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Panellist 1: Kevin Alemany

In anticipation for our the 3rd annual Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional we will be introducing our panellists for the rest of this week and the start of next week. Our first panellist is Mr. Kevin Alemany and here is his bio:

Kevin Alemany, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., is a project manager and senior environmental engineer with over 11 years of consulting engineering experience with Stantec Consulting Ltd. He is involved primarily in municipal water & wastewater infrastructure planning and design and specializes in water distribution system hydraulic & transient model development and analysis. Kevin’s experience also includes the preparation of Municipal Class Environmental Assessments, Infrastructure Master Plans, Serviceability Analyses and Infrastructure Assessments. Kevin earned both his Master of Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a Specialization in Environmental Engineering (2000) and his Baccalaureate in Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering Option (1997) from the University of Ottawa.

Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany (and more!)
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Tour the ROPEC wastewater treatment plant this weekend.

Source: City of Ottawa at http://www.Ottawa.ca

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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Gasland: The Unconventional Natural Gas Debate

Gasland is the story of unconventional natural gas extraction across the US and the impact such work is having on residents living close to the natural gas wells. Josh Fox, the director and narrator of Gasland, begins the film in his Pennsylvania back yard and the picturesque stream that flows through it. Fox was born and raised on the property place and is concerned he receives a letter from a natural gas company requesting he sell his property for the purposes of natural gas extraction.

Fox then begins a cross-country tour detailing the hazardous effects fracking (the process by which unconventional natural gas is extracted) is having on local homeowners and the environment. Nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and winner of a 2010 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Gasland has been a lightening rod for controversy.

Gasland has won praise for the first of a kind exposition on the unconventional natural gas industry and has also drawn a lot of criticism from the Natural gas industry itself for what it describes as mischaracterizations and misinformation. In fact, Energy in Depth, an industry lobby group, wrote a letter to the Motion Picture Academy trying to get the picture removed from the list of documentary finalists because of factual inaccuracies. You can find a trailer for Gasland here.

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Celebrate World Water Week!

World Water Week, March 21 to 26, is a United Nations initiative to highlight the need for safe water and sanitation around the world where approximately 1.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion lack proper sanitation facilities. SEEDS would like to invite you to learn more about the world water issues with a special lecture “Water, Sanitation and Health” presented by Dr. Banu Örmeci taking place on Tuesday March 22 from 1 to 2 pm in room 3444 Mackenzie Building and a screening of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in Room 3235.

Lecture with Dr. Örmeci “Water, Sanitation and Health”

  • Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011
  • Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Room: 3444 Mackenzie Building

Screening of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”

  • Date: Thursday March 24
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Room: 3235 Mackenzie Building
  • popcorn will be served

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Today is Bottle Water Free Day!

Happy bottled water free day!

In addition to not buying any bottled water today, and most other days, Cinema Politica is screening Maude Barlow’s new documentary called Water on the Table. All the info is below (or visit their website: www.cinemapolitica.org/carleton):

Join Carleton Cinema Politica for a screening of WATER ON THE TABLE in collaboration with Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Anti-Bottled Water Day!

When: Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 PM
Where: 208 Tory Building (TB)
Cost: By Donation (pay-what-you-can)

WATER ON THE TABLE is a character-driven, social-issue documentary by Liz Marshall that explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource. The film asks the question: is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? …Or, is water a human right like air?

WATER ON THE TABLE features Maude Barlow, who is considered an “international water-warrior” for her crusade to have water declared a human right. ”Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity.”

Check out the trailer here.

As always, a discussion will follow the screening, so make sure to stick around!

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