Award illustrates local connections and value

UNBC’s Environmental Leadership award from the PG Chamber of Commerce

On the eve of the annual Maclean’s ranking of Canadian universities, UNBC is enjoying two recent hermes belts replica honours: one national, one local. The national recognition came courtesy of the Globe and Mail in its annual <a title="globe and mail university hermes replica belt
report” href=”http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/canadian-university-report/canadian-university-report-2013-student-satisfaction-survey-results/article4631980/” target=”_blank”>Canadian University Report, published last week. The Globe’s survey of universities covers topics ranging from class size and quality of teaching to career opportunities for grads. UNBC earned an A or A- in a number of categories, but it was in one category – environmental commitment – where UNBC scored the top mark in Canada: an A. Only 5 other universities in Canada earned an A and UNBC was the only one in BC.

The green theme continued this weekend when the Prince George Chamber of Commerce presented UNBC with the “environmental leadership” award at the annual local Business Excellence Awards. It was at the Chamber’s event where I was reminded how our work related to energy and sustainability involves so many others from business and the community.

One example is a project that has been underway related to ash utilization from bioenergy systems. The aim of the research has been to quantify the composition of ash and its value as a soil amendment to enhance plant growth. Look at how just this one project involved those at the Chamber awards banquet:

  • One of the researchers has been Bill McGill, a UNBC soil scientist and the Chamber’s past-president who was sitting in the front row when I accepted the environmental leadership award on behalf of UNBC.
  • The primary hermes birkin bag funder of the research was Canfor, sponsor of the Chamber’s service excellence award.
  • Fuel for the bioenergy plant is provided by Lakeland Mills, which is part of Sinclar Group Forest Products (nominated for business of the year) and led by Sinclar CEO Greg Stewart (a nominee for business person of the year).

The faculty and students who were involved in the research took ash from UNBC and other nearby bioenergy facilities and added biosolids from the local wastewater treatment plant to come up with a fertilizer that was rich in nutrients, organic matter, and nitrogen. It was applied in trials at both PRT’s tree nursery near Prince George and Taseko Mine’s Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine site northeast of Williams Lake. The trials showed that the ash-biosolids mixture can enhance plant growth by as much as 200%.

This research is significant for what it contributes to the continuum hermes belt size chart men
of forest management and how “waste” can be valuable: trees are harvested to make forest products, the residuals (formerly called “wood waste”) from sawmills are utilized in bioenergy systems to produce energy, and the ash (waste from energy production) can then be used to foster the growth of more trees. This project is also a perfect example of how a university can demonstrate environmental leadership that has real value to a chamber of commerce, and the business/community interests it represents.

Rob

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About Rob van Adrichem

Rob van Adrichem is a UNBC grad and the University’s Vice-President for External Relations. He was born and raised in Prince George and has been an employee of UNBC since 1992. He was appointed by former Premier Gordon Campbell to a provincial council on climate action and has been a champion of UNBC’s efforts to be a model for sustainability. He is married with two young children.