Hello readers! It’s hard to believe we’re close to a week into SHAD already! More and more every day, people are getter closer and starting to explore the limits of their comfort zones. Our SHAD News was presented today by the Green House, with a special announcement for Justin’s birthday! Morning lectures were very interesting, as usual; we had a presentation on the design and business requirements for our DE project, a fascinating lecture on productivity tips, and a talk about designing for energy conservation. As well, Dan presented a SHAD Camp Survival Guide, for our three-day trip that starts tomorrow! Next was lunch, followed by an interactive simulation of Ottawa’s renewable energy system, to help prepare us for the DE theme announced last night: Meaningfully Reducing Canada’s Energy Footprint. Discussions took place in small groups, representing the hydro, biomass, solar, wind, and other renewable energy companies, as well as the citizens, the city, the Provincial government, an energy storage facility, and local Indigenous communities. Determining the costs – monetary, environmental and social – of producing and operating the various systems was a real eye-opener, and showed us how much effort goes into planning for providing electricity to a city.
Working together on the Ottawa Energy Simulation.
Another thing I think we all learned was that when developing our projects in the next few weeks, we will have to dive deep into the world of energy, to balance profit, cost, environment, longevity, and the values of ourselves and our target market. Daunting as the topic of energy reduction may be, today’s simulation, as crazy and confusing as it was, will be a good starting point for developing the right mindset and in turn ideas. It was amazing to watch everyone today work together to solve these complex problems. Everyone demonstrated teamwork and SHADDITTUDE, while still having fun; are we sure we’ve only been here five days?!
After the simulation was a introductory karate lesson, followed by freezies to cool off from the beautifully hot day, and dinner. Then, time to work on our DE Camping Project: studying the energy used on our camping trip, in one of six categories, through life cycle analysis. We were given an hour to pack for the camping trip, and then an hour for house time. Everyone wants to get a good sleep tonight, as I doubt we’ll be sleeping much the next couple days! Though only at the start of the SHAD journey, there has already been so much learning and growth. I can’t wait to see what we will explore and discover in the next 21 days!