[ensu] lots of announcements

  • From: matt.niedzielski@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: ensu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 22:36:12 -0500

Read the list carefully folks. I neglected my duties for the past few days so 
there's a lot of info in this e-mail.

1) Benefit Concert for Bike Share, organized by ENSU, Friday Feb 27th.
2) Work opportunity: Toronto Conservation Authority
3) Environmental Career Day March 3rd
4) CCHREI Student Ambassadors and Awards
5) IES Wednesday seminars, something different every Wednesday
6) The Canadian Science Writers' Association 33rd annual science conference 
7) The Fulbright-OAS Ecology Initiative/Award for graduate work


Come out to support alternative transportation and see some incredible local
musical talent!

The Environmental Students' Union is hosting a benefit concert for BikeShare
this Friday February 27th at B-Side (129 Peter St. above Fez Batik). Doors
open at 9pm and cover charge is $7. All proceeds will go towards BikeShare a
bike lending system in downtown Toronto. The concert will feature Siân
Evans, the July 26th Movement and of course our very own Caroline Brooks.
For more information check out our website www.utoronto.ca/envstudy/ensu


The University of Toronto Career Centre is currently advertising the
following position(s), which may be of interest to you:

POSITION TITLE: Waterfront Administrative Clerk


POSITION DURATION: Full Time Permanent

HOW TO APPLY: Fax or email - resume& cover letter

For the complete job description, including the Method of Application,
please visit the University of Toronto Career Centre's website at

If you are a first time user, you will need to register on the website
before you can access the job
listing. For assistance with the website please call (416) 978-8000.

To find the job posting on the Career Centre website, use the following job
order number:


University of Toronto's Environmental Career Day 2004

What:  A chance to find the environmental job/career of your dreams

Where: Debates Room and Great Hall of Hart House
St. George Campus, UofT

When: Wednesday March 3, 2004
09:00-12:00 Speaker Series in Hart House Debates Room 
12:00-01:30 Lunch - By invitation only
01:30-04:00 Exposition in the Hart House Great Hall.  (25+     
                     exhibits with possible job, internship and 
                     volunteer opportunities!)
04:00-05:00 Evening Reception

For more information visit the website:

Contact Bhavnita Mistry: 416-978-3475 or bhavnita.mistry@xxxxxxxxxxx 
Donna Workman: 416-978-7077 or d.workman@xxxxxxxxxxx

Note: Valid 2003-2004 University ID card required.

The Canadian Council for Human Resources in the
 Environment Industry (CCHREI) is now accepting
 applications for its Student Ambassador and
 Student Award for Environmental Excellence
 programs. Post-secondary students are invited to
 submit their proposals for a poster presentation
 on research or study related to one of the
 following areas:

 - Corporate Sustainability

 - Energy and Climate Change

 - Building Better Cities

 Five students from across Canada will be selected
 to present their poster at GLOBE 2004, held in
 Vancouver from March 31 to April 2. Acting as
 CCHREI's student ambassadors, these students will
 each receive an award of $1,000 and a conference
 pass. The $1,000 should be used to cover all, or
 part of, the student's travel and accommodation

 In addition to the monetary award, student
 ambassadors will benefit from:

 - The opportunity to present a research project to
 peers and conference delegates

 - Access to all conference speakers' sessions

 - The chance to meet and network with
 environmental leaders from government and industry

 - The prospect of meeting other students with
 environmental career interests and the opportunity
 to network with potential employers

 - The ability to become familiar with CCHREI, an
 organization that works to build Canada's
 environmental workforce

 Please visit www.cchrei.ca/globe/ambassadors.html
 for the application form and additional
 information about the ambassador and award
 programs.Online applications, poster proposals,
 and reference letters must be received by CCHREI
 no later than March 3rd, 2004. Successful
 candidates will be notified of their acceptance by
 March 5, 2004.

 If you have any questions or concerns about this
 program, please do not hesitate to contact Kitt
 Chanthaboune at (403) 233-0748 ext. 244 or by
 emailing kchant@xxxxxxxxxx In the meantime, please
 stay-tuned for upcoming information from CCHREI on
 the environment-related resources that we offer
 educators and students.

 Thank-you very much for your time and we look
 forward to hearing from you.


 The Canadian Council for Human Resources in the
 Environment Industry (CCHREI)

 1450, 700 - 4 Av S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 3J4

 Tel.: (403) 233-0748

 Fax.: (403) 269-9544

WED MARCH 10, 2004, 4:00 p.m.
DAVID ETKIN, Natural Hazards and Risk Analyst, Adaptation and Impacts
Research Group, Environment Canada
Natural disasters are complex phenomena, the causes of which lie to a
large extent in human behaviour that creates vulnerable communities.  In
order to reduce vulnerability and thereby mitigate the risk of
disasters, it is important to consider underlying values, particularly
with respect to how people perceive risk, and view and interact with the
natural world.  Advancing an interdisciplinary, ecological paradigm, it
is argued that disaster mitigation needs to be addressed through a
process that 
results in a greater emphasis on our interactions with and reliance upon
the natural world, and the development of community resilience.

WED MARCH 24, 2004, 4:00 p.m.
PHIL BYER, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Institute for
Environmental Studies, University of Toronto
(joint IES and WASTE-ECON Program seminar)
The management of residential and commercial solid wastes in
environmentally sound ways is a major challenge for developing
countries.  As an active participant in the University of Toronto's
CIDA-funded Waste-Econ Program for the past four years, Professor Byer
has taught short courses and worked on several waste management projects
in Vietnam and Laos, including landfill siting and waste composting.  In
this seminar, he will present some of his experiences and observations,
and discuss major environmental, economic and social challenges related
to waste management facing these countries.  The challenges include the
increasing generation of more complex wastes, disposal through poorly
sited and designed landfills, collection and recycling by an informal
sector that is primarily women and children, and inadequate
institutional structures and funds to properly manage wastes.  He will
also discuss ways that countries such as Canada can best support
developing countries in addressing these problems while remaining humble
because of our own waste management problems.
    The WASTE-ECON Program (Making Waste for the Economy in Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos), led by Virginia Maclaren of Geography, is a 5-year
project at the Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of
Geography.  Program activities include pilot projects, student research,
training and workshop courses, and a seminar series at U of T.  Please
visit http://test.ots.utoronto.ca/users/WasteEcon/ or
http://www.utoronto.ca/env/ies/research.htm for more information.

WED MARCH 31, 2004, 4:00 p.m.
CHRIS KENNEDY, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Toronto
Following Abel Wolman's analysis of the urban metabolism of a typical
American city in 1965, metabolism studies have been conducted for
several cities around the world.  Professor Kennedy reviews the
development of the urban metabolism concept, presents an analysis of the
metabolism of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and draws comparisons with
other cities.
    An urban metabolism analysis is a means of quantifying the overall
fluxes of energy, water, material and wastes into and out of an urban
region.  The urban metabolism provides comprehensive information about
the health of a city: energy efficiency, material cycling, waste
management and effectiveness of infrastructure.  Many suggest that the
degree to which cities have circular as opposed to linear metabolisms is
a measure of the sustainability of a city.
    The most noticeable feature of the GTA's metabolism is that inputs
have generally increased at higher rates than outputs over the study
years (1987 and 1999).  The inputs of water and electricity have
increased marginally less than the rate of population growth (25.6 %),
while estimated inputs for food and gasoline have increased by
marginally greater percentages than the population.  With the exception
of CO2 emissions, the measured output parameters are growing slower than
the population; residential solid wastes and wastewater loadings have
actually decreased in absolute terms over the 12 year period.  However,
several metabolism parameters remain undetermined.
The Canadian Science Writers' Association will be holding its 33rd
annual science conference at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto June
5-7, 2004.

The theme of this year's conference is "H2Oh?/ H2Eau? The Science of
Water and How It Affects Our Lives". The conference is supported by
Health Canada, Environment Canada, and Natural Resources Canada as
Conference Partners.

The theme reflects the fact that Water is life. All living things depend
on water to support life and Canada's freshwater resources help drive
the nation's economy. With about 20-25% of all the fresh water in the
world Canada has enjoyed a tremendous advantage over other nations, and
yet we know that we are experiencing more water-related catastrophes
than ever.

The 2004 CSWA annual conference, to be held at the International
Conference Centre in downtown Toronto, uncovers the science and
technology behind major local, national and international issues
surrounding this precious resource.
Preliminary program information and registration is available on-line at
our web site at http://www.sciencewriters.ca/conference/index.html or/
By Phone: 1-800-796-8595
By Email: office@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
It is my pleasure to call your attention to an awards program designed to 
recognize and support Canadian professionals and students active in the areas 
of environmental protection and sustainable development. Your assistance in 
disseminating this information among the Sierra Club of Canada community would 
be most appreciated.

The Fulbright-OAS Ecology Initiative supports exceptional individuals 
throughout the Americas who have contributed in important ways to sustainable 
development and environmental protection in their own countries.  Valued at 
more than US$30,000 over two years, the Fulbright-OAS Ecology Award offers 
successful candidates the opportunity to pursue a  graduate degree in the 
fields of natural sciences, social sciences or public policy at a university of 
their choice in the United States.  

Each year, one individual from each country in the Western Hemisphere is 
awarded a Fulbright-OAS Ecology scholarship.  This year, Mr. Ian Scott, a 
University of Victoria alumnus and currently Georgian Basin Program Coordinator 
at Ecotrust Canada, was selected to participate in the prestigious program.

The competition officially opens March 1, 2004 and applications will be 
accepted until May 31, 2004 for awards to be taken up September 2005.  As of 
March 1, applications will be available to download at 
www.laspau.harvard.edu/fb-oas.htm (username- fbapp, password- education).

Applicants must have outstanding academic and professional qualifications and 
the potential to take a leadership role in addressing environmental issues in 
the region. Candidates must be Canadian citizens who demonstrate the potential 
to assume a leadership role in fostering environmental preservation.

Thank you very much for reviewing this information.  For further information, I 
would encourage you to visit our web site at www.fulbright.ca or to contact me 
directly at (613) 688-5517, ajharvey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx  Your assistance in 
informing your community of awards available through the Canada-US Fulbright 
Program is greatly appreciated.




Amy J. Harvey
Program Officer
The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program
350 Albert St., Suite 2015
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1A4
Tel: 613-688-5517, Fax: 613-237-2029

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