photo 2Event Coordinator: Fahmid Islam

In order to give an introduction and educate the Civil Engineering student body on Solid Waste Management, the UBC CSCE Student Chapter invited Andrew Marr to present an overview of the Solid Waste Services. Andrew Marr is a senior professional engineer and the Acting Director of Solid Waste Planning at Metro Vancouver, as well as an instructor in the School of Construction and Environment at BCIT.

Andrew presented an overview of the life cycle of solid waste, and emphasized the 4 goals of Metro Vancouver: Minimize Waste, Maximize Reuse, Recover Energy, and Disposal. He provided statistics on the rate of recycling and garbage disposal in Metro Vancouver, and the financial and political aspects that can affect this. He talked about the complete life cycle of waste, and the different types of approaches to recycle the waste. Andrew concluded the presentation by suggesting that we set realistic goals for waste management to ensure that the goals are achievable.

The UBC CSCE Student Chapter would like to thank Andrew Marr for taking the time to present his ideas and experience in Solid Waste Management.



Event Coordinators: Peggy Shen, Wendy Pan, Amber Xue

To promote sustainability in our campus, the UBC CSCE Student Chapter invited Esther Bérubé, a senior project engineer from Metro Vancouver, to give a lecture about the Zero Waste Committee. This Committee is created to challenge Metro Vancouver to increase awareness that reducing and reusing waste is a priority to managing waste sustainability. Working with governments, they advocate policies and initiatives; also, they have been actively interacting and providing information for the citizens of Vancouver.

In this lecture, she described the history and purpose of the Zero Waste Committee in Vancouver, and the development and future targets of the solid waste management plan. She discussed Recycling Storage Space Consultation by providing an example of how she noticed a lack of space for recycling storage in a neighborhood and helped address it. She illustrated what the Committee has done on promoting the upcoming Organics Disposal Ban. She also presented several ways to promote the behavioral change of the public on dealing with garbage: by custom education flyers, by food donation guidelines, and by communication campaigns.

The UBC CSCE Student Chapter would like to thank Esther for taking her time to give this lecture and answer any questions raised by students.