Introduction, continued

It’s been one full week since my MASc defense! I’ve been keeping myself busy trying to brush up on AutoCAD skills, and working on my French. This morning I saw an ad for Climate Risk Virtual Week, an event hosted by The Economist, which I thought would be a great use of my time, but unfortunately registration costs were a bit high for me. Flashforward a few hours to when I started this post and realized that I had absolutely no idea regarding the structure of posts that would support what I want this site to be for myself. As the evening set in, I decided that I would just start by… well, writing, and worry about the specifics a bit later. I have to remember that this is, above all else, a personal project!

I will start off by focusing on climate change. I know, I know, this is very broad, and there are already infinite resources out there for you to read up on climate change out there, do I really need to regurgitate these base ideas? But, I think despite all the current news, there’s still so much for me to learn! I should reiterate that my main passion really revolves around environmental protection and conservation. This includes so many different subjects, like clean energy initiatives, sustainable management of renewable resources, social justice, impact of our food on the environment, etc.

My jumping off point will be the Paris Agreement from COP21. Now time to get cracking. See you in a bit!

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.

Mark Twain

A short introduction

Just yesterday I submitted my thesis to complete my Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree, and I suddenly find myself with more free time than I have had in well over 6 years. So I had the bright idea to start a little personal project to fill my days.

Really, I want to use this website to give myself a bit of structure as I try to figure out my next career steps. I’ll be writing about a wide variety of engineering-based topics, however, the primary focus will be on sustainability and conservation. This is actually a bit out of my comfort zone, because my previous experience is based on biomechanical engineering. For your reference, here is the dictionary definition of what it means to be sustainable:

  1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
    • conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
  2. able to be upheld or defended.

This, in my mind, allows consideration for all of the following:

  • Renewable and clean energy (solar, wind, hydro)
  • Sustainability on an individual and industrial level (zero-waste lifestyle, sustainable infrastructure, circular economics, etc.)
  • Policies for mitigating climate change
  • Equitable access to the outdoors

And so much more. Stay tuned!

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?

Mary Olivier, “The Summer Day” from House of Light