Eco-Action and University of Victoria
By Justin Browne
We are coming to the completion of this EcoAction project with the Federal Government’s fiscal year end, but are happy to report that we have a received a three month extension in order to complete last steps of regulatory process and deal with some of the ‘curve balls’ which came OUR way in the design and build-out of the well and heat systems. In many ways, it has been the problems that the project encountered which have turned out to be the most educational. Discovering what doesn’t work and why is one of the most important things we can share, so that others don’t have to deal with the same challenges. We are looking forward to reporting on final elements of findings and ‘as-builts’ as we go through the completion stage. OUR team is looking towards how they might participate in the final reporting review and also the participation in related innovation projects with next collaborative projects coming down the pipe!
The support received for this EcoAction project’s research, design, and innovation has brought a wide range of interest from folks in industry and government. Recently, we have begun to forge a new connection with the University of Victoria Engineering Faculty. The civil engineering department is a new addition to the engineering faculty at the university, and they pride themselves as being the “greenest civil engineering department in Canada”. Students and faculty from the university came up to OUR Ecovillage to learn about the demonstration buildings and technologies, and share work that they had done — from waste management systems to natural building examples. We are also looking forward to welcoming six students from the university (primarily, but not solely from civil engineering) who will be joining our teams for their Coop semester this summer.