For most students, summer is a break from attending class and studying, but just because their formal education is on hold doesn’t mean all students want to pause their learning. Working on campus is a popular and rewarding route for students who want a summer job that will expand their knowledge and equip them with career-advancing skills through experiential learning. http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2013/08/summer-jobs-on-campus-provide-valuable-experience/
Steve Barnhart, MLA '95 and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, received a 2013 regional merit award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2013/08/adjunct-prof-wins-national-landscape-award/
Professor's Ataharul Chowdhury and Helen Hambly Odame published an article in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension called "Transforming the Roles of a Public Extension Agency to Strengthen Innovation: Lessons from the National Agricultural Extension Project in Bangladesh".
In March, the Advanced Planning Practice class travelled to Polk County in Central Florida. The objectives of this trip were to provide experiential learning through case study analysis, draw on comparisons between American and Canadian jurisdictions and develop skills for applying this analysis to a local Ontario context. During this field trip, the class experienced a new-urbanist community, a reclaimed phosphate mining site and a sixth generation cattle ranch.
Professor Nonita Yap, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development is highlighted in recent article in the University of Guelph, Summer 2013 Research magazine. Professor Yap says making small changes to micro industries may be the key to more sustainable international development. See full article at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/research/guelph-research-magazines on page 26.
“There are things that landscape architects and urban designers can do to make cities cool, particularly during heat waves,” says landscape architecture professor Bob Brown in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. A leafy canopy creates shelter from the sun's rays. Not only do they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, but they can also help keep urban areas cool.
See full article in At Guelph http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2013/07/trees-can-help-cities-beat-the-heat/
University of Guelph
Local Food and Agriculture
by: John F Devlin
As the planet’s population continues to grow and use finite resources, long-term sustainability comes more and more into question. Food sovereignty, responsible water use, the role of technology in environmentally sustainable development, and healthy communities all depend on long-range vision and good land use decisions.
The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Douglas Hoffman. Dr.
Heather Schibli, a second year student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program has recently been featured in a news article on the Ontario Agricultural College website.
Congratulations to Heather, who also has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship for the 2013/2014 academic year.