Impact off Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration on Whales

Dr. Weilgart is a Professor in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University. She has studied whales for the past 20 years, specializing in the issue of undersea noise pollution and its impact on whales. This presentation gives a concise summary of the impact of offshore oil and gas exploration methods on marine mammals. Click on the link below to “Impact of Seismic Surveys on Whales” to view the presentation.
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Presentation to Engineers Without Borders

Presentation by Michel de Spot, P.Eng. at the Engineers Without Border Conference UBC March 13, 2004. If sustainability principles will guide us to a secure future, then nowhere do these principles need more urgent application than within the field of engineering. What do these principles mean in practice? What knowledge, skills, and actions are required by engineers to shift sustainability theory to practical application? What are the current initiatives and best practices locally and globally? These questions have been the focus of Sustainability Now for the past four years. The presentation summarizes the findings of this leading edge initiative and what challenges and opportunities expect future graduates who want to incorporate sustainability in their future career.
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Why Cities are inherently unsustainable

… and why they are a key to sustainabbility. Presentation by William Rees in March 2003. Bille Rees argues that “For all the recent advances in technology and resource productivity,’great cities’ remain ever more materially dependent on a vast (and increasingly global) hinterland. They can produce the’wealth of nations’ only by first consuming the products and services of the ecosphere.” The average ecological footprints of residents of high-income countries range between four and ten hectares. Therefore the ecological footprints of high income cities are typically hundreds of times larger than their political or geographic areas. The key is exploiting the urban sustainability multiplier.
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Climate Change: The role of engineers and geoscientists

Presentation by Henri Heneveld to APEGBC in Penticton (AGM 2003). Unlike many other environmental issues, the science behind climate change involves the earth’s entire life support system, its oceans and fresh water, its soils and vegetation, and most importantly, its atmosphere. As a result, climate change science is complex science. While much is known about how the climate system works, there are also many uncertainties still remaining. The challenge of understanding what is happening to the climate system, and what we can expect to happen in the future, therefore, requires the collaboration of many scientists from many disciplines, each contributing his or her piece in putting the complex puzzle together.
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Introductory Presentation to APEGBC Interface Workshop by Michel de Spot

Michel de Spot provides the context for the Interface Workshop, held June 19, 2003 in Vancouver. He presents brief definitions of activities related to sustainability in general and to engineers and geoscientists in particular, and describes APEGBC’s Sustainability Management System.
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Job Posting: Climate Science and Impacts Staff Scientist Position

Climate Science and Impacts Staff Scientist Position (posted JUNE 4, 2003) The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks an individual to serve as climate change staff scientist and member of the Sound Science Initiative project team. Under the direction of the Deputy Director of the Global Environment Program, s/he will: Provide substantive guidance of UCS work to assess and publicize the ecological and societal impacts of climate change in specific regions of the United States. Design and guide collaborative analyses of the projected impacts of climate change on key sectors (agriculture, water resources tourism, coasts, etc). Lead production of report(s) and participate in the design and implementation of outreach and media strategies. Help craft project grant proposals and reports and manage relevant budgets. Initial focus will be on California with likely expansion to climate impacts activities in other regions of the US. Identify, develop and implement activities to strengthen public and policymaker understanding of climate change, the effectiveness of key climate science institutions and the sound representation of climate change science and impacts in the media including activities to support the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Maintain strong working relationships with prominent scientists in climate related fields, and engage members of the scientific community in UCS activities. Provide technical review of scientific and policy aspects of UCS climate change materials. Tailor the style and content of materials for technical and/or general audiences, as appropriate. Serve as media spokesperson on climate science and impacts issues. Maintain knowledge of developments and trends on key aspects of climate and global change science and help to determine appropriate UCS activities. Position requires in-depth knowledge of global change science, including the ecological and/or societal impacts of climate change, generally acquired through completion of a Ph.D in a relevant field, demonstrable skills in project management, an ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change, strong public speaking skills, demonstrable ability to write for general audiences, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Successful candidates will have at least two years of related professional experience, including experience in communicating science to non-specialists and in developing and guiding collaborative projects. Supervisory experience is highly desirable. The position will be based in our Cambridge headquarters. Some travel will be required. To apply, send cover letter, vita, writing sample, and names of three references to: Deputy Director, Global Environment Union of Concerned Scientists Two Brattle Square Cambridge MA 02238 Email: No phone calls, please. UCS is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff and provides competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a rewarding working environment. More information is available at
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Presentation: Opportunities for Sustainable Transportation by Richard Drdul

Richard Drdul, PEng, PTOE, Community Transportation Planning Consultant, prepared this presentation for the 2002 APEGBC AGM, but due to plane-grounding fog, did not present it until the Municipal Engineers Division professional development seminar on Sustainability in Transportation held in Richmond BC in April 2003. The presentation gives an overview of simple, inexpensive transportation solutions that can be implemented today. It can be downloaded through the link below. For more information, Richard can be contacted at the email address on the sidebar.
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Professional Practice and Sustainability in Building Design

Professional Practice and Sustainability in Building Design: Presentation by Sid Siddiqui, P.Eng, LEEDtm Accredited Professional, to the 2002 APEGBC Annual Conference. Consider that: -Climate change is happening and there is an abundance of evidence all around us -North Americans use more energy and water than any other country per person -The United States alone consumes in excess of 25 percent of world’s oil -Buildings use 40 percent of the total energy used in North America -United States, China and Russia are the three biggest producers of greenhouse gases It is difficult to imagine that significant reductions in energy use and greenhouse gases will occur by simply “tweaking” current practices. The design professionals will have to take the lead and do things differently. With the right mindset and conviction, we can design buildings that are healthier for the occupants, consume less energy, last longer and have less impact on the environment. There are many examples of “green” buildings that have been designed and built and are successfully operating throughout the world. -Sid Siddiqui, P.Eng, can be contacted for further information at
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