CRD Celebrates Students for Solving Real-Life Sustainability Challenges

Apr 06, 2016

Victoria, BC – Last night, students celebrated their real-world solutions for climate change and sustainability challenges put forward by local governments, institutions and non-profit organizations at the third annual Ready, Set, Solve awards ceremony.

Ready, Set, Solve is a program hosted by the Capital Regional District (CRD), with support from BC Hydro Power Smart, the University of Victoria and Camosun College 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 who participated,” said Vic Derman, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee at the Capital Regional District. “The goal of Ready, Set, Solve is to provide both avenues for learning and opportunities to apply this knowledge to future initiatives aimed at addressing the challenge of climate change. Thank you for your interest and contributions.”

Congratulations to the top team members Adam Huggins and Hyeone Park from the University of Victoria for winning tuition credits for helping the University of Victoria to investigate the feasibility of edible gardens and other food growth options for the campus.

“We are pleased to be a supporter of this program,” said Matt Greeno, Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Victoria. “Ready, Set, Solve builds a connection between what students are learning in their coursework to real action on climate change issues.”

Shannon Craig, Manager of Environmental Sustainability Camosun College said “Camosun is very proud to be a part of Ready, Set, Solve. This program is unique and relevant – it highlights students’ capacity to be creative and innovative when faced with sustainability challenges in our region. The program also provides the opportunity for students to work in inter-professional teams and with community stakeholders, valuable and transferable experience captured outside of the classroom.”

Since early 2016, forty-two students from a variety of academic backgrounds volunteered their time to solve thirteen unique energy and climate challenges. The diversity of challenges ranged from developing an outreach video connecting our actions on land to the effects on the Salish Sea for a community not-for-profit organization, to assessing lighting energy use at local schools to researching best practice for establishing a Development Permit Area for a municipality.

Each organization will now use the results towards implementation. A summary of each challenge and team results can be found at   

Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.


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