Students prepare sustainable business cases for international competition

April 5, 2013

As part of the closing ceremony for Common Ground on March 15, MacEwan University announced its finalists for the Sustainability Campus International Competition (SCIC). The teams have moved into the incubation stage in which they will finalize their business cases and produce a video for submission on April 26. The winning team will then advance to the international competition.

The SCIC invites students from post-secondary institutions around the world to “enhance sustainability and produce environmental, social and economic returns for their campus.” Winners will be given prize money and guidance to help them implement their plan.

“The MacEwan University teams have a lot of work ahead of them to get ready for the internationals,” says Chantal Beaudoin, head of Sustainability and one of the competition’s judges.

“The key will be for them to incorporate judge feedback and consult with stakeholders targeted by their idea and make their proposal ready for implementation.”

About the finalists

Solar Greenhouse Test Module
Team members: Derek Reid, Misha Bazelevsky, Rerain Song

Traditional commercial greenhouses in Alberta typically shut down during December and January because it’s too costly to heat them and provide sufficient lighting for fruiting crops. The Solar Greenhouse Test Module team believes that MacEwan University can do better than a traditional greenhouse.

If a greenhouse is going to be built at City Centre Campus, the team believes that it must be optimized for use throughout the winter, using natural light as much as possible and providing a good temperature during all seasons. The team’s research and proposal is focused on saving significant energy using passive technology.

Promoting E-books For A More Sustainable Campus
Team members: Brad Angove, Huy Do, Travis Guay, Koby Long

Today’s average reader has more digital-format information available than ever before as society begins to transition towards electronic means of reading. This paradigm shift of educational material is affecting students, faculty and MacEwan University bookstores, and the team proposes leveraging this trend to the benefit of the university.

The team is exploring an option for students to purchase reference material on a chapter-by-chapter or topic basis. This would reduce costs for students and likely increase their chances of purchasing digital textbooks from the bookstore. The team’s proposal seeks to provide economic returns for the bookstore and improve environmental sustainability by saving trees and reducing emissions.

Solar Panel Sun for Fun
Team members: Rafael Symes Sandoval , Enrique Rochin Godinez, Stephania Carbonio Ruiz

Solar Panel Sun for Fun’s proposal is aimed at researching the feasibility of implementing solar panels at MacEwan University to decrease its reliance on non-renewable resources and to save money by reducing energy bills by using a sustainable renewable energy source.

The team is consulting the Alternative Energy Report by Vital Engineering. The project is focused on reducing carbon dioxide emission gases caused by the use of electricity at the university. This idea builds on MacEwan University’s image in the community as an institution committed to preserving the environment and to acting as a role model to other universities in creating sustainable campuses.

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