• 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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    GEOThinking Sustainably through Green Engineering
  • 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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    GEOFEES Graduates head to NCUR 2018!