Launch: Zerofootprint Carbon Calculator

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

OCAD President Sara Diamond and the university’s new Sustainability Task Force wish to invite you to the OCAD launch of the Zerofootprint energy calculator.

Sara Diamond and Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, will be on hand to launch the Zerofootprint Calculator to the OCAD student, faculty and staff community and to speak about the partnership between OCAD and Zerofootprint.

About Zerofootprint:
The City of Toronto is partnering with Zerofootprint to launch Zerofootprint Toronto, the first ever community-wide initiative aimed at engaging all citizens to fight climate change on a massive scale.

"Zerofootprint targets large organizations such as collections of cities, multinational corporations, universities, schools and multinational communities, which may span many countries. We enable them with infrastructure that can measure, aggregate, track and manage their individual and combined footprint. We also provide them with the tools to foster a local marketplace with news, events and green commerce."

OCAD Sustainability Initiative:
OCAD is committed to advancing responsible environmental practices and promoting sustainability both through research and programs, as well as operationally. OCAD wishes to engage our community, both internally and externally, in dialogue and actionable means for waste reduction, recycling and reducing carbon emissions. The university will continue to support and launch a number of initiatives that reflect the concern the OCAD community shares regarding sustainability, and will continue to champion innovation that brings solutions to this important issue.

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Level 1 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

How Canada can be 100 per cent reliant on renewable energy by 2050

Strategic Foresight student Ryan Church
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

“If countries like Norway can do it, we can too," says OCAD University student Ryan Church. He’s created what he calls a realistic plan to get Canada completely off fossil fuels as his project for the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program.

Ryan used integrated cybernetics to create the plan that includes ideas such as switching to HVDC cables (high-voltage, direct current) for our long-distance power transmission cables and creating a biomimetic energy grid. 

Originally from Maple Ridge, BC, Ryan previously studied science pre-med and art history. He chose the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program because he likes to dabble in business, sciences and the design world, and OCAD U is unique in offering that combination.

Ryan’s renewable energy plan is currently in the hands of the federal and BC Green parties, and Ryan has already received some positive feedback. On top of school, Ryan has his own company, BiomeDesign which combines biomimicry, design and thinking about the future. His company’s latest project is developing a more efficient wind turbine.

You can learn more about Ryan’s project and the exciting work of other innovative Strategic Foresight and Innovation students at their graduate exhibition, xFutures, on now until June 17 at 49 McCaul Street, Toronto.