Call for Papers as part of our White Paper/Research series

**Submissions Are Now CLOSED Until Further Notice**

SBC has initiated a Call for Papers as part of its White Paper/Research series.  The attached document provides the requirements.

Recognizing the broad spectrum that encompasses SBC’s “target market”, research papers will be considered in a variety of potential topic areas:

  • Environmental sustainability and resource conservation
  • Buildings related sustainability, energy, water and environmental high performance
  • Community related sustainability, energy, water and environmental high performance
  • Health and well-being as relates to any of the above
  • Other sector related topics


The research should identify and include:

  • An assessment of the current situation and challenge and the rationale for undertaking the research
  • The potential proactive opportunities/activities
  • Key results and outcomes including potential impacts and next steps.

Proposals in the form of a 1-page or less description of the research highlighting the key research parameters, the nature of the research (primary, secondary, normative, qualitative etc) and the budget should be submitted to SBC using the Web-link.  

Note that SBC has a limited budget for White Papers in any given year.  Projects with a budget less than $10,000 are more suitable to our annual funding limit.  Projects with higher budgets will be considered based on their merits and in the context of the total budget.

Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. November 30, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed and approved by the SBC Program Committee and will be assessed on the basis of their merit and their uniqueness. Proponents are encouraged to review previous White Papers posted on the SBC Website prior to submitting their proposals.

SBC will advise successful proponents in early January, 2021 and final reports are due by June 30, 2021.  Final Reports must also be accompanied by a 30 minute presentation which will be featured as part of SBC’s webinar series.

To submit a proposal, please send a PDF of the 1-page proposal to contact@miniaturem42.sg-host.com .Be sure to include your key contact information in the body of your email, including a phone number where you can be reached.

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.

Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.