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CommUnity

Vancouver faces a 1-in-5 chance of experiencing a serious earthquake within the next 50 years. Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) student members at the University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University are working to keep Vancouver citizens safe in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.   Students Stephanie Koenig, Emi Webb, Adele Therias, Halina Rachelson and Leah Karlberg are participating in ESW’s Resilient CommUnity Design Challenge (CommUnity) –  an international program that unites college students to collaborate with local organizations on solutions to build local resilience.   Get the details on Neighbourhub. Read the full report.       The all-women team created the “Neighbour Hub” to empower community members to prepare for a major earthquake with their neighbors. The structure will not only disseminate resources, first aid and information, but serve as a social meeting point for community members. The “Neighbour Hub” is designed to engage local residents in community water monitoring and in developing emergency preparedness plans.   The design features solar-powered LEDs for nighttime visibility, filtered water stations from collected rooftop rainfall, and bike generated power for users to charge their cell phones.         Local artists will be invited to codesign the “Neighbour Hub” to reflect the ideas and cultural diversity of the community.   Students were inspired to take on earthquake resilience after surveying the lack of preparedness of their own community. Adele Therias states, “It is important that people prepare themselves and their families, but it will be most effective if neighbours support each other.”   CommUnity has been run for two years and have seen the development of 15 innovative solutions to build community resilience. Through the program Adele says that she has met “inspiring community leaders and experts who have shown me the passion, energy and collaboration needed to build resilience.” You can read more about CommUnity here: http://resilience.eswglobal.org/    
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5 Universities to Check Out if You Want to Build a More Sustainable World

If you are anything like us, you are passionate about making the world a better place. Whether you want to work on photovoltaics or waste reduction systems, we know you want to ensure you are getting the education you need. If you are in high school faced with the daunting task of applying to colleges and universities, you might be overwhelmed with options. Read more
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368: Matthew Kozuch on Youth and Sustainable Gardening.

Early childhood impressions of environmental pollution led Matthew Kozuch to seek out solutions, and while at UC Berkley he worked on several projects with Engineers for a Sustainable World.  After graduation he continued with them and became the National Build Day Coordinator. This is the first of hopefully an annual event in more than 50 chapters across the United States.   Listen to the podcast here
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A Queer Perspective

Pictured: Brittany Bennett, Executive Director of ESW, at the 2017 ESW Annual Conference. Brittany is one of the many queer members of ESW.   ESW is proud of its inclusive and diverse culture, but in the field of engineering at large, the representation with respect to sexual orientation is still quite skewed, despite apparent recent advances. In celebration of the recently concluded Pride Month, we at ESW wanted to share perspectives from some of our LGBT+ members, as young professionals in their field. We put together some questions for them and we’ve shared some of their answers here (different answers separated by blank lines) : Read more
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All-women team making Vancouver more resilient to earthquakes

Vancouver faces a 1-in-5 chance of experiencing a serious earthquake within the next 50 years. Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) student members at the University of British Columbia are working to keep Vancouver citizens safe in the event of a catastrophic earthquake. Read more
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Interview with ESW's Executive Director

How do you think engineers can play a part on building a more sustainable world?   In many ways, engineers have gotten us into this mess. From car-based transportation systems to the rise of oil, engineers have played an instrumental part in building the world the way it is today. That is why it is more important than ever that engineers be a part of the solution.   Engineers build the fabric of society. Every time an engineer goes to design a road, or a cell phone, or a building, they can make the choice to design it for sustainability. The engineer can choose to add bike lanes and bus rapid transit to the road, incorporate sustainable materials into the cell phone, or add alternative energy power systems to the building.   Read the full article.
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Gwinnett resident, Georgia Tech grad wins award for sustainability leadership

A Buford resident and recent Georgia Tech graduate was recently honoredfor her work developing a natural herbicide to manage weeds in a safe and sustainable way. Grace Brosofsky, who founded the Engineers for a Sustainable World Natural Herbicides Project at Georgia Tech, received the Student Sustainability Leadership Award for outstanding achievement and progress to sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Brosofsky’s award, one of 10 selected from 230 entries, was announced at the opening ceremonies of AASHE’s annual Conference & Expo in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 23. According to an AASHE news release, entries were judged on overall impact, innovation, stakeholder involvement, clarity and other criteria. Read the Full Article
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ESW's Response to Paris Climate Accord Decision

Last week, President Trump announced that the United States will be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. Here at ESW, we want to take this moment and reflect on our place in the worldwide effort to combat climate change. Our mission, to forge innovative, lasting solutions to local and global sustainability challenges, is more important than ever. Last week, President Trump announced that the United States will be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. Here at ESW, we want to take this moment and reflect on our place in the worldwide effort to combat climate change. Our mission, to forge innovative, lasting solutions to local and global sustainability challenges, is more important than ever. Read more
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ESWcon2017: Recap & Award Winners

During the first weekend in April, over two hundred people gathered in Austin, Texas for a weekend full of speakers, workshops, networking, and fun at the 2017 ESW Annual Conference. This year's conference offered new opportunities for a growing   Read more
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