Please help the SEEDS Team get to Orlando Florida to compete against schools across North America in the Environmental Challenge International by donating now! For this year’s challenge students developed a proposal, poster and oral presentation of how the U.S. can increase it’s use of renewable energy to 25% by the year 2025. You can donate securely to SEEDS by clicking on the image below using Paypal. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go along way in making sure we kick butt in Orlando!
Monthly Archives: May 2011
This morning I attended the AWMA breakfast seminar where Deidre Laframboise, founder of the Clean Air Champions (CAC), talked a little about their programs.
Clean Air Champions is a series of programs that gets Canada’s top athletes to talk to elementary and high school students about the health effects of air pollution and climate change and what they can do about it. The CAC programs are really impressive and well designed to fit into the curriculum and teachers are more than happy to have them come into their classrooms. Did you know that an athlete will inhale 10x more air in their lifetime than the average person? They also travel the world and know the effects of air quality first hand as they have to adjust to their training schedule to local air quality conditions. That, plus the fact that our top athletes have to overcome difficult challenges to compete at high levels and are great role models for kids makes our athletes a great fit for motivating kids to take action. In the past, Carleton alumni and Olympic athlete Sarah Boudens (www.sarahboudens.ca) was a clean air champion.
If you are a teacher and want to participate in the program, there are a number of programs available depending on the grade level of your students. For more info check out their website: www.cleanairchampions.ca
The 2nd Canadian Symposium on Aquitard Hydrogeology is set to take place from 21st – 23rd, 2011 at the University of Ottawa. The theme of this symposium will be ‘Aquitards for hazardous waste management and aquifer protection’ and the symposium is being presented by Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG), the University of Ottawa (UofO) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter (IAH-CNC).
The symposium organizers are now accepting abstracts for poster presentations pertaining to the characterization of aquitard systems, and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste within these formations (deadline of June 1, 2011). Student contributions are strongly encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for best student poster!
For more information, or to register for the 2nd Canadian Symposium on
Aquitard Hydrogeology, please visit: www.science.uottawa.ca/aquitard-symposium/
- Date: May 18, 2011
- Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Location: The Royal Ottawa Golf Course (1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, J9H 7L2 — right across from Champlain Bridge)
- Presentation: Oak Island Treasure (Pirate booty!) by Mr. Leslie MacPhie (Abstract available here)
- Admission: $50 per person, free parking, PAY IN ADVANCE ONLY
- RSVP: to Michel Timmons (at OGGtreasurer@hotmail.com) by NOON of May 20, 2011 (registration form available at OGG website: www.ottawageotechnicalgroup.com)
The next edition of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the AWMA (OVC-AWMA) is set for Thursday May 12, 2011 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Drive, Ottawa (at the corner of Sussex and Rideau).
This edition of the seminar will feature a talk by the founder of the Clean-Air Champions Deirdre Laframboise who will be speaking how the Clean Air Champions is working with respected Olympic,Paralympic and National Team athletes to inspire action for the environment. CAC’s unique programs educate and inspire Canadians — particularly youth — to adopt practices and lifestyles that reduce air pollution and enhance their personal health. Deirdre will share insights and experiences about CAC’s activities — from student-led energy audits in schools, to on-line tracking of GHG emissions from daily trips between home and school.
AWMA Breakfast Seminar – Olympians inspiring action for the environment
SEEDS Carleton, with the support of the Ottawa Valley Chapter (OVC) of the A&WMA, would like to give 4 students a chance compete once again in the Environmental Challenge International, or ECi, presented as part of A&WMA’s annual conference and exhibition (ACE 2011) in Orlando, Florida from June 20-24, 2011. ECi 2011 is a great opportunity to present your solution to industry professionals, to network and most importantly, to have a chance at the price money!
The title of this year’s challenge is “A 2025 Federal Renewable Portofolio“. The full information documents can be found here: http://events.awma.org/ace2011/yp_students.php
To help you prepare your submission, SEEDS will be holding a one-day workshop on Saturday May 14th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in ME 3444 where students will be able to talk to local experts, to form groups of 4 and begin working on their 5-page (max) proposals. Local experts and professionals will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) to discuss with students and point them in the right direction. Students have until 4:00 p.m. to work in the boardroom. By Monday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. each group must submit a 5-page (max) proposal of their solution to firstname.lastname@example.org. The solutions will be judged by the A&WMA experts and the the winning team will be awarded a chance to compete in the ECi in Orlando. The winning team will have until May 28 to further develop their proposal and submit it to the competition organizers. A poster and presentation must be prepared for the conference itself.
Come prepared with your ideas and enthusiasm! Only student members of the OVC-A&WMA are eligible to participate however, if you are not a member you can join on Saturday May 14 for a reduced membership price of $10. Lunch will be provided by SEEDS.
SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International