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Future alumni innovation shines at 2013 Arch Awards

Submitted by hjmccoy on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 3:46pm

When Scott Weir learned that he had received the University of Calgary Alumni Association’s 2013 Future Alumni Award, he was completely shocked. And happily so.

“I felt pretty humbled to have been nominated by people I respect and admire for their accomplishments,” says Weir, who’s the fifth person to receive this award and was nominated for his achievements in urban farming, aquaponics and contributions to the campus and greater community.

Weir is a familiar face on campus. He’s the Students’ Union’s vice president, operations and finance, is known for bringing composting to Mac Hall, and he was thinking sustainably before sustainability was cool.

Before transitioning to larger-scale urban farming in Calgary, Weir was an avid gardener. Now his farm is helping to provide fresh and delicious food to Calgarians. In addition, he’s one of only three Canadians certified in commercial Aquaponics–the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals.

“I believe that good, healthy, chemical free food has a value that can only be described by your tastebuds,” says Weir. “Keeping the farm as close to market as possible is important, too.”

So what do farming and aquaponics have to do with a degree in political science? Weir says it’s all connected and a lot of politics and policy go into creating communities that will allow urban agriculture to flourish. Did we mention he’s only 22?

As a supporter of his nomination said, Weir “is guided by his values, is passionate about education and is exceptionally proud to be a University of Calgary Student.”

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