CRD Seeks Students to Solve Real-Life Climate Challenges

Jan 07, 2013

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking post-secondary students from across the capital region to solve real-life climate challenges put forward by local governments, public institutions, and community organizations.

The “Ready, Set, Solve” Program was first piloted in 2011 with more than thirty students from Royal Roads University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria. Teams worked over two months to solve eight unique energy and climate challenges. Based on the pilot’s success, the Ready, Set, Solve program is back again for 2013.

Twenty-five new challenges from municipalities, non-profit organizations and schools have been posted on the CRD website. The search is now on to find undergraduate student teams from each of the three local campuses to research and develop practical solutions.

“The goal of Ready, Set, Solve is to provide students with a tangible way to take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the community,” says Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of Environmental Sustainability at the CRD. “Participants gain valuable resume experience while helping to address regional sustainability issues.”

Once a team of students is matched with a local challenge, the team has two months to create an innovative solution for the host. Submissions include topics such as energy conservation, sustainable transportation, food security, rainwater management, youth and adult education programs, as well as solid waste reduction.

“Ready, Set, Solve helps to build a culture of conservation and gives young people a chance to gain practical experience as they move into the job world,” said Eric Beevor-Potts, of BC Hydro. “We are pleased to once again be a community partner in this program to help local organizations reduce energy use and take action on climate change.”

Teams are rewarded for their hard work in April 2013 after presenting their solution to a panel of judges. Prizes include tuition and bookstore credits, tickets to local attractions such as whale watching and zip lining, gift certificates to local restaurants and home energy star products.

Students (who are studying under any academic discipline) can sign up as an individual or as team, by January 20, 2013.

To view a full list of this year's challenges and sign up information, please visit here.

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For further information, please contact:
Sarah Webb, Climate Action Program Manager
CRD Environmental Sustainability
Tel: 250.360.3123
Cell: 250.213.2409