Victoria, BC- After spending two months developing real-world solutions for local governments, institutions and non-profit organizations, more than sixty students from Royal Roads University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria had a chance to celebrate their work at the second annual “Ready, Set, Solve” award ceremony on April 4, 2013.
Ready, Set, Solve is a program hosted by the Capital Regional District (CRD), with support from BC Hydro that matches teams of students with organizations to solve local sustainability challenges. The program offers a chance for post-secondary students to gain practical experience while supporting organizations that are taking action on climate change.
“We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to all of the students involved this year. The level of rigour, professionalism and creativity from all eighteen teams was outstanding,” said CRD Parks & Environmental Services General Manager, Larisa Hutcheson.
First place was awarded to a team of students from Camosun College that created an inventory of bicycle infrastructure and mapped cycling routes in the Township of Esquimalt. “Working on this project was a great way to contribute back to the community,” said student David Bronaugh. “I hope Esquimalt can make good use of our work to fill existing gaps and make informed decisions when planning future investments,” he added.
Second place was awarded to a Royal Roads team that developed a youth climate action summer camp for the City of Victoria’s Parks & Recreation Department. Third place was secured by a team from UVic that designed a natural outdoor playground for the Oaklands Community Centre. All eighteen teams took home prizes and new experiences to add to their resumes.
“The Ready, Set, Solve Program offers a direct benefit to organizations in the CRD, but the lessons learned can be applied in communities across the province,” said Eric Beevor-Potts, Community Investment Specialist with BC Hydro. “We see this model as an important step in creating a culture of conservation and stewardship.”
Each organization will now use the results towards implementation. A summary of each challenge and team results can be found here.
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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
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