News archive - March 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

IN THE MEDIA: GEM professor Jonathan Price interviewed on Alberta Primetime, CTV

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Oil Sands Reclamation: Pipe Dream or Reality?

A study by University of Alberta scientists casts doubt on whether reclamation of the oil sands to a pre-mined state is possible. Still, research efforts supported by industry and government continue to focus on finding new solutions and better technology for oil sands reclamation.

Jonathan Price, professor of geography and environmental management, who is leading a research project to rebuild oil sands peatland, is interviewed on CTV.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

GEM professor Jean Andrey wins WOW teaching award

Jean Andrey, a moddile-aged woman, smiles in a purple sweater.

Longtime geography and environmental management professor Jean Andrey has been honoured again for her exceptional teaching abilities. On March 28, she received a Women of Waterloo Region (WOW) award in the education category.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Student-run conference asks big questions about water

Green reusable water bottles reading "Water 2012."

Is water a human right or a commodity? That was the question at the heart of the second annual international development conference the Student Association for International Development put on for high school and university students.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

IN THE MEDIA: Geography alumnus's sustainable consulting company profiled in the Record

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AET builds sustainable environmental consulting business

KITCHENER — When Scott Freiburger was a young man helping out on construction job sites, where his dad was a project manager, he saw a lot buildings rise from the ground. But he also saw the terrible waste of materials.

That experience led to his firm belief in sustainability — the idea that we need to give back to the Earth more than what we take — and that has formed the basis of his environmental consulting company, AET Group in Kitchener.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Co-op student of the year planning to prevent alien species invasion

Young woman holds up a report reading "Aquatic invasive species rapid response," with a picture of a fish head on the cover. In the background is a map of the Great Lakes basin.

Imagine a future where invasive species have taken over the Great Lakes. Asian carp are practically the only fish. Native fish stocks, and therefore fisheries, have collapsed. Algae grows thick in waters where people used to swim. Zebra mussels block water and effluent pipes, affecting industry and drinking water.

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