WE Accelerate students aspire to solve climate issues

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute | Originally published by Concept

Throughout the winter 2022 term, 27 undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo participated in the Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate Innovation stream; an innovative work-term option for undergraduate co-op students entering their first work term. 

Over the course of 9-weeks, the students worked in seven interdisciplinary teams to create solutions related to climate change problem spaces identified by the IC3. Read the full article by the University of Waterloo's Concept imagined by Velocity to meet the winners and learn more about their projects. Last, but not least, congratulations to this term's winners! 

  1. Trees4Seas took home a prize of $5,000. Their team worked on a sustainable coastal erosion solution. 

  2. Community Solar took home a prize of $3,500. Their team focused on making solar investment accessible for the average consumer. 

  3. Blu-Wave took home a prize of $1,500. Their team aimed to make oil spill cleanups faster, friendlier, and cheaper. 

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On April 27, 2022, IC3’s Executive Director, Sarah Burch, spoke with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who The New York Times called “one of the nation's most effective communicators on climate change.” They discussed climate change communications, strategies for individual and collective action, transition inequities, the role of children and youth, and so much more. They also weighed in on what we’re all wondering – is there hope?

Climate change poses significant and increasing risks to water security in urban settings. Addressing this complex challenge requires collaboration and the incorporation of expertise across various disciplines. Starting at the end of May, the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute (WI) and IC3 are advancing these efforts by co-delivering a uniquely designed, three-week virtual summer school, “Climate Change and Water Security in Urbanized Watersheds: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” The summer school, aimed at graduate students and practitioners, will comprise of daily one hour sessions, Monday to Friday, from May 30 to June 17, 2022.