Guelph Students Represent at the 1st OPPI Case Competition

On Saturday November 7th, two University of Guelph, Rural Planning and Development students traveled to Ryerson to compete in the 1st ever OPPI Student Case Competition. Queens, York, Waterloo, UofT, and Ryerson were the opposition schools, as they went head-to-head to develop the transit hub for the City of Hamilton's Light Rail System. The site to be planned was the Queenston traffic circle location near the historical City Motor Hotel, where planners from Hamilton suggest they wanted to implement mixed use buildings incorporating both residential and commercial amenities.

PhD Rural Studies Student Wins United Nations' Global Climate Change Award

Congratulations to Paola Vasquez, a PhD Rural Studies student who took part in a project that is receiving the United Nations' Moment for Change Climate Award (1 of 16 globally) to be awarded in Paris, France. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change.

Hailey Eldershaw, BLA Students Takes 2nd Place in Transition to Less Waste Eco-Home Design Competition

Oxford County based non-profit Transition to Less Waste (TTLW) announced the top entrants for the Eco-Home Design Competition, hosted this past summer with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Congratulations to Hailey Eldershaw, a third-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture who tied for second place in the competition with her eco-tourism lodge design.  See Ingersoll Times for full article.

SEDRD Students Participate in Global Challenges Summer School

In 2014, Dr. Karen Landman was invited by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to work with Landscape Architecture professors from around the world to create a Global Challenges University Alliance graduate summer school, which would be focused on issues related to sustainable development and climate change.

CDE Students Visit AKFC Mobile Global Development Exhibition

This week graduate students in Foundations of Capacity Building (CDE*6070) took the opportunity to visit the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) mobile global development exhibition entitled "TOGETHER" which was parked just outside the School. As a rapid "field trip" students examined the exhibit and its presentation on food security and sustainable rural development projects in Africa and Asia. The graduate students then participated in a collective learning exercise that identified and discussed knowledge sharing and learning tools used in the exhibit.

Invitation to Participate in Social Media Survey

As a valuable member of the agriculture, food, and rural development community we like like to invite you to participate in an online survey. The purpose of the survey is to investigate how social media is being used in the agriculture, food, and rural development context. The survey will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate you will be contributing to an important area of research with practical implications.

Here is the link to participate in the survey,

RPD Student, Anissa McAlpine Awarded the 2015 Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship

Anissa McAlpine received the 2015 Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute AGM meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in Toronto. Anissa is a second year MSc student in Rural Planning and Development at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph. Anissa's research at the graduate level focuses on farmland preservation in both the Ontario and British Columbia context.  She is also involved in research that is tracking Official Plan amendments as a means to measure current activity related to farmland loss.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, one of Canada's distinguished landscape architects, was one of the first women to study at Harvard University's design school and became a leader in sustainable design will receive an honorary doctorate during the fall convocation ceremonies at the University of Guelph on October 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm at War Memorial Hall.  

MLA Students Help Create Urban Farm for McQuesten Neighbourhood

When Hamilton's McQuesten Neighbourhood Association contacted OAC to help create an urban farm, Professor Karen Landman and the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) design studio responded by creating a visioning workshop for the project. City staff, residents and students worked together to generate ideas for a seven-acre 'food park' that includes community gardens, learning opportunities for schoolchildren, a community oven, an aboriginal garden, a market garden, a picnic area and a dedicated area for a full-time farmer.

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