The production of pellets made from biochar and waste organic material for soil amendment

Recent studies demonstrated that biochar produced from the thermochemical decomposition of biomass at high temperatures without oxygen (pyrolysis) can be used as a soil amendment to improve soil properties, sequester carbon and reduce soil greenhouse gas emissions. However, uniform and safe application of biochar in field is a drawback, due to the low density and particle size of biochar. Thus, the general objective of this internship research project is to produce pellets made from biochar that could be used for soil amendment in order to improve soil physico-chemical properties.

Analysis of the economic, environmental and social implications of energy storage

In order to assist the successful implementation of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ACLP), a study aimed at the viability of energy storage technology will be conducted. The ACLP has set forth plans to completely phase out coal power generation, and achieve 30 percent renewable power by 2030. This new, made in Alberta, energy plan is aligned with the goals and beliefs of EQUS. As a leader in environmental stewardship, many of EQUS’s cooperative members are early adapters of renewable energy generation.

Balancing costs and benefits of invasive species management for endangered wetland reptiles

Invasive species can have major effects on the landscape, but sometimes their effects are assumed to be negative before they are scientifically tested. The common reed is an extremely tall and robust grass that is moving rapidly into wetlands across Canada. Common reed is believed to threaten some reptiles by reducing their access to suitable habitats, but this has not been tested. In this project, we use state-of-the-art tracking equipment to directly test whether endangered turtles and snakes are forced to change their habitat use in areas impacted by the common reed.

AChT Green Methanol Plant

Advanced Chemical Technologies has developed a unique combination of existing processes to create a new method of making methanol. This proposed method actually consumes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, or CO2, meaning it could help reduce the environmental impact of Ontario’s manufacturing. This internship would involve the simulation of this proposed process using advanced chemical engineering software.

Mapping issues and stakeholders related to the development of Canada’s restoration plan for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin

The Great Lakes St Lawrence (GLSL) Basin is central to Canada’s economy and culture, and a primary water source. Several stressors are deteriorating these critical ecosystems. This proposed project aims to lay the foundations for efforts to improve coordination related to the restoration of the GLSL region. The proposed project consists of mapping stakeholders, issues, and existing initiatives and infrastructure regarding the Canadian side of the GLSL restoration plan.

Modeling of packing processes for ellipsoidal particles of arbitrary size

Liquefaction is a destructive phenomenon which usually takes place after an earthquake in areas with water-saturated soil or sand. During the liquefaction process, soil loses its strength and can no longer support structures and buildings which often leads to their destruction. To prevent damages associated with liquefaction, it is critical to study this phenomenon and understand its underlying mechanisms. One approach to study liquefaction is through computer simulation using the discrete element method.

Searchable Social and Environmental Impact Measurement Database

Stakeholders from all business sectors are increasingly looking to businesses to address pressing social and/or environmental issues. Co-operatives are facing the same challenges, and must also use non-financial indicators to demonstrate their co-operative difference.
The purpose of this project is to develop a web-based searchable database of existing tools and frameworks to measure social and environmental performance of business and enterprises.

Innovating towards the Circular Economy

The Canadian paint and coating industry had long established programs to collect residual paint from the household and recycle it into marketable products. By doing so, the industry protects the environment by recycling a significant amount of resources which used to end up in landfills as waste. However, such programs are currently costly for both the companies and consumers, due to extra costs of collecting and recycling.

Exploration of innovative sustainability-based wine shop strategies

This project will focus in new product/services development based on customer preferences and experiences in the wine shop. With this we intend to get insights into what current Cedar Creek customers are interested in with regards to potential new products and services. In particular, we want to understand the potential for offering new products and services focused in the concept of sustainability. Furthermore, we want to understand what are the motivations that would foster a customer to purchase a sustainably-produced wine.

Sustainability planning and performance assessment in Maple Ridge, BC

The Centre for Sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University has been a leader in sustainable development theory and practice, in Canada and internationally, since 1989. The Centre stimulates sustainable development research and study in BC and elsewhere; collects and provides information about sustainable development; carries out sustainable development projects in partnership with communities and agencies, and facilitates effective use of university resources in responding to requests for assistance on sustainable development problems.