Laurier in brief

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Alumni win appathon
Jason Ernst and Carlos Saavedra recently won the first annual Canadian Open Data Experience national appathon, a 48-hour contest that ran from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2.  Ernst and Saavedra, both Laurier alumni, developed an app called newRoots that matches new Canadians with cities according to their skills.

Cutting carbon emissions
In 2012, Laurier began its Sustainability Action Plan, setting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2016.
Since then, Laurier has cut its GHG emissions by a total of 25 per cent across all of its campuses. This means the university has exceeded its five-year goal by 15 per cent. One of the sustainablility steps Laurier took was the creation of the Mino-Kummik garden last year.

Profs take deeper look at Ukraine crisis
Professors in the history department at Laurier are collaborating to stage an in-depth discussion surrounding the crisis in the Ukraine and Crimea.
The teach-in is being held on April 3 in the Peters Building on the Waterloo campus. It is open to the general public and is meant to provide the audience with a historical perspective.

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