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2014-01-31 RESTCo presented a workshop at the Northern Lights conference in Ottawa primarily about our innovative TRIFLEX housing housing design and how it could benefit remote communities by providing healthier, longer-lived, lower initial cost, lower operating cost, adaptable housing for residents. The presentation also included descriptions from Carleton University students on a new approach to a heat recovery ventilator and on structural and wind testing of the three-point foundation for the TRIFLEX building. Due to the angle for the video camera in the room, the slide deck is hard to read in the video, so the presentation slide deck is available here. Our kiosk presentation slide deck (PPT) is also available.


2013-10-21 RESTCo gave a presentation at the 2013 Electric Mobility Electric Vehicle conference related to the benefits of using electric and hybrid vehicles in Arctic communities, in vehicle form factors other than cars.


2013-05-28 RESTCo presented a paper at the CCTC conference in Montreal in May 2013 outlining how a remote community could dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation slide deck (PPT) is also available.


2013-02-04 RESTCo gave a presentation to the U.S. National Research Council related to responding to oil spills in Arctic waters, consequences and superior clean-up and remediation techniques.


2012-02-15 RESTCo's submission to the Environmental Audit Committee of UK House of Commons - Protecting the Arctic ( Also available at the U.K. government's website)
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2012-02-02 On February 2, 2012, Dr. Willam A. (Bill) Adams presented a paper at the 2012 Northern Lights conference, which was authored by him and Christopher (Chris) Ives. Bill and Chris are both RESTCo principals. The title of the paper is "Operating in the Arctic Ocean: Environmental Realities and Technical Challenges". It deals with the potential for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in the icy waters of the Arctic, and potential consequences. The paper is also available at the Northern Lights 2012 conference website.


2011-09-16 With the Canada Science and Technology Museum, RESTCo co-hosted the Ottawa Forum in parallel with the NEB's Inuvik Roundtable on Arctic Offshore Drilling from September 12-16 inclusive.


2011-03-31 RESTCo was pleased to submit it's contribution to the Science and Technology Blueprint for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station regarding Alternate and Renewable Energy.


“The Inuit are struggling to cope with erosion, melting permafrost, thinning sea ice, receding glaciers, and an invasion of new animals, many of which we don’t even have names for.”

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 2007, at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress, June 2008

The world is changing, and more rapidly for remote and northern communties than for the industrialized and urbanized world in more temperate regions. So long as the communities of the Canadian north remain dependent on oil as their primary energy source, they can have no moral justification for resisting the exploitation of fossil fuel resources in their territories, no matter how strong the facts may be to support their objections. We are now the 'coal-mine canaries' in the climate change experiment.

Energy is the lifeblood of modern life in the industrialized world. Current changes threaten the supply of reliable and abundant energy in new ways. We need new ways of thinking to address this new vulnerability.

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