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Wednesday, March 8 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
IDays Mainstage - "TRU Talks"

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Join us over your lunch hour at The IDays Mainstage on Student Street for "TRU Talks". 

Today's talks are based around our "Think Global, Act Local" theme and will feature the following presenters: 

Host & Emcee - Vince Watson

12:00 - 12:10 pm - Marcia Dick, Sustainable Kamloops - "My Path to Zero Waste" 

12:10- 12:20 pm - Tavis KnoxSolar Kamloops - Diesel power in Indigenous Communities: Presenting on projects with rural indigenous communities to reduce reliance on diesel fuel. This presentation will explore the reasons for reliance on fossil fuels in the past and why we need to move away fossil fuels for electrification in the future. Tavis will discuss renewable integration and it's benefits as well as the challenges faced during the transition. A brief video of a microgrid project in American Samoa will be shown. 

12:20- 12:30 pm - TMGT 2610 - Environmental Issues in Tourism Water Consumption Poster Discussion: Discussion about learning ways to conserve water on a day to day basis and educating on how easy it is to conserve water. 

12:30 - 12:50 pm - Dr. Michael Mehta, TRU Faculty - "Air pollution and the role of citizen science: The PurpleAir network in action"
Dr. Mehta will discuss a new citizen science initiative here in Kamloops to understand more fully air quality in the city. He will review the development and deployment of a low-cost, distributed network of particulate matter sensors called PurpleAir, and discuss what this new technology is teaching us about our air sheds and the risks that people face.

12:50 - 12:55 pm-  Jaimi Garbutt,
Sustainable Kamloops - "Bringing the farm to the City": A story of how I started composting in an urban setting. 

12:55 - 1:05 pm - Michele Young, Developing World Connections -  "Light up Guatemala" : a presentation and video.
In rural Guatemala many families live in poverty and live in homes that are not much more than metal shacks. Heat and cooking is done with open fires inside these homes. Respiratory problems are one of the leading causes of death in Guatemala, with breakthing in wood smoke from infancy as a major factor in those health effects. The Light Up Guatemala program installs eco-stoves that vent the smoke outside and burn firewood more efficiently than an open fire. DWC will provide a video of the eco-stove being used in a Guatemalan home as well as feedback from families who have been using them.

1:05- 1:15 pm - Tony Kuczma, Oxfam Canada - "Oxfam Canada's campaign to achieve gender equality in the world"
Tony Kuczma will introduce Oxfam Canada and discuss the organizations campaign to achieve gender equality (Goal 5). 

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Vince Watson

Student Recruiter & Enrollment Representative, Thompson Rivers University
Vince Watson  | | Host & Emcee of the TRU Mainstage Talks March 7, 8 & 9.  | | Strategic Marketer, Driven Entrepreneur & Creative Thinker with an Energetic & Engaging Personality.

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Marcia Dick

Marcia is passionate about waste reduction and believes in a future without waste. She has focused her 10 year career on helping others minimize waste through waste audits, waste management planning and waste diversion implementation for businesses, institutions, schools and non-profits. Her expertise in waste has led to a position as the City of Kamloops’ Solid Waste Services Analyst helping to track the City’s progress in meeting... Read More →
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Jaimi Garbutt

Sustainability Educator, The City of Kamloops
Jaimi Garbutt is the Sustainability Educator with the City of Kamloops.  She had been with the City for over nine years, and she enjoys increasing awareness on sustainability issues for all ages in the community.
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Tavis Knox

Tavis first got experience working with Solar when he along with other TRU students won a sustainability grant which was used to build a 10kw system on the Trades and Technology building. They then formed a corporation to continue building solar projects.
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Tony Kuczma

Tony Kuczma is a program advisor for TRU's Registrar's Office (Open Learning) and has been an Oxfam volunteer since 1994. 
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Dr. Michael Mehta

Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and health risk issues. | | His recent work focuses on community resistance, resiliency and social innovation with a particular emphasis on citizen science. He was co-founder and coordinator of Help the Kelp Project and was co-founder and Director of community-based electrical non-profit society... Read More →
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Michele Young

Michele Young is a former journalist and now communications co-ordinator with Developing World Connections. DWC is a Kamloops-based non-profit that does international development and sends teams of volunteers to help out in countries around the world. DWC's mission is to connect people and resources to make a difference in the lives of those who most need it.

Wednesday March 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Student Street, Old Main 900 McGill Road

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