For those that haven’t met me yet, I’m Sinthusha, the new sustainability co-op working with Lisa Vanlint! I’m pursuing a double major at the University of Waterloo in Science and Business. When I agreed to this job, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into but I was wrong, very, very, very wrong, in the best possible way 🙂 In the two months I’ve been here, I’ve done so much more and learned so much.
An innovative new LED lighting system has been installed at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s CEAL lab (Challenging Environment Assessment Lab). Researchers in this lab conduct world class experiments to advance knowledge in mobility, aging, accessibility, design safety, and much more. The lab itself is a unique space with high ceilings located in the basement of TRI’s University Centre. Feel free to read more about the exciting research conducted at CEAL and throughout TRI at this link.
Before taking a deeper dive into the project, here are some quick energy savings numbers:
- Electricity Savings: 88,000 kWh
- Cost Savings: $12,300
- Payback: 1.8 years
- Additional benefits: Reliability
The before and after photos below demonstrate how LED lights can improve performance while saving energy at the same time.
Canada is usually associated with our long cold winter. To take advantage of the cold weather, we go out for skating, skiing, snowshoe hiking, ice fishing, snowmobiling, etc., tons of fun activities. Is there anything we can do at hospitals to make full use of the winter? Actually there is. Our hospitals have much essential medical equipment that requires cooling year around. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one example. It relies on deep cooling to maintain super-conductors inside to generate extremely strong magnetic field and radio waves to do very detailed scanning of patients. The temperature required is so low for super-conductors that they are submerged in liquid helium, which is about -270 °C (-454 °F).
Figure 1: Typical MRI Scanner Cutaway
A typical MRI scanner uses Continue reading
One of the great things about Homo sapiens is our ability to make whatever is happening to us right here, right now The. Most. Important. Thing. Ever. Doesn’t matter if it’s a recreational hockey game for middle-aged (though still spry and youthful in appearance) Homo sapiens, waiting for one’s reusable travel mug to be filled with a free-range soypuccino, or a bunch of somewhat random Homo sapiens converging for the sole purpose of singing together…it’s the ability to prioritize what’s happening in the present above all else that sets people apart from the rest of this world’s inhabitants.
With the first month of 2019 still fresh as a honeycrisp apple, we’re checking in on your good intentions (kinda like New Year’s resolutions, but without the pressure). Of the 19 options, these really hit home with you.
12. Repair my appliances, clothes and stuff that’s broken
11. Join a Green Team
Well you’re in the right place 🙂
10. Walk and bike to work/errands more Continue reading