Monthly Archives: May 2011


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!

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Beach Volley Ball is back!!!

Rainy week is passed and we gonna have sunny days this weekend, so let’s go out and enjoy the sun and play volley ball. (Yes, Beach volley ball is back)

SEEDS organization would like to invite you all again to the third volleyball game of this summer on Saturday May 21 at Mooney’s Bay Park. I modified the time a bit and this time the game starts at 3:00 pm.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to help pay for a net. (Yes, SEEDS has its own net now)

Mooney’s Bay Park located at 2926 Riverside Drive and it is close toCarlton University. You can take bus #87 and stop at Riverside / Ridgewood station.



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Clean Air Champions at the AWMA Breakfast Seminar

 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 ( 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:

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Aquitard Hydrogeology Symposium

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:

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OGG Annual Banquet

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is a great way to learn about what people are doing in the field and to network with experienced professionals. They are holding their annual banquet on Wednesday May 18th. To attend the OGG Annual Banquet you must RSVP TODAY so don’t delay!!
OGG Annual Banquet
  • 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 by NOON of May 20, 2011 (registration form available at OGG website:

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AWMA Breakfast Seminar – Olympians inspiring action for the environment

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

  • Date: May 12, 2011
  • Time: 7:30 am (Breakfast and talk starting at 7:45am)
  • Location: Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Drive, Ottawa (at the corner of Sussex and Rideau)
  • Cost: $10 for student members and $15 for student non-members
  • Registration can be done online at
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Beachvolley ball game again this Saturday

Beach volleyball was so fun last week that we are doing it again! Join us on Saturday May 7th starting at 4 p.m. at Mooney’s Bay park (2926 Riverside Drive) for a friendly game. We’ll meet in front of the bathrooms/canteen. The  #87 bus services the park. Just make sure to get off at the Riverside/Ridgewood stop.

There is a suggested donation of $5 (max) to help pay for a net (that’s right, we have our very own net now).

Beach Volleyball Game

  • Date: Saturday May 7th, 2011
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Location: Money’s Bay Park, 2960 Riverside Drive (meet in front of the bathroom/canteen)
  • Cost: Suggested donation of $5
  • Accept the Facebook event invitation by clicking here.

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It’s back! SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International

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:

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 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

  • Workshop Date: Saturday May 14
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Workshop Location: room 3444 Makenzie Building, Carleton University
  • Competition Deadline: 9:00 a.m. Monday May 16 for 5-page submission to
  • RSVP by clicking here or accept the Facebook invitation here.

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