How might we make our homes more sustainable from an energy perspective (used for heating and cooling)?

Challenge Summary

How do you or your family heat or cool your home? Do you have a significant decision in the heating and cooling of your home and are you aware of the energy consumption and alternatives? Especially in Canada where it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Most students don’t think about how our homes are heated and how energy inefficient it can be, how can we bring this more into student’s focus. How can we make our homes more sustainable, and the people living in them to make more sustainability mindful decisions?

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Dr. Magdalena Krol is an associate professor at York University in the Lassonde School of Engineering. Her area of expertise is in environmental engineering, specializing in numerical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Her research activities include simulation of subsurface gas movement at contaminated sites that are under thermal remediation, optimizing groundwater remediation technologies, modeling subsurface transport of nano-scale zero valent iron (nZVI) particles as well as microbially influenced corrosion of used nuclear fuel containers.

Dr. Krol completed her doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and holds a M.E.Sc. and a B.E.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Western Ontario (Western). Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a remediation engineer at a consulting company where she worked on a diverse set of remediation projects dealing with a wide range of contaminants. She is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario.

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North York, ON M3J 1P3


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