CRD Climate Action Program Launches “Ready, Set, Solve!”

Oct 11, 2011

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District has launched a new project to connect teams of post-secondary students with municipalities and non-profit organizations to solve real life energy and climate challenges.

The Ready, Set, Solve (RSS) project takes place this academic semester and includes students from Camosun College, Royal Roads and the University of Victoria. Ten teams of students will address ten climate change challenges covering topics such as carbon accounting, waste reduction, renewable energy and sustainable transportation. Student teams come from a variety of academic disciplines and get a chance to apply their knowledge towards local sustainability priorities.

“Collaboration is at the core of climate action,” said CRD Environmental Sustainability General Manager Larisa Hutcheson. “The Ready, Set, Solve project provides relevant research opportunities for students and offers tangible results for participating organizations. We hope that this model will serve as a best practice for community climate action across the province.”

Support for the program comes from the CRD and BC Hydro PowerSmart and is delivered in partnership with the goBEYOND Campus Climate Network. The project was developed as a way to build capacity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing relationships between local governments, community organizations and academic institutions.

“We have had an incredible response to this project,” said Melissa Kendzierski, Project Manager with goBEYOND. “Students are excited to take their learning out of the classroom and into the community.”

“Ready, Set, Solve helps organizations in the Capital Region achieve their energy efficiency and climate goals and provides a platform for students to gain practical experience as they move into the job world,” said Eric Beevor-Potts, of BC Hydro PowerSmart.

The RSS project continues until December 2011, when final project summary reports will be presented to participating organizations. An awards ceremony will be held to celebrate achievements and prizes will be given out to teams that best solved their challenge.

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For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager Corporate Communications, CRD
Office: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492