Monthly Archives: November 2009

NEXT WEDNESDAY! Where are they NOW?!

SEEDS presents: “Where are they NOW?!”

Past graduates help current students see their future after university!

With the end of another semester, it is important to take a step back and ask what life after university can hold. To help you figure it all out, SEEDS presents “Where are they NOW?!”. Featuring two graduates from Carleton’s own Environmental Engineering program, Where are they NOW?! will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Building room 4332. Please RSVP by clicking here (not required but it helps us).

The two invited speakers, Jodi Johnson and Selena Fraser, will be speaking about their experiences in the job market since leaving Carleton University and answering any question you may have. Jodi Johnson was part of the first graduating class of Environmental Engineers at Carleton in 1996 and is now a professional engineer working for the City of Ottawa. Selena Fraser graduated in 2005 and is now working at Marbek, an energy and environmental consulting firm.

Details for Where are they NOW?!

  • Guest Speakers: Jodi Johnston and Selena Fraser
  • Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 4332, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive

** Snacks and Refreshments will be provided. **

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Vote for Your Favorite Logo!

The logo competition has now closed and here are all the submissions! Have a look and vote for your favorite below (the voting box is found at the end of this post).

Cloverleaf Design: The green cloverleaf pattern was inspired by the picture used as a background on the SEEDS’ blog.  It could be taken to represent a stylized cloverleaf or the top view of a young seedling.  The cloverleaf has four petals could mean a number of things, such as (A) four-leafed clovers are lucky, (B) four programs are represented by the SEEDS group (Environmental Engineering, Science, Management and Design) but mainly, (C) four leaves look cooler than three.

Clover Logo

Cloverleaf Design

Maple Leaf Design: The seed shown at the centre of this design is a symbol of growth. The seed is surrounded by two protecting arcs to represent the care to be given to the environment from the students. Connecting the arcs makes an “S” shape, the first letter in the acronym “SEEDS”. The arcs end in maple leaf tips, a national symbol of Canada.

Maple Leaf Design

Puzzle Design: If you look closely you you can read the word “SEEDS” from the puzzle shapes. The yellow “e” shapes represent seeds and the other green shapes are the roots and sprouts that grow from the seeds. This logo is symmetrical and each element is made from a single uniform shape. I hope that you find this logo is interesting and visually pleasing. The interconnectedness of the pieces represents the way that:

  • Different elements in the environment are linked
  • Different schools are linked
  • Different focuses of SEEDS (professional, academic, social and outreach) are linked.
Puzzle Logo

Puzzle Design

Tree & World Design: The roots of the tree are holding the world globe to represent the protection of the environment given by growing more seeds on the globe. The wavy lines are the clean water that results from growing more trees. The whole logo illustrates that a seed is the source of having and protecting the environment and indicating that the name “SEEDS” is a good representative for the organization’s mission.

Tree and World Logo

Tree & World Design

Simple Design: I wanted a simple logo that would say a lot. The seeds underneath the “d” represent us: the SEEDS group, working toward a great cause. The cute little leaves sprouting on top of the “d” symbolize hope of a new beginning and of a positive change (that will have been brought about by us!). However, a friend of mine pointed out that the letters look somewhat like leaves. If you think so too, I have to admit that this was unintentional (talk of a happy accident!)

Simple Design

World Design: One seed is small and maybe unremarkable but many seeds is quite different. This logo is composed of many small dots which represent the individual members of SEEDS. By working together these individuals can make a significant change in the lives of other members and in the lives of people in the community. That is what this logo represents.

World Design

World Design

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Under Pressure

For those who like to work under pressure will be glad to hear that … the deadline for the logo competition has been extended until this FRIDAY (Nov 20). Please submit a short description and an electronic copy of your design to

Need some inspiration?  Here are some of my favourite logos.

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OGG Talk Tomorrow

For those of you going to the OGG Talk tomorrow, Nov. 17, there is a group of students meeting in the Minto Foyer (at Carleton University) tomorrow at 11:15 and walking over to the event. The talk is tittled Water Related Excavation Problems for Amphitheatres in Quebec City and costs $10 for students, which includes lunch. For more information on this event please click here.

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Submit your Logo Designs!

All submissions for the design of the SEEDS logo must be received by midnight on NOV 15. Submit all files to and see this post for more details!

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OGG Lunch Presentation: Water Related Excavation Problems for Amphitheatres in Quebec City

On November 17th, the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is having a very interesting lunch presentation. The talk titled Water Related Excavation Problems for Amphitheatres in Quebec City will be given by Professor Robert Chapuis, a professor from École Polytechnique de Montréal. To attend this event you must RSVP to by noon on Friday, November 13, 2009. Additional details can be downloaded from the “files” section on the right hand side of this page.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
  • Time: 11:45 am: Registration, 12:00 pm: Lunch (Hot Buffet), 12:45 pm: Presentation
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Admission: $10 for students (pay at door)
  • Abstract: Two public amphitheatres were built in 1982 in Québec City. Their foundations required excavation in uncontrolled backfill materials along the St-Lawrence River. Old wooden wharfs were known to have been buried in backfill materials, and thus a large water inflow was expected to occur there and to depend on tide levels. An impressive pumping system was used. The pumped flow rate reached 114 m3/min at the highest tide. The origins of these water inflows were determined with the help of old drawings, boreholes, water tests and tracer tests. Most pumped water was coming through cobbles and boulders backfilled around a sewer pipe 2.1 m in diameter. This presentation will describe the work carried out to control the exceptional water inflows in order to complete the foundation and structure within the required schedule.

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A&WMA 2010-2011 Scholarship

If you are a graduate student pursuing a course of study and research leading to a career in air quality; waste management; or environmental management, policy, or law, you are eligible to apply for A&WMA’s 2010-2011 scholarships!

The Air and Waste Management Association or A&WMA will be awarding over $22,000, so be sure that you submit your application by December 15, 2009 so you don’t miss out.

Please visit for more information or to apply.

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