Monthly Archives: June 2011

The ECi Competition is over!!

We have some great news!

Tuesday night was very late night finishing off the presentation with the tweak. We got up early to practice and make it to the conference. We drew for the second spot to present and we did great. We got some tough questions from the judges but they were fair. After all the presentations were done we attended the awards ceremony for student posters and presentations, as well as the ECi. We came in second place!!

We were so excited after all that hard work. The University of Florida got first place with some great ideas. We had fun celebrating with our sparkly Mickey ears and took lots of photos. We came back for our first swim in the hotel pool (finally) and then went to a great Irish pub in downtown Disney for supper and unexpected entertainment (live music and Irish dancing). Hooray!

Today we attend some technical sessions and the Awards Luncheon and Ceremony. Michelle was disappointed there were no talks related to her research and Nicole missed anything related to her research because it was yesterday morning. But hey – we learned something!

This afternoon we are off to Typhoon Lagoon for some water park fun! Thanks again to everyone for your support and we can’t wait to talk more about the conference when we get back.




We are ready for the presentation

The SEEDS Team and the massive presentation screen.

We won Second Place!

The ceremony

Do the A-W-M-A!

The Silver Poster

Finally... some much deserved time in the pool.

The Orlando Vistal Hotel (also known as the pineapple hotel).

The dream Land


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ECi Team in Orlando!

Hi everyone! We made it to Orlando, and it is soooooooooooo hot.

Michelle R, Nicole and Erqin arrive on Saturday and we spent the first 2 days trying to get our poster finished and printed. It took much longer than planned but we were so relieved when it was finished!! You can see it in a picture below.

Straight off the airplane, working on the poster.

Sunday we played mini-golf before getting caught in a huge storm. We then visited Downtown Disney to start our tourist adventure! We spent Monday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and had a great time. It was definitely a hot day but we saw some cool animals and attractions, including a Lion King show that was amazing.

Erqin’s first time mini-golfing!

Joining the Rainforest Café animals!

Frog eyes anyone?

Bug eyes anyone?

The Festival of the Lion King.

To Africa!

Giraffes on a safari ride.

A wobbly bridge at Animal Kingdom.

The Tree of Life in the background.

Michelle C arrived Monday evening and we finalized our poster presentation. Today was an early day to get to the conference for a student breakfast and ECi orientation. This afternoon was the poster presentation and it went great!! We interacted with judges and role players from the problem scenario. We think we did a great job 🙂

Michelle at the Coronado Springs resort.

Our team and our poster – finally!

Michelle squared talking with judges

Tonight there was a Grand Reception for all conference attendees – it’s huge! They needed more chairs. Tonight we are very tired but we need to finalize our presentation for tomorrow. We are hoping to catch some technical sessions too. we’ll post again tomorrow – thanks for reading!

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Thank You to our Partners

The SEEDS Team competing in the Environmental Challenge International as part of the A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition would like to thank all our partners who helped getting them to Orlando:

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Solar Energy Map

While the SEEDS Team is putting the final touches on their poster, check out this article from the New York Times that talks about the potential for solar panels on the rooftops in New York (*article: “Mapping Sun’s Potential to Power New York”*). It’s like that old saying: “every little bit counts”!

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Tour the ROPEC wastewater treatment plant this weekend.

Source: City of Ottawa at

This weekend is Doors Open Ottawa where residents get the chance to take a peek inside Ottawa’s most exciting buildings. One of these buildings that you can visit is the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre wastewater treatment plant, aka ROPEC. There will be tours of the facility and plant by staff will be on hand to explain the treatment processes and answer questions. I’ve seen a couple of water treatment plants in the past years as part of Doors Open Ottawa and I really like the experience. It’s nice to see the application of the concepts you learn in class (or will be learning).

ROPEC as part of Doors Open Ottawa:

  •  Saturday June 4, 2011 – 9:00 – 5:00 pm
  •  Sunday June 5, 2011 – 9:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Address: 655 Shefford Road, Gloucester, ON, K1J 8G8
  • Click here for more info about Doors Open Ottawa
Check out this picture of me in 2009 at the Brittannia Water Treatment Plant during Doors Open Water. We were lucky enough to see the filter being backwashed. 😉


Me at the Britannia Water Treatment Plant as part of Doors Open Ottawa in 2009

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The SEEDS Team needs your help!

This year's SEEDS Team for the ECi, Michelle, Nicole, Michelle and Erqin (from left to right).

On May 14th students came to school on a Saturday to hear from experts and work on their proposal in the hope of becoming the team selected to compete in the Environmental Challenge International. Since then, a team of students has been selected and we are very happy to announce that our SEEDS Team will be composed of Nicole, Michelle C., Erqin, Michelle R. and Chris. Congratulations team! The team had to propose how to increase the percentage of renewable energy use in the US from 8% to 25% by the year 2025. Sounds simple but in actuality it is a complex problem. They basically had to solve one of today’s major environmental problems while considering environmental impacts, impacts on society and how feasible each technology is to implement.

They put together a solid proposal but… now we need your help! The team now has to travel to Orlando Florida (I know, what an unfortunate place for a competition 😉 ) to compete against international teams in the Environmental Challenge International. So, if you’ve got some cash to spare and would like to contribute getting the team to the competition then please hit that donate button below! All donations are greatly appreciated (even if you can only spare $20). You never know, maybe next year you will be part of the SEEDS team.

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