Victoria green economy

The proposed research is a collaboration between Vancity, the City of Victoria, and the University of Victoria to bring together the necessary information (financial, regulatory, and knowledge, respectively) to build a plan that will initiate Victoria’s Green Economy. Interns will be part of distinct interviewing panels that will research the needs, benefits, and obstacles of the development of a green economy.

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.

Sediment Removal Frequency Optimization for Wet-Detention Stormwater Management Ponds

Sediment build-up in stormwater management ponds decreases their overall capacity to hold water and reduces their efficiency, in terms of controlling pollution. For this reason, and in order to comply with government regulations, municipalities must remove the sediment periodically. Determining when maintenance is required is difficult because it depends on a number of factors, and the actual cost of sediment removal from a wet pond is difficult to predict.

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 an environmental impact assessment tool for sports events

Although there is growing awareness of the need for sports events to take account of their environmental impacts and be “greener”, few sports organizations comprehensively assess their environmental performance due to the lack of tailored methods and tools. Small events in particular have limited resources and would benefit from a simplified assessment approach that allows them to rapidly estimate impacts. Through this study, Quantis aims to develop a new tool and method, using a life cycle assessment approach, to be applied to the sport event sector.

Carbon dioxide capture and concentration from combustion flue gases by adsorption based technology

Removal of CO2 from different gas streams, such as fossil fuel combustion gases, is becoming increasingly important to reduce effects of global warming. It is widely recognized that adsorption process is a promising technology provided that materials with high capacity and selectivity toward CO2 are available. Materials with sponge-like properties, such as ordered mesoporous silicas, are ideal for CO2 capture. If this type of material can be made highly efficient, reusable and stable, it will open the path to a low cost carbon sequestration.

Devulcanization of Scrap Rubber and Incorporation of Devulcanized Rubber in Virgin Rubber Compounds

In this research crumb rubber derived from scrap tires and scrap automotive rubber products is devulcanized using a thermo-mechanical devulcanization process with supercritical carbon dioxide in a twin screw extruder. Devulcanized rubber then is incorporated in a virgin tire rubber compound in order  to lower the material cost. The main intention of this project is to recycle and re-use the scrap rubbers in new rubber products. For the second stage we are intending to devulcanize the scrap EPDM rubbers from car weather strips and re-use them again for the same application.