Social impact measurement toolkits and course development

The social sector, comprised of organizations and businesses that aim to create positive social change, is under pressure to show evidence of their impact. However, many struggle to demonstrate their outcomes beyond
reporting their activities. Many investors, donors and supporters want to know the actual outcomes of the work done by these organizations, but they are not provided with enough information.

Assessing the environmental impact of utility pole types: leachability and disposal of PCP and CCA from treated wood poles

Wood poles, such as those used in electric transmission lines, are treated with preservatives to protect the poles’ structural integrity in the face of insect, fungal and environmental challenges. While extending the lifespan of the pole, these preservatives—the most important being chromated copper arsenate (CCA) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) mixtures—may leach into the surrounding environment/soil.

AI-Enabled Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Drinking Water Sources

Research consists of source water data acquisition and curation; machine learning forecasting of source water quality and climate change scenario modeling will be conducted by the intern.

A Comparison of Calibration Methods for Gas Pressure Gauge Testing

Accuracy of gas pressure gauge measurements is important to ensure that gas companies bill their customers accurately.
There are also safety implications since what is being measured is a flammable substance. Calibration is typically used to
ensure that measurements taken by a gas pressure gauge do not drift far from the correct values: pressure measurements
are taken with the device being calibrated and with a device that is known to give very accurate readings; differences between
the two sets of readings are used to make corrections.

Blockchain-based ESG and SDG rating platform

Our interns will work on an innovative platform that rates companies based on their environmental, social, and ethical performance (ESG) and their contributions to global goals (SDG). They will help create digital tokens (NFTs) that ensure the data stays secure and trustworthy, while also protecting privacy with advanced technology (ZKSnarks). The project involves developing AI algorithms that can review company reports and generate scores, along with another AI that can interact with investors in real-time.

Cross-cultural Governance of Okanagan Lake: Entering Ethical Space

This research will inform the co-governance arrangements for the Syilx-led klusxnitk? (Okanagan Lake) Responsibility Plan by exploring the praxis of ethical space in the development and implementation of the plan, and focusing on two themes: worldviews and knowledge systems.

Comparing acute effects of natural and synthetically derived psilocybin using a mixed-methods approach

There is growing public interest in the therapeutic use of mushrooms that contain a psychoactive ingredient called psilocybin. There are two categories of psilocybin available for clinical use right now. Natural psilocybin, which is extracted from the mushroom, and synthetically derived psilocybin-like compounds. Synthetic psilocybin is more commonly used in clinical trials because companies producing synthesized psilocybin have a larger share of the market.

Synthesis and Characterization of High-rate, Long-life, and Low-cost Li4Ti5O12-based Anode for Fast-charging Batteries

Li4Ti5O12 batteries are one of the most promising fast-charging technology due to the good structural and electrochemical stability of the Li4Ti5O12 anode. However, Li4Ti5O12 has several limitations, such as relatively low energy density and high cost, preventing the market penetration of Li4Ti5O12 batteries. The objective of this collaborative project between Dr.

Cougar habitat use and predation in a changing landscape

Cougars are one of the most important predators of BC’s large mammals, especially species valued for hunting. Yet, we know little about the habitat needs and responses of cougars to landscape disturbance and hunter harvest. In this project, we fit GPS-collars on 50 adult cougars in order to quantify their seasonal habitat use and predation rates of mule deer and other ungulates in relation to wildfires, roads, and forestry activity.

Regenerative Tourism Strategies within Kelowna BC to Promote Destination Development and Environmental Sustainability

For many communities, the tourism industry is an important and integral part of their cultural, social, and economic capital. It provides many jobs, salaries, and wages within local communities contributing to overall gross domestic product. While this industry creates opportunity and revenue there are also negative environmental impacts that cannot be ignored. The tourism industry is reliant on a healthy, pristine and accessible environment however this same industry is actively contributing to environmental degradation.