An environmental sampling and modeling study in the Nut Brook-Kelligrews River Watersheds, Newfoundland

The Nut Brook-Kelligrews River watershed is located at the western outskirts of the city of St. John's, Newfoundland. The area has been impacted due to industrial, agricultural, and commercial activities in the watershed and public concerns have been raised on the environmental impacts from these activities on the water quality of the rivers flowing through a residential community prior to discharging into Conception Bay.

Effects of Trail Density on Biodiversity

The relationship of biodiversity to trail density (e.g. meters of trail per hectare) will be the focus of this internship, an attempt to determine the carrying capacity of ecosystems for trail density.

The Urban Greening Model: Furthering a City’s Goal Towards Sustainability through Prioritized Tree planting Regimes

Urban forests, characterized by trees and green spaces in urban areas, are highly prized for their socioeconomic and environmental contributions to society. Models to quantify the benefits of urban forests exist (energy savings, storm water mitigation etc.), but there is no process by which the models' results are then directed towards the broader planning goals of a municipality.

Treatment of the Effluent Wastewater Generated in the Existing TODA Plant in Sarnia

Separation of dissolved solids (sodium sulfate salt) from effluent wastewater of TODA Inc. in Sarnia will be experimentally explored based on the proposed/recommended technology by the Company. In the first term of the internship, several technologies from the State-of-the-arts and Best Available technologies have been reviewed, analyzed and compared according to environmental and economical aspects. Newly innovated technology "Membrane Crystallization" process was selected an approved by TODA for experimental verification. In this technology a hydrophobic membrane is applied.

Recycling of Electronic Waste

Electronic waste such as computers is an increasing problem as they quickly become obsolete. Currently, most electronic waste is either landfilled or (often illegally) sent to developing countries to be recycled, since it contains valuable metals such as copper and gold. Electronic waste should be viewed as a resource rather than a waste material since it contains levels of valuable metals often ten times higher than can be found in naturally occuring ore deposits. Based on current metal prices, each kilogram of the metallic electronic waste sample at Kemetco is worth US $25.

Project Blue Sky

Project Blue Sky is a website and data entry widget that was created through a partnership with the Province of BC, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Masters of Digital Media students at the Great Northern Way Campus. Its goal is to encourage individuals to avoid driving and pledge that carbon reduction against the 2010 Winter Games indirect carbon footprint.

South Simcoe Green Business Transformation Project

Through a review of best practices in planning and economic development for sustainable communities the partner will obtain background information on how to move forward strategically with implementing the Green Business Transformation Project. A comparison of existing planning policies in South Simcoe at the provincial, regional and local level with sustainable community models provides Nottawasaga Futures with a menu of options to move towards more sustainable communities.

Technologies for the Elimination of Used Diapers

The City of Hamilton and McMaster University School of Engineering Practice are developing a proposal for environmentally friendly technologies that will eliminate the need to send the soiled diapers to a landfill. The project will recommend the most effective technologies and estimate the costs of building such a facility. The City has set a goal of diverting 65% of the waste from a landfill to other uses. The residential diversion rate has increased from 20% in 2002 to 40% in 2006.

City of Hamilton Public Policy for Elimination of Diaper Disposal in a Landfill

The City of Hamilton and McMaster University School of Engineering and Public Policy are developing a proposal for public policies that will divert disposal diapers from landfill. The project will recommend the most effective and efficient public policies to address the diaper waster diversion initiatives of the city to meet their waste reduction goal. The waste management goal of the City of Hamilton is to divert 65% of the waste from landfill to other uses by the end of 2011. In 2007 they achieved the diversion rate of 40$.

An individual-based model of the Cape Breton Island American marten (Martes mericana) population and habitat usage of released individuals

The American marten is a mink sized member of the weasel family. The Cape Breton Island population is believed to consist of fewer than 50 individuals. The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR; partner organization) have already begun efforts to augment the population in association with other partners. Individual based models (IBMs) are used to simulate population level processes (e.g. persistence, distribution) through cumulative individual life histories (e.g. reproduction, dispersal, mortality) in a virtual habitat.

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