Computer Engineering from University of Pernambuco, Brazil. His current research is related to personalized route recommendation with the use of collaborative filtering techniques.

David Jarron: David Jarron (right) is a second year MSc student in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. His specialization is in Mobile mapping systems and image metrology, although he is interested at testing his skills in GIS application development. He completed his BSc in Geomatics engineering at the University of Calgary in 2017 and interned at the City of Calgary working on GIS legal survey data.