Anaerobic co-digestion of organic and cellulosic wastes for increased biogas production

The goal of this research project is to study and develop optimal strategies for operating anaerobic co-digestion processes involving organic waste with cellulosic substrate derived from paper wastes. The effects of enzymatic treatment to boost degradation of the paper wastes in anaerobic conditions will also be evaluated. Furthermore, best approaches for transitioning feedstock compositions, such as from lower to higher paper content and vice versa, will be investigated.

Conservation physiology to inform management of economic activity: using hormones to identify stressors to grizzly and black bears in the Great Bear Rainforest

Wildlife have remarkable adaptations for responding to environmental change; however rapid increases in the magnitude of environmental disturbances may compromise their ability to cope. Physiological measures, such as hormones, provide a window into the responses of wildlife to environmental change. We propose to identify and rank the relative importance of multiple potential stressors that could influence grizzly and black bear physiology on the

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central coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Elimination of ethylene in AeroPod system

A local Canadian company that works on designing and manufacturing completely customizable and smart in-door ecosystems for sustainable production of fresh crops is our industrial partner. Our partner is dealing with the presence of ethylene in the atmosphere in the growth chamber. In this research, we will investigate the possibility of implementing an innovative technique that uses ozone assisted catalytic oxidation to convert ethylene to H2O and CO2 that are favorable for the developed technology by our partner.

LEARNING TO GENERATE MAPS FROM GEO-SPATIAL IMAGES

The needs for up-to-date maps are also growing fast. However, map production still heavily relies on manual annotation of geo-spatial images, i.e., aerial and satellite images, which is expensive and time consuming. This project aims to improve the mapping efficiency from geo-spatial images by over 10 times. The core technologies to be developed are semantic segmentation of geo-spatial images and shape modeling of segmentation results to generate object geometries. Accurate geometric boundaries of objects required by maps are difficult to extract using existing methods.

Laboratory and field scale biodegradability assessment for Pela case products for environmentally end-of-life management

Pela, incorporated under Open Mind Development Corporation (OMDC), manufactures environmentally sustainable products, such as compostable smartphone and laptop cases. Pela aims to lead the industry in taking complete responsibility for its manufactured products and continuously improve their lifecycle so that they have the most renewable and sustainable beginning of life, and the most graceful end of life. The Pela Case is made of Flaxstic®, which is comprised of compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials.

Mapping Slush and Sea Ice for Spring Travel Safety in Inuit Nunangat

The goal of this research is the development and operationalization of new hazardous ice mapping technology to mitigate impacts of warmer winters and springs on sea-ice travel in Arctic communities. In partnership with the northern social enterprise, SmartICE, we will develop the capability to detect and map slush and incorporate the technology into their mobile sea-ice thickness mapping system - the SmartQAMUTIK.

Production of polyurethane rigid foams using biobased polyols for insulation (part 2)

Thermal insulation of buildings and storages reduces the energy consumption for heating. Polyurethane foams are one of the efficient material for insulation. Currently, polyurethane foam industries use raw materials derived from petroleum. This research project aim to replace some of petrochemical-based materials used in polyurethane foam with biobased materials. This can reduce the dependency on petroleum oil and create new market for biobased materials. The development of biobased polyurethane foam is a challenging exercise.

Exploring the need for a standard on work environment reporting

Poor work environment (WE) contributes to poor employee physical and mental health and reduced company productivity and performance. Reporting on the WE has little guidance, making WE in corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports inconsistent and not comparable between companies. This project explores the need for a management system standard for WE reporting and the development of a prototype WE reporting tool based on a review of the scientific literature and existing standards, and stakeholder feedback through a workshop and webinar.

Characterizing dissolved methane in groundwater in the Peace Region, Northeast BC, using a regional, dedicated groundwater monitoring well network

The rapid increase in shale gas development in the Peace Region has been accompanied by concern about environmental impacts, and in particular, fugitive methane migration into shallow groundwater.

Low Cost Environmental Noise Acquisition and Source Classification System

The environmental noise pollution is continuously increasing and has multiple adverse effects on human health, quality of life and wildlife ecosystem. The noise levels are quite high as compared to the standard proposed by World Health Organization for residential neighborhoods. This kind of pollution is generally not taken care of and there exists the need to establish public awareness and create regulations to counter this issue.

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