Samantha Peverill, QUEST

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Q: Please tell me something interesting about yourself?
My background is in the developing field of Industrial Ecology, which I went to Norway to study. I am passionate about moving to more cyclical systems, whether that relates to energy, materials or nutrients. I am interested in and optimizing the use of residual resources (sometimes known as waste) including waste heat, food waste and materials recycling.

Q: What drew you to the energy sector?
The importance of energy was highlighted for me by Life Cycle Assessment studies. In Norway, their energy mix is primarily hydropower, so energy’s contribution to the impact categories, such as Global Warming Potential and Acidification, was minimal. Returning to Canada, and specifically Nova Scotia, the energy use was by far the most important contributor to relevant impact categories. The fact that coal is still used indicates that there is so much room for improvement.

Q: If there was one thing you’d want people to understand about your work/research, what would it be?
The solutions are local and need to be found via interdisciplinary collaboration!

Q: What makes a ‘smart community’ smart?
Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are smart when they are working together and recognizing synergies in order to close energy loops.

Q: What would your colleagues say is the most interesting aspect of your upcoming presentation?
I predict that the most interesting aspect is the focus on local solutions and success. I want to stress the terms; local, solution and success! Often, the technologies and ideas are out there, or in this case, right here.

Q: Why should someone attend your presentation?
I plan to spread the word on projects and ideas that are working right here in Nova Scotia. My goal is to leave the audience with a feeling of optimism, hope and excitement for Nova Scotia’s energy future. I’d like to highlight the expertise that we already possess.