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AIM to Grow Conference held on the Agricultural Campus

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:20:00 EST

The Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, the Government of the Netherlands and a group of Dutch agri-food companies, Greenhouse industries and organizations, are teaming up to explore the possibilities of supporting more local food production and related R&D using innovative Controlled Environment Agriculture in Atlantic Canada.Controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) is a technology-based approach toward food production. The aim is to provide protection and maintain optimal growing conditions throughout the development of the crop. Production takes place within an enclosed growing structure such as a greenhouse or building.(image)



Sustainable Engineering Solutions for Water and Energy

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:18:00 EST

Onita Basu still vividly remembers the exact moment she decided to devote her career to sustainable water solutions and practices.“I was in a second-year Chemical Engineering lab working with a solution of water that looked relatively clean,” she recalls. “When I passed the water through a treatment process I was shocked to see an incredible amount of dissolved copper emerge from the solution and begin coating onto various surfaces. It was an eye-opening experience to realize that we cannot always tell what is in our water.”(image)



Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:07:00 EST

It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing–even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise.(image)



The Coast Is Not So Clear

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:33:00 EST

Marine scientists synthesize research and evaluate a model on coastal armoring and its ecological effects in soft sediment environments(image)



Sustainable food startup looks north through non-profit partnership

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:23:00 EST

A University of Toronto startup that sells vertical hydroponic growing systems has joined forces with a Ryerson University-linked non-profit to bring down the stratospheric cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada’s northernmost communities.The unique partnership was forged at this year’s OCE innovation conference after Conner Tidd, a co-founder of U of T’s Just Vertical, ran into the founders of Ryerson’s Growing North. Tidd knew Growing North had built a geodesic greenhouse filled with hydroponic towers in Naujaat, NV.(image)



New USGS Filter Removes Phosphorus from Waste Water

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:48:00 EST

A tabletop water filter demo designed to remove phosphorus from waste water has in five-years grown into a fully functional water treatment system capable of filtering more than 100-thousand gallons per day.Designed by a small U.S. Geological Survey team, this cost-effective and environmentally friendly water filter system uses discarded mining byproducts, called mine drainage ochre, as the primary filtering agent to remove phosphorus from municipal and agricultural waste waters.(image)



Scientists Design Solar Cell That Captures Nearly All Solar Spectrum Energy

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:38:00 EST

A SEAS researcher helped develop technology that could become the most efficient solar cell in the world.(image)