Students win $5,000 at first Innovation Jam

A group of nine students won $5,000 after pitching their “Complete Compost” idea at Ottawa’s first sustainability challenge Innovation Jam, held at Carleton on Nov. 9. The event was organized by Student Energy Carleton (SEC), the first Ontario chapter of an international organization that aims to develop sustainable energy alternatives to fossil fuels and foster innovation among university students. According to Roberto Chavez, SEC president, the idea of an Innovation Jam originated from an executive trip to Mexico to attend the Student Energy Summit in June. “We saw an Innovation Jam, and we thought ‘this is the coolest thing, this is what we are about.’ So we thought that the best way to start our year was to have one […]

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Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi visits Carleton

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi was invited to Carleton to speak on Sept. 3 about the 2013 Calgary floods, local government, and involving youth in politics. Nenshi’s lecture was titled “Crisis, Community and Leadership in Local Government” and was part of the Currents lecture series hosted by the Faculty of Public Affairs. Nenshi talked about the day-to-day recovery process he went through with his community after the devastating floods. A theme in his lecture was a belief in the power of community and the resilience of people in times of crisis. He highlighted the importance of small contributions in making a community function. “What you want to do is encourage people to get involved in their community, in whatever way they feel comfortable […]

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