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Noel has lived, worked and contributed to the communities of Calgary-Confederation for 30 years. He is married to Linda Grandinetti and they have a daughter entering her last year of high school at Queen Elizabeth. Noels is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design. Noel’s research interests include community sustainability indicators; affordable living; sustainable and low carbon cities and the social economy. His most recent projects focus on the transition of inner city industrial lands and the role of cooperatives and social enterprise in building a sustainable economy.
Co-founder of two not-for-profits: Sustainable Calgary Society and Civic Camp Calgary. Since 1996 Noel has worked a lead researcher or consultant on 5 ‘State of Our City’ community sustainability indicator reports for Sustainable Calgary Society as well as indicator projects for Banff, Alberta and as a member of the Canadian Index of Well-being National Advisory Group and the national working group of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation in preparation for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Noel served on the environmental working group of the imagineCalgary 100 year vision exercise and was a citizen-representative to the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan processes. More recently Noel has consulted with City of Calgary Office of Sustainability on the design of a tool for improving the effectiveness of indicator reporting for municipal policy-makers.
Noel is Board Chairperson for Plan Net Ltd., a small Calgary-based international development planning consultancy located in Kensington. He has worked on development projects, international collaborations and development project evaluations in Central and South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Thailand, Nepal and The Philippines. Noel recently served on the Mayor’s Advisory Panel for the Calgary Economic Development Strategic Plan. For the past 12 years he has served in various capacities on volunteer committees of the United Way of Calgary and Area.
In 2005 was honoured with an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta and in 2009 received the Jim Gray Safer Calgary award for contributions to making Calgary a Safer City.
Noel has a bachelor of Engineering degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and worked for 3 years as a drilling engineer in Calgary. Noel has both a Masters in Environmental Design and a PhD in Human Geography from University of Calgary.