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posted Apr 3, 2012, 12:25 PM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Apr 3, 2012, 12:25 PM ]

December 13th Breakfast Seminar and Annual General Meeting
 
The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) held a breakfast seminar and annual general meeting at the Metropolitain Brasserie on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.  The guest speaker was Bill Wong from SAIC Canada, who presented "Innovation in Renewable Technologies and Applications".   At the  Annual General Meeting fourteen new board members were elected.   2012 Board members and a brief description of the Ottawa Valley Chapter are located here.
 

Workshop on Shale Gas Production / l'Atelier sur la Production de Gaz de Schiste 

The OVC hosted a one day workshop on October 19th in Ottawa on the production of shale gas.  The workshop had expert speakers from across Canada addressing varied aspects of shale gas production including;  technical, environmental, legal and regulatory questions.
 

Carleton team places 2nd at 2011 Environmental Challenge International

posted Jul 21, 2011, 6:29 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Nov 20, 2011, 6:00 AM ]

A team of four Carleton Environmental Engineering students composed of Michelle Roberge, Michelle Chiasson, Nicole MacDonald and Erqin Zeng won second place at the 2011 Environmental Challenge International, held during the annual Air & Waste Management Association Conference June 21-24 in Orlando Florida. The team made up of a combination of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, had to conceive a plan to increase the percentage of renewable energy use in the U.S. from 8% to 25% by the year 2025. This problem required research into different types of renewable energies and resources and an examination of possible policies which would be needed in order to implement the proposed solution. For the competition the team had to create a proposal, poster and presentation – all of which contributed to their second place finish.

 

This year's challenge was to develop a renewable energy portfolio for the the United States - the goal being that 25% of all energy generated in the U.S. come from renewable sources by 2025.
 
To solve this problem our team researched current renewable technologies and looked at current renewable markets and trends. We developed a matrix to evaluate viable technologies based on important factors. The renewables included were: solar (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power), hydroelectric, wind (onshore and offshore), geothermal, biomass and biofuel. Some of the factors used were cost, environmental impacts, social impacts and generating capacity.
 
The results of the matrix led us to increase the contributions of solar, wind and geothermal power to the renewable portfolio in 2025. Upon arriving at the conference, we were given a "tweak," which informed us that large reserves of natural gas had been found and could be included. We decided to minimize use of natural gas due to its large environmental impacts, but realized that consistent resources such as this may need to used to supplement intermittent sources like solar and wind and to allow for transition to renewable technologies. We also created a map to site potential resources across the United States.
 

Another major portion of the project was to discuss policies that should be implemented for the solution to move forward. These included National Renewable Portfolio Standards, streamlining of environmental permitting, Investment Tax Credits, alternate transportation incentives and more.

Breakfast Seminar: Dave Sawyer on North America Climate Policy - Past, Present, Future - June 16

posted Jun 7, 2011, 7:08 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Mar 10, 2012, 9:53 AM ]

Dave Sawyer, Director of Climate Change and Energy for the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), presented a short history of climate change policy in North America and then looked into his crystal ball to hypothesize what may emerge in the near term future for Canada. In order to do this, he dissected the kitchen sink of provincial and federal policies already out there to overview some of the challenges of developing a national climate policy. The repercussions of an everchanging US climate change policy and the latest carbon pricing versus regulation fashions were also discussed.
 
See attached poster for more details.

Breakfast Seminar: Olympians inspiring action for the environment - May 12, 2011

posted May 4, 2011, 6:02 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Mar 12, 2012, 7:41 AM ]

Dear Colleagues:
 
The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) would like to announce our next breakfast seminar to take place at the Metropolitain Brasserie on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Deirdre Laframboise executive director of Clean Air Champions, who will present "Olympians inspiring actions for the environment". Deirdre will share insights on how they developing programs and working with Olympic and Paralympic atheltes to eductate and inspire Canadians to adopt practices and lifestyles that reduce air pollution and enhance personal health. We will have a full breakfast and as usual, there will also be an opportunity to network with colleagues.  Please see the attached invitation for further details.  The Metropolitain Brasserie is located at Sussex and Rideau.
 
Advanced registration is $25 for A&WMA members and $30 for non-members.  Students pay $10 if they are members or $15 if they are non-members.  We encourage online registration before May 10th, 2011, as it helps us to arrange the venue and anticipate the number of attendees.  
 
We look forward to seeing you on May 12th at the Metropolitain Brasserie.
 
Sincerely,
Seton Stiebert
Chair of AWMA OVC
Update - The slides from this presentation are now available below.

Breakfast Seminar: What is the Chemistry Industry Doing about Sustainability? – February 24th, 7:30 a.m.

posted Feb 11, 2011, 6:19 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Feb 11, 2011, 6:25 AM ]

Dear Colleagues:
 
The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) would like to announce our next breakfast seminar to take place at the Metropolitain Brasserie on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Brian Wastle fomer VP Responsible Care with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, who will present "What is the Chemistry Industry Doing about that Old Bugaboo - Sustainability?. Brian will endeavour to explain why the Chemistry Industry Assocation of Canada has re-invented its long standing Responsible Care initiative and will solicit sceptical and constructive feedback in a Q&A period after his talk.  We will have a full breakfast and as usual, there will also be an opportunity to network with colleagues.  Please see the attached invitation for further details.  The Metropolitain Brasserie is located at Sussex and Rideau.
 
Advanced registration is $25 for A&WMA members and $30 for non-members.  Students pay $10 if they are members or $15 if they are non-members.  We encourage online registration before February 22nd, 2011, as it helps us to arrange the venue and anticipate the number of attendees.  Alternatively, you can RSVP for the event with Dr. Smita Bhatia at sbhatia@ccpa.ca.  Payment at the door can be by VISA, Master Card, cash or cheque.
 
We look forward to seeing you on February 24th at the Metropolitain Brasserie.
 
Sincerely,
Seton Stiebert
Chair of AWMA OVC
 

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