Monthly Archives: March 2012

Power from Waste Water

When I first saw this article, I assumed it was going to discuss extracting the methane and producing electricity from that.  Instead, they’re actually extracting electrons!

Check it out, New Scientist: Modified bacteria could get electricity from sewage

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SEEDS visit Orgaworld’s Compost Facilities


This morning, a group from SEEDS was invited to Orgaworld’s compost facilities. For me, this is a dream come true! I am a huge supporter of composting and it was so great to be able to see how a full scale facility worked. Orgaworld processes the organic waste that is collected as part of Ottawa’s Green Bin Program. So, for those of you who weren’t able to come today, let me step you through some of the highlights.

A big'old compost pile!

When organics arrive, they are shredded and piled in big piles, just like the picture above. The immature compost is then placed in large tunnels… but it was hard to take a picture of that. The tunnels are equipped with air spigot on the floor and water sprayers in the ceiling.

Enjoying the tour!

When the compost comes out of the tunnels, it is screened. In the above photo we are getting some of the inside scoop from our wonderful tour guide.

Checking out the biofilter.

All air from Orgaworld’s facilities is filtered through a biofilter. In this picture (above), Bahman is checking out the biofilter, which is basically a  pile of hardwood.

Examining the final product.

Here is a pile of the final product. It’s nice and fluffy and has a nice earthy smell… and Kennedy agrees!

Thanks again to Orgaworld again for the lovely visit and for the fine people at the A&WMA for making it happen for us. If you want to see more photos, check out of Flickr stream!


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Lunch Potluck

As another semester is coming to a close, it’s time for one more SEEDS potluck! Please join us on Friday, March 30 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to share a lunch and some great conversation. The golden spoon award will once again be up for grabs.

SEEDS Lunch Potluck:
Date: Friday March 30, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: ME 3328 (Carleton University)
Cost: Free if you bring a dish to share, $4 if you don’t. Disposable dishes are $1 so, be green and bring your own!

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And the award goes to…


A special congratulations goes to Luz who has just been awarded the Michael Bozozuk Student Forum Award by the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) for her outstanding presentation titled Influence of Wettability on the Recovery of Entrapped LNAPLs via Surfactant Flushing at the recent student forum.

Congrats Luz and great work!

To read more about it click here.

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Are you an Alumni and looking to stay informed about what is going in the department of Engineering? Then, you should check out the new website for Ingenious, a one stop shop for news and events!

Check out the site here:


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Congratulations to Natalie!

Hi Everyone,

I don’t mean to toot my own horn here but I’m just so delighted that I have to share the good news! I have just been awarded the Claudetle MacKay-Lassonde Graduate Engineering Scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation to one female engineering student who has demonstrated a passion in engineering. I have received the award in part for my work with SEEDS and as such wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has worked to make SEEDS a great success!

To read more about the award, you can visit Carleton’s website here.


PS: I think it’s important to celebrate our successes so if you have any announcement that you would like to share please let us know at!

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Congratulations to Professor Ormeci!

I am very proud to announce that Professor Ormeci has been awarded a renewal of her Canada Research Chair. This a significant award demonstrating that Professor Ormeci is a leader in her field. To read more about it check out the story here:

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Orgaworld Visit

Have you ever wondered what a municipal composting facility would look like? Orgaworld is charged with composting the organic material collected from Ottawa’s Green Bin Program and have invited ten (10) Carleton members of SEEDS and ten (10) UofO members of SEEDS for a vist!

The visit is set to take place on Thursday March 22nd. Selected students will meet at 9 am in parking lot P2 and carpooling to the site facilities located in Ottawa’s east end (approximately 30 minutes away). There is no charge for the event however you will be responsible to bring your own safety equipment including:

  •  Safety boots or boots with rubber soles or hiking boots
  • Hard hat
  • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty

This invitation is open to all SEEDS members, however the space is limited, therefore please reserve your spot by clicking here. Selection of students will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

As a teaser, check out this Orgaworld video:

 Orgaworld Visit Details

  •  Date: Thursday March 22nd
  • Time: 9 a.m. meet at P2 (in front of Unicenter) at Carleton and 770 King Edward Ave at U of O
  • Admission: Free
  • You need to bring: Safety boots, boots with rubber soles or hiking boots, hard hat and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • RSVP: Required! Click here

Don’t delay, sign up quick!

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