Message from the Dean to our 2018 Graduating Class

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduating Class!!!

Our dear graduates,

It gives me great pleasure to address you as you are officially ending a phase of your earthly sojourn, which is definitely the beginning of another adventure. You have stepped over the line of ignorance and, therefore, have been armoured with skills, technical know-how and educational ammunitions which should equip you in addressing numerous challenges that may confront you, your career, our dear country, and the human race.

Regardless of the enormous issues that you may encounter beyond the walls of the University, please set your face like a flint, do not look back, nor back out in your strife for excellence, relevance, dignity, and honour.

As the alumni of our beloved Faculty, we are confident of what you are capable of. I can only urge you to set your goals high and raise the bar. Set the new legacies and standard for yourself, your family, our country and our world. Don’t be vague in your daily living! Live with purpose. Do away with any small and inconsequential dreams, goals and planning. You have only ONE life to make a difference and leave a legacy – and this is the life you have NOW! Therefore, don’t flinch in the face of eruptions of adversities – they are lava you can use to build a lasting mountain of legacies. Don’t swim in the lakes of laziness nor take a plunge in the rivers of mediocrity. Set your goals for excellence, it will be an ornament that will distinguish you in this 21st Century era of countless competitions.

We do hope to hear about/from you soon, and we hope that you will be one of our bright and shining stars in any venture and adventure you find yourself in. I commend you to God of all Grace and Glory to strengthen and help you as you start your new beginning. Know for sure that you will forever remain dear to us in our Faculty. Have a great and fulfilled new beginning.


Peace be unto you!



Dr. Temitope D. Timothy OYEDOTUN

Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Guyana

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EIA Field Exercise at Dagg Point, Bartica

Students of the Diploma in Land Administration and Management programme recently participated in a field exercise to Dagg Point, Bartica, as part of the course ENV4101: Environmental Impact Assessment. View the photographs below!

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GEOEIA Field Exercise at Dagg Point, Bartica

Thinking Sustainably through Green Engineering

A new course of studies in “green engineering” offers students in the Caribbean the chance to explore how to design and use products, processes, and systems more sustainably.

Participants of the Green Engineering Bootcamp in Jamaica.

With support from the Organization of American States (OAS), teachers from around the region recently met in Jamaica for a three-day Green Engineering Boot Camp to look at effective ways to teach this interdisciplinary subject in the classroom and help students develop strong problem-solving skills. The Green Engineering Syllabus, which was introduced to students in the region in 2016, offers a mix of academic and practical content. The two-year course does not make someone an engineer, “but it gives you a good point of reference for any job you do,” explained Dr. Paulette Bynoe, Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Guyana, who headed the panel that developed the syllabus.

Green engineering, she said, looks at the big picture to determine how materials and processes can be structured to minimize environmental impact, meet high performance standards, and be viable economically. This is an area of potential interest not only to an engineer but to someone who might draft environmental regulations for a waste management system, for example, or someone looking to develop more sustainable approaches to tourism or agriculture.

“Environmental problems are everyone’s concern and everyone’s responsibility,” Bynoe said in a phone interview. “Regardless of what discipline you pursue, you are still an occupant of Planet Earth.”

One goal of green engineering is to minimize the use of materials and energy from the very start of a design process. In looking at what will go into a product, for example, an engineer might ask: How can this material be used sustainably? Is it hazardous? If so, will energy be required to treat it? How can it be disposed of at the end of its life cycle? In designing a building, a key concern might be how the architecture can capitalize on natural ventilation and use less energy.

The Green Engineering Syllabus is organized into two year-long units (“Introduction to Green Engineering” and “Application of Green Engineering Principles”), each of which comprises three modules. The material covers considerable ground, from the concept of sustainable development to the role of entropy in the manufacturing process. One section looks at lessons learned from nature about maximum efficiency in product design—a concept known as biomimicry. The syllabus also calls for students to visit industries or other facilities to examine sustainability issues in the field, and to build a detailed model to illustrate a design process.

Read more at Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.

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FEES Graduates head to NCUR 2018!

Recent FEES Environmental Studies graduates, Mr. Romario Hastings and Ms. Nkasse Evans, have been selected to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2018 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma this April.

Mr. Hastings will be presenting his undergraduate research project conducted at the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, titled:

An investigation of the ethno-meteorological knowledge of the Kapon Akawaio people of Kako and Phillipai, Upper Mazaruni.

Ms. Evans will also present her undergraduate research project, titled:

A comparative study of the use of Vetiver Grass and Spartina Grass in facilitating natural regeneration of Avicennia germinans.

Mr. Hastings and Ms. Evans graduated from the FEES in November 2017 having successfully completed the B.Sc. Environmental Studies programme. The Faculty wishes both students the very best in this exciting endeavour!

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Focus on the FEES


Posted by University of Guyana on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Turkeyen Tain Talks 10: Experts Discuss Combating Climate Change Effects

On November 30, 2017, a distinguished and knowledgeable panel of experts participated in the tenth installment of the Turkeyen and Tain Talks at the Pegasus Hotel, under the topic Climate Change – The Guyana Imperative for Prospering in a Climate-Altered World.

The panelists included Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UG, Dr. Paulette Bynoe; Presidential Advisor and retired Rear Admiral of the Guyana Defence Force, Gary Best; Climate Change specialist Martina Duncan; Engineer Amir Dillawar, and Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat Energy Expert Dr. Devon Gardner.

Referring to climate change as a clear and present danger, UG Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith spoke of the need for planning in case coastal defences were to be breached. Griffith noted that if this occurs, the inflow of water could undermine current infrastructure. He noted that not even the mangrove forests can withstand the full force of the ocean.
Griffith also spoke of the need to examine the possibility that oil revenues from production after 2020 could be used towards adjusting citizens to the effects of climate change.Referring to his notes, he posited that this can include developing the hinterland and resettling away from the coast.

Meanwhile, Dr Bynoe pointed out that with the increase in harmful gases, an imbalance has been created in the greenhouse effect. According to the specialist, any efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change must take into account safeguarding the agriculture sector.
“We’ve had changes in many extreme weather and climate events, and many of you can testify that you have experienced a number of warmer nights. And it’s very likely that all nine regions will experience heavy precipitation (rainfall) events. How are humans responsible? We have changed the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Without the greenhouse effect, you and I would not be alive here. But the concentration of greenhouse gases would have led to the enhanced greenhouse effect. There are three culprits: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.”

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UoG puts OpenStreetMap to the test

UNIVERSITY of Guyana (UG) students studying geography got the unique opportunity last Wednesday of learning hands-on about using the platform, OpenStreetMap (OSM).

The occasion was the observance of Geographic Information System (GIS) Day, which happens to coincide with observances to mark Geography Awareness Week, better known as GEOWEEK.

The event, which was hosted by UG in collaboration with a host of other agencies, was held on campus at the Centre for Information Technology.

According to Ms Malini Jaikarran, an analyst at the Ministry of Communities, GIS Day is observed the world over every year since 1999 on the third Wednesday in November.

Noting that the event brought together representatives of the university’s Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), she said:
“We are here to introduce the OpenStreetMapping platform in which parts of Guyana will be mapped.
“Students will mark key features, landmarks, businesses and services in their communities.”

As she went on to say, “We are mapping key features and landmarks in the communities where the participants live.
“The main aim of the GIS and OSM Day is basically to develop more geospatial information that can be used by government agencies and the public, and to teach basic mapping skills to the persons participating.”

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