Posted July 4, 2019 by BSc in Environmental Science Students
Coburg Peninsula is an important part of the Colwood community, commonly used by beachgoers, children, dog walkers and more. The City of Colwood is interested in determining the level of metals in the seabed that may have been introduced by the early industry that operated in the area during the 1800s.
School of Environment and Sustainability (SES) staff and faculty are committed to going paperless and began this process at the beginning of this fiscal year. Although previously committed to the 4rs of reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery, we decided to introduce another based on student feedback—refuse. Thus, we will be trying, wherever possible, to go paperless at a minimum in our own office use, and ideally in the classroom.
Ever wondered what happens to that old computer, TV, printer, phone etc. otherwise known as e-waste that you recycle? According to estimates unfortunately 75% of the e-waste is recycled in the unregulated informal sector resulting in significant risk for exposure to toxic contaminants to recyclers. There are a few of these informal recycling places in Ghana, where end-of life electronic equipment is dismantled to recover printed circuit board. The remnants are then burnt in open fires or home-made smoke stacks to recover valuable metals such as copper.
The School of Environment & Sustainability has welcomed the last elementary school class for the 2018/2019 school year. The Grade 3/4 class was so excited to spend the day with us! They spent the morning in the lab doing science experiments and then listening to a Hummingbird presentation by Alison Moran (each student got to take a hummingbird feeder home!!).