Ready Set Solve Project Establishes Local Climate Solutions

Dec 16, 2011

Victoria, BC –Twenty-five students involved in the Capital Regional District’s inaugural Ready, Set, Solve project, an initiative aimed at solving local climate challenges, will head into the winter break with a new outlook on applied research.

After spending two months developing energy and climate solutions for municipalities and non-profit organizations, undergraduate students from Royal Roads University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria had a chance to showcase the results of their work at an awards ceremony held on December 8, 2011.

“We offer our sincere congratulations to each of the teams. The level of rigour, professionalism and creativity that the students demonstrated through their projects was outstanding,” said CRD Environmental Sustainability General Manager Larisa Hutcheson. “Our goal was to build capacity for action by providing a program that offered tangible results for students and host organizations.”

“This was an incredible experience,” says Giovanna Heron, a member of the three-person team who won first prize for building a corporate greenhouse gas inventory tool for the Town of Sidney. “We wanted to create a practical tool that would help staff manage energy and report on their efforts to reduce GHG emissions. It was hard work, but worth it.”

“Students were given a chance to take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the community” said Melissa Kendzierski, Project Manager with goBEYOND. “Each challenge required technical understanding, critical thinking and strong communication – skills that are relevant for their academic and professional careers.”

“For every action there is a reaction,” said Eric Beevor-Potts, of BC Hydro PowerSmart. “The outcomes of Ready, Set, Solve provide a direct benefit to the individual organizations in the CRD, but the lessons learned can be applied in communities across the province.”

Each host organization will now implement the results of their challenge starting in January 2012. A summary of the projects has been posted online.

The Ready, Set, Solve project was supported by the Capital Regional District and BC Hydro and delivered in partnership with the Go Beyond Campus Climate Network.

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Photos of Award Winners and Project Summaries are available.
For more information contact:

Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
250.360.3229