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  1. 1. SEDV Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 7 May, 2016 MSc SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT (SEDV) 46 ENVIRONMENTAL VICTORIES SINCE THE FIRST EARTH DAY BY BRIAN CLARK HOWARD Inside this issue: Field trip to DLSC- Okotoks 2-3 Pine Creek WWTP field trip 4-5 Faculty Insight: Dr. Con- nie Van der Byl 6-7 Industry’s Insight: Ulf Geerds 8-9 Inaugural Alumni and Student Networking Event 10-11 ALUMNI CORNER: Seema Garg Jindal 12-13 RetScreen training feed- back 14 Sustainability on the news 15 Important upcoming events 15 A Newsletter brought to you 3 times a year by the Sustainable Energy Development Program (SEDV) from the University of Calgary 1. 1970 "Environmental Magna Carta" 2. 1972 Notorious Toxic Chemical Banned 3. 1972 Regulating Pesti- cides 4. 1972 Cleaning Up Rivers 5. 1972 Marine Sanctuaries Created 6. 1972 Saving Whales 7. 1973 Saving Species 8. 1975 Global Agreement on Endangered Species 9. 1974 Safe(r) Drinking Wa- ter 10. 1974 Getting the Lead Out of Gas 11. 1976 Chemical Control 12. 1978 Love Canal Causes National Outcry 13. 1980 Superfund Program Launched 14. 1980 Vast Alaskan Lands Protected 15. 1982 Saving More Whales 16. 1986 McPackaging Im- proves 17. 1986 A Civil Action 18. 1987 Saving Condors 19. 1987 Plugging the Ozone Hole 20. 1987 Cleaning Up Sewage 21. 1988 Cleaning Up Medical Waste 22. 1989 Get the Asbestos Out 23. 1990 Clearing the Air 24. 1992 Rio Earth Summit 25. 1991 Saving Ferrets 26. 1993 Erin Brockovich Wins Her Case 27. 1993 Green Building Takes Off 28. 1993 Protecting Biodiversi- ty 29. 1995 Gray Wolves Reintro- duced to Yellowstone 30. 1995 Bald Eagle Recovery 31. 1997 Early Climate Agree- ment 32. 2000 Hybrid Revolution 33. 2000 Green Awareness 34. 2001 Roadless Areas Pro- tected 35. 2002 California Goes Solar 36. 2002 Cradle to Cradle Is Published 37. 2003 Electric Cars Get Cool 38. 2006 Al Gore's Movie 39. 2006 Sharing Fish 40. 2007 Fuel Efficiency 41. 2007 Rise of Walking 42. 2007 Big Green Apple 43. 2009 Massive Marine Monument 44. 2010 Protecting the Atlan- tic Coast 45. 2012 Dams Come Down 46. 2015 Climate Agreement A version of this post originally published by Brian Clark Howard in the National Geographic News Section. Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. We reposted it in celebration of Earth Day 2016 and to inspire further conversation. As Earth Day turns 46, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in en- vironmental protection. The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities on the environment. Since then, the annual tradition has grown to involve billions of people around the world. This year, Earth Day turns 46. To mark this anniversary and to show how much has changed since 1970, we assembled 46 of the most significant accomplishments of the environmental movement since the first Earth Day. Full article available at National Geographic News
  2. 2. On the beautiful winter morning of Janu- ary 14, 2016 our SEDV cohort was greet- ed by Dawn Smith, Sustainability Coordi- nator at the City of Okotoks, and her col- league Stefan Martensson at the Drake Solar Landing Community. We walked to the 52-home solar community where Dawn explained to us that Okotoks was chosen as the site of the Natural Re- sources Canada research and demonstra- tion project based on its annual solar irra- diance and flexibility in building codes, among other criteria. We’d like to think that they might have also chosen this site because of how nice the people are here! The development has an array of 800 solar panels located on garage roofs and it is nearly impossible to purchase a home here as the demand to live in this community is so high and houses hardly ever go on the market. These houses are valued significantly more than those just one block south, which have a similar de- sign but have only natural gas heating systems. In contrast, the Drake Solar Landing Community homes rely on their solar thermal systems but also have sec- ondary natural gas heating systems that can be utilized when demand is high. The community generates 1.5 megawatts of thermal power during a typical sum- mer day and supplies heat to the district heating system. The combination of sea- sonal and short-term thermal storage (STTS) facilitate collection and storage of solar energy in the summer for use in space heating on winter days like the day of our visit. Interestingly, one of the big- gest challenges in the project thus far comes from the snow sliding off of the 45 degree pitch roofs during our Alberta winters! The solar panels absorb the Sun’s energy and heat a glycol solution running through an insulated piping sys- tem, or collector loop, that connects the array of collectors between sunrise and sunset. This heated food-grade glycol travels along the roof overhang, down Top from left to right, Stefan Martensson (Sustainability Team- City of Okotoks), Nermine Sorial, Namrata Sheth, Lidia Sorial, Connor Bedard, Jeffrey Coombes, Peter Tseng, Nicholas Ritchie, Jillian Haneiph, Hannah Wentzell, Cristina Vallejo, Maria Meza and Dr. Ed Nowicki. Below from left to right, Adriana Zuniga, Alonso Alegre, Dawn Smith (Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Okotoks) and Kasondra Harbottle. DRAKE SOLAR LANDING COMMUNITY SEDV FIELD TRIP BY JILLIAN HANEIPH (SEDVS VICE-PRESIDENT) Okotoks Sustainability Infor- mation Okotoks Community Sustain- ability Plan Okotoks Community Vision- ing Okotoks Rebates, Programs & Events About DLSC DLSC System Current Condi- tions DLSC Homes DLSC Solar Collection DLSC District Heating System DLSC Energy Centre Borehole Thermal Energy Storage (BTES) 2
  3. 3. SEDV FIELD TRIP TO THE DSLC (CONT) 3 the end of the garage, and underground through a shallow buried trench system until it arrives at a heat exchanger within the community’s Energy Centre, which we explored later that morning. Within the Energy Centre, the heat ex- changer transfers heat to the water stored in a short-term storage tank and the glycol solution follows its loop back to the solar collector system. The STTS tank located in the Energy Centre acts as the central hub for heat movement between collectors, district loop/houses, and a borehole thermal energy storage (BTES), an in-ground heat sink for seasonal energy storage. We walked outside to see the BTES, where heat is derived from on winter days. Of course, on cold winter days, like the day of our tour, natural gas is used to supplement the heating demand of the community. During the warmer months, the heated water is distributed from the short-term storage tank to the BTES un- derground system via a series of pipes which run through a collection of 144 holes that stretch thirty-seven meters be- low the ground and cover an area thirty- five metres in diameter. As the heated water travels through the pipe-work, heat is transferred to the surrounding earth. The temperature of the earth will reach 80 degrees Celsius by the end of each summer! The BTES is covered with sand, high-density R-40 insulation, a waterproof membrane, clay, and other landscaping materials. The water completes its circuit of the BTES system and returns to the short-term storage tanks in the Energy Centre to be heated again and repeat the same process. As an SEDV group, we enjoyed the oppor- tunity to explore the Drake Solar Landing Community and Energy Centre having Dawn as our guide. We asked a lot of questions of Dawn and our very own Re- newable Energy expert, instructor Dr. Ed Nowicki in a few short hours. We’d like to thank our host Dawn Smith and Stefan Martensson from the City of Okotoks, Dr. Ed Nowicki, and Dr. Anil Mehrotra for enabling this education- enriching field trip - we certainly gained a new appreciation for the potential of solar thermal energy. For the full story please visit our Facebook page, and more photos in google . DSLC Funding Partners Program of Energy Research and Development, Government of Canada Renewable energy programs and initiatives, Natural Re- sources Canada Technology Early Action Measures, Government of Cana- da Green Municipal Fund, Federa- tion of Canadian Municipalities Climate Change Central ATCO Gas Innovation Program, Govern- ment of Alberta Sustainable Development Tech- nology Canada United Communities Sterling Homes Ltd. Alberta Environment, Govern- ment of Alberta DSLC Project Participants CanmetENERGY, Natural Re- sources Canada – project leader Leidos Canada – project coordi- nator and performance monitor- ing United Communities – develop- er Sterling Homes Ltd. – home- builder ATCO Gas – utility operator Town of Okotoks – project facili- tator Climate Change Division, Atlan- tic Region, Environment Cana- da – thermal storage design IFTech International – thermal storage design Enermodal Engineering Ltd. – solar and heating system design Exova – design support and solar equipment testing Thermal Energy System Special- ists – computer modeling and simulation EnerWorks Inc. – solar collector and solar domestic hot water system supplier Nu-Air Ventilation Systems Inc. – air-handler unit supplier Sunbow Consulting Ltd. – subdi- vision design Hurst Construction Management Inc. – energy centre building and system construction Solar Seasonal Storage and District Loop (retrieved from DLSC website)
  4. 4. On Thursday, March 3rd, as organized by SEDVS member Adriana Zuniga and Wa- ter Pollution professor, Dr. Gopal Achari, 14 students from SEDV 607 and our T.A., Maryam Izadifard, travelled to the Pine Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Garth, who led us on an informative two hour tour of the plant’s operations. The Primary Treatment at the plant begins with the headworks where there are screens, which get rid of debris. Next, there are circular grit removal tanks, where grit settles to the bottom and is drawn up through pumps. From there, the grit is dewatered and sent to a land- fill. The primary clarifier is the next step of the treatment process, where a skimmer sends any floating waste to the gravity thickener, fermenter and then anaerobic digester (AD). The odor produced in this clarifier is naturally taken care of by the microbial slime growth. The AD produces methane, which is used to fire the boiler and offset heating costs, but they do not have enough digester sludge to produce the amount of methane needed to fully run the boiler. The biosolids produced in this process are then sent to Calgary farmlands through the Calgro program. The Secondary Treatment starts with 2 bioreactors where air is added and mi- crobes mix with the wastewater to break down the organics. This is a self-sufficient process in which additional microbes are not needed. Garth used an analogy of go- ing to your grandmother’s house and waiting to be served a delicious meal to describe to us the process the microbes go through in the multiple different bio- reactor zones. From there, the wastewater travels to a secondary clarifi- er, and finally the disk filters. The disk fil- ters are used because it produces more diffuse water, which ensures better mix- ing when the water is returned to the riv- er. Top from left to right, Abhijith Seetharam, Jeffrey Coombes, Peter Tseng, Hannah Wentzell, Adriana Zuniga, Connor Bedard, Nicholas Ritchie, Sean Gorman, Alonso Alegre. Below from left to right, Jillian Haneiph, Lidia Sorial, Martha Dias, Cristina Vallejo, Maria Meza, Namrata Sheth and Maryam Izadifard (SEDV 607-T.A.) PINE CREEK WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT FIELD TRIP BY HANNAH WENTZELL (SEDVS SECRETARY) Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Canada The City of Calgary officially unveiled its advanced Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in May 2010. Built at a cost of $430m, the new plant is one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly facil- ities in Canada. The facility can treat up to 100 mega-litres of wastewater per day (ML/d) to serve a population of 250,000 for the next 10 years. The capacity is expandable to 700ML/d which will enable it to serve 1.75m people in fu- ture. The new facility occupies a portion of a 320 acre site and produces the highest quality of treated effluent in the re- gion. Construction of the fa- cility commenced in 2004 and completed in November 2009. Fore more information visit, water technology. net, and City of Calgary web page 4
  5. 5. SEDV FIELD TRIP TO THE WWTP (CONT) 5 Tertiary Treatment consists of disinfection via UV light banks and finally the pro- duced water is released through diffusers into the bottom of the riverbed. In finishing up the tour, we gathered in one of the WWTP’s boardrooms where Garth shared some more interesting facts about the WWTP as a whole. The plant operates at amount 80 megalitres (ML) per day, however, capacity is 200 ML/day. Should they go over capacity, the extra waste would be diverted to Fish Creek WWTP. However, this has not been need- ed, even during the 2013 flood, which sig- nificantly impacted other WWTP’s in the area (Fish Creek and Bonnybrook). The Pine Creek WWTP opened in 2008, is plan- ning a phase two expansion in the future, is LEED certified, and services most munic- ipal waste south of Glenmore Trail, Calga- ry. We also learned that The City of Calga- ry was issued an A+ grade in 2004 on The National Sewage Report Card. This was the highest grade achieved among 22 ma- jor Canadian cities, with Whistler and Ed- monton close behind. We would all like to thank our knowledge- able tour guide Garth, Dr. Achari for book- ing the tour, our T.A. Maryam Izadifard for accompanying us, and Adriana Zuniga for her always appreciated event and accom- modations planning. For the full story please visit our Facebook page, and more photos in google. Coat of arms of Calgary The City of Calgary has three wastewater treat- ment facilities:  Fish Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant  Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant  Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant Together, these treatment plants meet the wastewater and sewage needs of over one million Calgarians each day. City of Calgary invites to their citizens to take the following online tours, for more information: Wastewater treatment online tour, and Water treatment online tour One of the four secondary clarifiers at the Pine Creek WWTP. Photo courtesy of Adriana Zuniga
  6. 6. FACULTY INSIGHT: DR. CONNIE VAN DER BYL Dr. Connie Van der Byl is an assistant professor in the Bis- sett School of Business and Director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) at Mount Royal Universi- ty. She is also an adjunct as- sistant professor at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Since receiving her PhD, she has focused her research on ener- gy organizations and their strategic responses to envi- ronmental issues and teaches courses in business strategy, corporate social responsibility and environmental manage- ment. For more information, please visit the following link: Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) 6 When did you start with working with the SEDV program? I started working with the SEDV program when I was in the final stages of com- pleting my PhD in Energy Management and Sustainable Development at Haskayne. Dr. Frances Bowen was the project lead on the Suncor Creative Sen- tence Project, which was providing the da- ta for my dissertation. Frances was teach- ing SEDV623 when she relocated to the UK to Queen Mary University of London. I took over from her in January 2012 and haven’t looked back since! What do you like most about the SEDV program? and about teaching your course “Strategic Environmental Planning for En- ergy Organizations”? I LOVE teaching in this program. The main reason is the students! I like that students come from diverse backgrounds, experi- ence and education. Those of you who have taken my course know there is a lot of discussion that takes place. The diversi- ty of student perspectives leads to unique and interesting insights and debates. I find the students also, typically, have a similar passion for sustainability and a connection to nature. As a result, students demon- strate a dedication to achievement but also a mutual respect and consideration for each other and their environment. This Master’s program aligns perfectly with my PhD and with my current areas of teaching, research and community en- gagement. I am the Director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environ- mental Sustainability and so my whole ca- reer is in the area of sustainability. I teach corporate strategy at the under- graduate and MBA level but I particularly like teaching SEDV623. This is partly be- cause of the connection between corpo- rate strategy and sustainability and partly because many of the students are being introduced to business and strategy for the first time. I have a passion for both strategy and sustainability and so I am deeply gratified when students get inter- ested and enthusiastic about the course content. One of my favourite elements of the course is case study discussion; espe- cially, a case simulation related to stake- holder engagement strategies. Students often really get into it and let their dra- matic side shine! What do you wish other people know about the SEDV program? Well, I’d like them to know it exists and that the students coming out of the pro- gram have tremendous education and training in the many facets of sustainable energy development – business, technical, legal, scientific etc. I’d like people to know the special community that exists within the program. I have supervised some stu- dents who have gone on to interesting ca- reers in sustainability aspects and I think this should be celebrated. What’s your personal viewpoint on what should be done about Sustainable Energy Development (in Canada, or Alberta, or Calgary)? My personal viewpoint is that much can be done and is being done about Sustainable Energy Development in Calgary, Alberta and Canada. I see a common drive and passion taking hold to propel us forward on energy sustainability in a positive way. I see various stakeholders coming together
  7. 7. FACULTY INSIGHT: DR. CONNIE VAN DER BYL(CONT) 7 and learning to communicate with each other. Challenges exist but there are many brilliant and capable individuals, including SEDV graduates, who are pas- sionate and committed to making a difference. What do you think will change about Sustainable Energy Development (in Can- ada, or Alberta, or Calgary) over the next five years? There is much discussion about energy transitions and economic diversification taking hold. That journey will not be easy and will need a well thought out strategy to guide its execution. This is something we discuss in SEDV623! What are your current research inter- ests? I am currently researching tensions in sustainability. The context for that re- search is in collaborative efforts to solve environmental sustainability issues through innovation; specifically, COSIA. I am also researching hybrid organizations where an environmental mission coex- ists with a profit motive. I continue to look at challenges in implementing envi- ronmental sustainability strategies – the role of dominant logic and accelerated pace. And, more broadly, I am research- ing both financial and non-financial risk in natural resource management. The 2016 national confer- ence for Community Ser- vice Learning (CSL) and Community Engagement (CE). Partners for the con- ference include: Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL), Volunteer Alberta, Volun- teer Canada, the Volunteer Centre Network, The Insti- tute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Institute for Community Prosperity. The CACSL Conference 2016: Impact for Sustaina- bility was hosted this year Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary, AB Recently, Dr. Connie Van der Byl , participated as Moderator during the pan- el discussion: the Inter- organizational (IOR) Collab- oration in Environmental Sustainability: Community Engagement and Learning Benefits. © 2016 CACSL. All rights reserved. About CACSL CACSL, a volunteer driven organization, depends on its members and volun- teers to create the activity of the alli- ance. CACSL Vision: Our nation as one where educational institutions and community organiza- tions engage in sustained collaborations that enhance learning and promote so- cial good. CACSL Values: CACSL values ongoing community-based and inclusive learning that honours all ways of knowing and all kinds of knowledge creation. CACSL will ensure that our values of connecting, supporting, and collabo- rating are active in all components of our work. CACSL Mission: CACSL will provide leadership to strengthen and promote community service learning in Canada by supporting and connecting CSL practitioners and community capacity-builders. CACSL supports the active participation of students, educators and communities contributing to positive community so- cial change. For more information about CACSL fol- low the link.
  8. 8. Ulf Geerds describes himself as a Business Consultant with a strong agricultural background, as he grew up on a farm in Germany and actually still farms. On the academic side, he completed a finance degree and MBA. He was working for a bank before he decided to become a busi- ness coach, Agri-Trend’s term for Man- agement Consultant, in Nov 2013. Agri- Trend offered the opportunity to recon- nect with his roots and this prospect was very appealing to him. He mentioned, “Agri-Trend is a consultan- cy mainly working in the agricultural in- dustry and divided into three segments. The first segment is dedicated to “growing the crop”. Agrology Consulting & Precision Farming belong into this seg- ment. The second segment is called “sell the crop”, where Marketing Consultants help clients market their products. The third segment is called “manage the mon- ey” which is Farm Business Consulting, and this is the business area that Ulf spe- cializes in. In addition to the three main segments there are supporting areas such as Carbon Credits, Land Resource Man- agement and Data Management. When Ulf decided to upgrade his qualifi- cations in business, he looked at the SEDV program curriculum, and he was almost ready to enroll, but at the time an MBA had more impact in his career; therefore, he chose to complete the MBA program at the University of Calgary. Later, he started to get involved with the Sustaina- ble Energy Program, by participating in the Industry Night. Regarding Sustainable Energy develop- ment, he believes that a good way to close the gap with respect to conserva- tion of energy and the environment is through education, government policies, and public initiatives. He stated “These will create a real push for a change in the way we use our resources in our society”. Education plays an important part to bring awareness regarding the sustaina- ble use of energy. He said, “for example with respect to oil and gas, we cannot burn all known oil and gas reserves, in- cluding the non-conventional hydrocar- bons, as this will have major negative consequences for our planet in form of unpredictable climate change. Moreover, we need people to understand the ex- isting alternatives of renewable energy, and most importantly to understand that we can make a difference with our choic- es”. Another important area of education is research and development. He men- tioned “we need more initiatives and in- vestments in research and development, for example in the area of renewable en- ergy storage solutions.” Reflecting on the future of oil and gas in Alberta, he stated, “we need to change our paradigm concerning the use of oil and gas as a form of energy, as this is the poorest way of using this precious re- source. The paradigm shift is to utilize oil and gas as raw materials for example to produce plastics, chemicals, etc., instead of making diesel or gasoline. Let’s drive electric/hydrogen cars instead. For me, we should upgrade and refine our oil in Alberta, producing value added products instead of exporting oil and gas as raw materials for rock bottom prices.” Furthermore, he points out “Alberta INDUSTRY’S INSIGHT BY ADRIANA ZUNIGA (SEDVS EVENTS REP.) ULF GEERDS, MBA, B.MGMT BUSINESS COACH & BUSINESS AND SUCCESSION PLANNING More information about Agri-Trend follow the link In 1997, AGRI-TREND was established with the goal of helping farming make better decision on crop input purchases. Before then, there had not been a system geared towards "coaching" farmers unless that advice was tied to the sale of products. Founder and CEO of AGRI-TREND, Rob Saik, had a different 8
  9. 9. INDUSTRY’S INSIGHT: ULF GEERDS (CONT) 9 idea. Rob saw a way to develop a systemized pro- cess for delivering agro- nomic advice to farmers... working with growers to grow profits. "I was not satisfied with the way farmers were making their fertilizer and crop input decisions based on reci- pes," explains Saik. "There had to be a better way to help farmers allocate their resources. That is why I started AGRI-TREND and that is still at the head of what our coaches do to- day. " - See more at: Agri-Trend Ulf has a strong background in agriculture, real estate and finance. He owned and oper- ated a successful mid size grain farm in central Alberta. Under his leadership production costs were reduced by 20%, mainly through implementation of cutting edge production processes. Further, Ulf gained valuable experience in real estate through buying, selling and renovating residential and commercial real estate. He also worked as a commercial lender for the BMO Bank of Montreal. After many successful years in agriculture, real estate and in the financial industry, Ulf was ready for a new challenge and joined Agri-Trend as a Business Coach. In this role, Ulf utilizes his education and past experience to assist agricultural businesses in achiev- ing their business goals. He does this by working closely with business owners to develop strategic plans and assisting them in implementation of these plans. He has his Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge with distinction and his MBA from the University of Calgary. Source: Agri-Trend Business-Coach needs to diversify and support the development of renewable energies and allow a mix of energy for the province, bringing more sustainable jobs and sustainable future”.
  10. 10. The inaugural SEDV Alumni and SEDV Networking Event was held on the March 24, 2016 with representatives invited from different walks of the energy indus- try. This inaugural event was organized jointly by the SEDV Society, Alumni office of Haskayne School of Business and the Office of the SEDV Program to create a confluence of professionals, researchers and students. The event centered on a panel discussion on the theme “Reclaiming Energy in Canada” for which distinguished energy professionals were invited. The event received an over- whelming response with about a 100 people, including students, alumni, facul- ty and representatives from the energy industry attending. As the event commenced, the invitees were welcomed, seated in their respec- tive tables and served dinner. Following which the panelists were introduced by Jeff Coombes, the President of the SEDV Society. They panelists were then pre- sented with the question: What steps can be taken to have the most meaningful impact in fostering sustainability in the energy industry? The panel comprised Dr. Harrie Vrendenburg from the academic sphere, Bob Mitchell from industry, and Michael Benson from the regulatory side. The panel discussion was moderated by David Milia of the Haskayne School of Business. The issue of obstacles to sustainability was discussed during which the panel urged the need to view sustainability as a concept that goes beyond the environ- mental aspects, and wholesomely inte- grates the idea of implementing innova- tions along with the behavioral aspects. The importance of transitioning to sus- tainable practices in the face of climate change was discussed. The panelists put INAUGURAL ALUMNI AND STUDENT NETWORKING EVENT BY ABHIJITH SEETHARAM (SEDVS TREASURER) Panel for “Reclaiming Energy in Canada” Bob Mitchell Dr. Harrie Vredenburg Michael Benson For the full Biography of our panel, please consult the following link. 10 Top from left to right, David Mila, Michael Benson, Dr. Harrie Vrendenburg, Bob Mitchell and Jeffrey Coombes, at the Devonian Room—Calgary Petroleum Club .
  11. 11. INAUGURAL ALUMNI AND STUDENT NETWORKING EVENT (CONT) 11 Moderator David L. Milia Associate Director of the Centre for Corporate Sus- tainability (CCS) - Haskayne School of Business. For more information about: HASKAYNE CCS Annual Report 2015 CCS Community Events For more information, please email the centre forth the need for creating a collabora- tive approach to address issues of sus- tainability in energy companies. The panelists provided examples from the industry where useful innovations were highly dependent on economic scenario for implementation. The pan- elists also reflected on the obstacles to collaboration because of the current competitive, economic and regulatory frameworks. In the second half of the event, the attendees participated asking ques- tions from the floor. Over a dozen attendees participated with questions and offered their views on the theme of discussion. Several participants shared their experiences and provided an international viewpoint which was appreciated by the panelists. A notable aspect from this exchange was the need to clarify what sustainability stands for and perhaps to make efforts to translate it in more tangible measures. In the latter part of the evening, the invitees mingled and networked with each other. It was seen that a lot of the invitees were chatting, mingling and enjoying themselves as they exchanged ideas with others and networked. In all, the efforts of the SEDV Society, the SEDV Faculty and the Alumni office in planning the first ever alumni event for the program were appreciated by all. This event was the first step to- wards building a robust, well-knit alumni community for the SEDV pro- gram in the years ahead! To watch the full conference, please follow the link on the YouTube channel of the Centre for Corporate Sustaina- bility (CCS) at the Haskayne School of Business—University of Calgary; SEDV Alumni Event, March 24, 2016. More photos, visit the link in google.
  12. 12. Seema Jindal is the Co-Founder & Direc- tor of Earth Educators Inc., and since July 2015, she also works as the executive di- rector of Ayra Capital, Canada. Seema is on the board of non-profit organizations such as, Nature’s Ride ( a Calgary based NGO that educates the future generation about our environment through music, art and craft); Calgary Centre for Global Community; Studio 250; and NeoFusion Foundation (an Indian NGO, empowering and educating school dropouts and child labor victims). She describes herself as a world citizen. She was born and raised in Tanzania and move to India to complete her studies in Bachelor of Science in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry, and Master of Arts in Eng- lish. She taught at undergraduate level and creative teaching techniques in the schools where she taught. Having moved to Canada with her family in 2010, she is now a proud Canadian citizen. She describes her journey as “a rich expe- rience of living on three continents, in different countries with each being unique and diverse. I have been fortu- nate”. For her, each day is an opportunity to learn. She acknowledges, “The desire for learning is ever present and it’s not going away. Moving to Canada was a tre- mendous opportunity to expand my per- spective.” After coming to Calgary, she had the op- portunity to enroll in the SEDV program, she said “The program had a perfect fit with my life style and my vision of provid- ing a better future to the next generation. I practice sustainability at home; good things and practices always need to start with you.” Also, she mentioned, “With a work background as an entrepreneur and educator, when I started the program, I didn’t know how I was going to synergize my new learning with my previous work experience. However, the program went beyond the theory point. The SEDV pro- gram prepared me with the tools to criti- cally study, assess, and analyze processes with a systems approach. It opened op- portunities to do risk assessment using sustainability filters and accordingly come up with creative and holistic recommen- dations for my clients when I started my work as a consultant”. She completed the SEDV program in 2013. After completing the program, Seema invested some time in identifying the way to unify her passion for art, education and sustainability keeping her holistic ap- proach in mind. She founded Smart Sus- tainable Solutions and social sector con- sulting jobs. Seema had been working in the non-profit sector for a while. By ap- plying her education from the SEDV pro- gram, she was able to identify gaps in the social sector and realized the only way to make the funding dependent sector sus- tainable was through capacity building and education about the triple bottom line. With a passion for learning and cre- ating a better Earth as the basis of her company, she co-founded Earth Educa- tors. Seema’s company is dedicated to provide education for non-profit organi- zations and corporations, regarding social impact assessment, evaluation of projects and sustainability reporting. Earth Educa- tors helps clients also to learn on how to become a sustainable social enterprise through coaching, risk assessment and hand holding from start to end of the project life cycle. She mentioned, “The non-profit sector is not a well standardized sector and we’re hoping to make a difference and contri- ALUMNI CORNER: SEEMA GARG JINDAL BY ADRIANA ZUNIGA (SEDVS EVENTS REP.) For more information about: Arya Capital Earth Educators Inc. 12
  13. 13. ALUMNI CORNER: SEEMA GARG JINDAL (CONT) 13 Some of Seema’s art work remarks and recognition: The Times of India, Octo- ber 13th, 2011 Together but Lonely' 24" X 36" ,Oil on Canvas Rendezvous with Dr. Abdul Kalam at Habitat Centre , New Delhi '08 — with Ex- President Dr. Abdul Kalam. Unmukht II - 48" X48" , Oil on canvas by Seema Garg Jindal. All the photos included in this edition are courtesy of Seema Garg Jindal. bution to standardization of the sector. We have had some great feedback tell- ing us that we’re changing the way cli- ents think and approach their road blocks with an outcome and impact based approach”. Regarding the program, Seema says, “When I graduated, the industry was not as aware of this program, as result the internship opportunities were few”. She was able to work with the SEDV faculty, to improve the marketing of the pro- gram within the industry. Her contribu- tion to the program was to implement during the industry night the “speed net- working” process, where many of the alumni and current students were able to interact with the industry partici- pants, and provide them with some knowledge about the program, their cur- rent projects and professional back- ground. Seema’s advice to the current and new cohorts is “to start to work in your 625 research project earlier than expected, start to narrow your topic and always be prepared with a plan “B”. Also, she sug- gested getting in touch with the Alumni group through the LinkedIn group called, M.Sc. Sustainable Energy Development Alumni Group. Seema and David Ince manage this group on LinkedIn and it has 70+ members. Some of Seema’s interest and hobbies are writing poetry, walking, hiking, en- joying nature, and photography while being a mother of two teenagers. She loves to play with colors and is a profes- sional artist with over 20 solo and group shows to her credit. She is a Reiki mas- ter; she believes in holistic healing and how the nature is connected to us and is a reflection of ourselves. For her, life is about living it to the fullest while con- tributing to humanity’s sustainable pre- sent and future in whatever small way she can.
  14. 14. Adria is a Chemical Engineer- ing graduate from the Univer- sity of Calgary working at Flu- or Canada Ltd. She has over three years of experience in Process Engineering and have recently entered into a new role as an HSE In-Design Spe- cialist. Areas of responsibility within Fluor include hydraulic modeling, HYSYS simulation, equipment sizing, PFD/P&ID development and intercon- necting P&ID development, fire hazardous identification, and report execution. She has a passion for sustain- able energy and the environ- ment. She is currently en- rolled at the University of Calgary for a Masters in Sus- tainable Energy Development (SEDV) with a completion date of Spring 2016. 14 RETSCREEN TRAINING FEEDBACK BY ANDRIA PANIDISZ The RETScreen training was useful for environmental and financial feasibility studies of renewable energy technolo- gies. It can analyze a wide range of tech- nologies from solar panels to cogenera- tion facilities which makes it a diverse and versatile tool. During the training session, we covered several different technologies so that everyone in the training could get an insight of the application depending on what his/her research project was focus on, which was good. However, I feel that it might have been better if we had just gone over the basics of the program together, and then worked on the tech- nology analysis relevant to each person separately for the rest of the day. So, we could each work at our own pace and ask questions as needed. This would have made each person not feel so rushed at the end of the day and have a more relevant understanding of their specific technology. The “Help” tool was very informative and it was useful when working inde- pendently, near the end of the training. It was a good way to understand the meaning of certain terms. The financial analysis tab allows you to calculate im- portant economic factors such as pay- back period and rate of return and offers a cumulative cash flows graph. I found this tool helpful in illustrating the financial return of the technology. The environmental analysis allows you to determine the net annual GHG emis- sion reductions from implementing the technology when compared to a base case. I found this helpful in determining the carbon offset. Overall, I thought that the training was helpful and that the instructor was able to answer all of our questions and ex- plain them in a way that we could un- derstand. I recommend this training for those students who are looking for a program to analyze their clean energy project. RETScreen 4 is an Excel-based clean energy project analysis software tool that helps decision makers quickly and inexpensively determine the technical and financial viability of potential renewable energy, energy efficiency and cogeneration projects.
  15. 15.  Meet the Authors Behind Canada's Map to Sustainability. Source: Alter- natives Journal  Future of Sustainability Shapes Up at Copenhagen Fashion Summit Source: Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).  Chemists shed new light on global energy, food supply challenge. Source: Science Daily  Economic development equals greater carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Science Daily  Walmart grows the chemical footprint movement. Source: Green Bizz  More sustainability information visit the following websites: Sustainability News Headlines. Source: Science Daily. Environmental sustainability. Source: The guardian, UK . BC Innovation—Green Technology. Source The Vancouver Sun SUSTAINABILITY ON THE NEWS Sustainable Energy Development Program University of Calgary 2500 University Drive N.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada Help us to improve the newsletter. Send your feedback, ideas or arti- cles to: Adriana Zuniga SEDV Newsletter Editor “If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems as- sociated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts”. David Suzuki 15  May: SEDV Community Mixer (May 20, 2016), Garden Planting (TBD) and Ecology Trip (May 28-29, 2016)  June: DIRTT (TBD)  July: Fort McMurray (TBD)  September: Fall Festival (TBD) IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS Thank you to everyone who helped make this edition possible MSc in Sustainable Energy Development The University of Calgary’s Master of Sci- ence in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) is an interdisciplinary graduate pro- gram providing a balanced education relat- ed to energy and environmental manage- ment. A combined offering through the Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering and the Faculties of Graduate Stud- ies, Law and Environmental Design, SEDV is an unprecedented program designed for professionals and students who are seeking a broad-based and comprehensive educa- tion in sustainable energy. For more information about our program, visit: SEDV website.