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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Aine Keogh
Submission Date June 28, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Calgary
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Justin Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The University of Calgary competes in an international student-led competition called the Solar Decathlon challenge. A team of students design, build, and operate attractive, efficient and affordable, and sustainable solar-powered houses.

Teams must not only design and build a fully functioning solar powered home, complete with all the complex systems required to operate it, but also raise the required funds, and increase awareness of the benefits of sustainable design and alternative energy within their community. Student-led teams have just 2 years to complete all this, including have the home transported to the historic National Mall in Washington D.C., where the Decathlon takes place.

In 2013, Team Alberta, a partnership between the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, is building Borealis. Like the previous University of Calgary entries, Borealis is built to address specific local housing issues. Borealis aims to solve the shortage of affordable quality housing in remote regions of Alberta by designing a 930ft2 fully sustainable net-zero solar home.


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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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