Forest Stewardship Group Development: Part II

The internship will involve further research, development and the implementation of up to four of the recommendations provided in the previous internship term, as outlined a recently completed report to Ecotrust Canada, titled ‘Draft Summary Report, ‘Forest Stewardship Council Group Certification Program: Next Steps’ (December 2012). The first step will be to work on the development of a proposal of services that Ecotrust Canada could provide to FSC Canada. This will involve identifying what services are needed, and how EC could deliver them while maintaining alignment with their mission.

Climate change adaptation planning for the Greater Peterborough Area

The proposed research project will result in the development of a background and scoping document to inform and assist climate change adaptation planning for the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County. It will be directed with the involvement and guidance of a municipal working group.

Development of a carbon calculator for underground utility construction

Destructive effects of Green House Oas (OHO) emissions on the environment such as climate change and global warming are some oftoday's major concerns. According to the "Environmental Protection Agency" (EPA) U.S 2010, construction is the third highest source ofOHO emission between other industrial sections. Underground utility construction projects are considered as one of the major areas of the construction projects. Also Underground infrastructure is aging across North America; hence rehabilitation or new installation of pipelines and facilities has become inevitable.

Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) — Program Evaluation and Lessons Learned for Accelerating Environmental Improvement in Established Neighbourhoods

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has launched a series of pilot Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Dillon Consulting is a lead consultant in Phase 3 of one of the pilot projects, the County Court SNAP in Brampton, Ontario. The SNAPs bring together residents, businesses, community groups and government agencies to develop a science-based action plan for change that meets the needs of the community.

An analysis of the potential for Nova Scotia’s COMFIT program’s to improve the province's energy security

To meet the targets set out in Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan (REP) on April 2010, the province is establishing a Community Feed-In-Tariffs (COMFIT) program, which sets out to encourage communities to develop renewable energy projects. The REP stipulates that 100 megawatts of renewable electricity projects are to be supplied through COMFIT. The proposed research project will document the challenges and opportunities that Wind Prospect Inc. and other respective stakeholders face in developing renewable energy prospects for the Nova Scotia COMFIT program.

Restoring native grassland function in urban environment; implications for soil-plant relations

Fescue prairie has reduced in Western Canada, because of human activities including housing development and land clearing. Urban development can impact natural ecosystems by eliminating the majority of native species, thus changing the richness and composition of the species. Strategic restoration efforts may reduce the effects of urban expansion on native ecosystem by protecting natural habitat and re-establishing modified habitat.

Development of carbon storage and emission flow diagram for harvested wood products within British Columbia

The purpose of this project is to aid in the development of more complete carbon accounting within forestry carbon projects, by working towards a means of calculating long term carbon storage within harvested wood products in British Columbia (BC). The project will involve a literature review of harvested wood products manufacturing statistic in BC and product life-cycle information. Using the literature review, a diagram will be developed modeling the flow of carbon from initial forest harvesting to product disposal.