Climate Change

Engineering Education for Sustainability Initiative (EESI)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Dr. Garth Pickard, Professor
Email address of primary contact person: 
garth.pickard@uregina.ca
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Cleanfield Energy Corporation and the University of Regina have recently signed a non-disclosure research agreement which links Cleanfield Energy Corporation, McMaster University and the University of Regina together to research and test alternative wind technologies. Cleanfield Energy Corporation believes that University of Regina will build on current research through systems engineering practice and social impact studies.

Shamrock Energy Systems Limited in conjunction with Cleanfield Energy Corporation is focused on the distribution of innovative and affordable solutions for clean, renewable energy. Through the collaborative effort linking the RCE Saskatchewan, the University of Regina and Cleanfield Energy Corporation the goal is to contribute to Saskatchewan's role as an educational and industry leader in bringing alternative energy solutions and education for sustainable development to the province and to the rest of the world.

It is proposed through the collaborative efforts of RCE Saskatchewan, the University of Regina and Cleanfield that the Vertical Axis Wind Technology (VAWT) be studied and tested for its compatibility, effectiveness and reliability in Saskatchewan. 

In conjunction with the RCE Saskatchewan and following informal discussions with officials from the University of Regina, the Saskatchewan Government, the Town of Craik and Cleanfield Energy, an agreed understanding of the importance and significance of establishing urban and rural research laboratory centres in Saskatchewan to advance research on alternative energy sources was realized. 

Currently, it is proposed that the urban and rural research laboratory centres (RLC) be established at the University of Regina and at Craik, Saskatchewan. The chosen sites are geographically positioned within the existing RCE Saskatchewan corridor and the locations provide for easy research accessibility, public visibility, educational training, resource servicing and for the town of Craik, an affirmation of the town's commitment to sustainable practice.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2018

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
University of Regina, Cleanfield Energy Corporation, McMaster University, alternative wind technologies, renewable energy, alternative energy, vertical access wind technology, VAWT, Craik, research laboratory centres (RLC),
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal educational research initiatives; Engaging rural and urban community planners and developers; Engaging school divisions and schools; Engaging the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in an inter-organizational research consortia; and engaging the post-secondary and private sectors in developing and marketing technology.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Project sponsors/funders: 

University of Regina

Proposed Tall Wind Turbine - City of Saskatoon

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
City of Saskatoon
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
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The City of Saskatoon is exploring the feasibility and suitability of erecting a tall wind turbine in Diefenbaker Park. The feasibility study would include a comprehensive environmental assessment and a year-long wind study for the proposed location. It is hoped that the outcome of the community engagement and feasibility study activities will lead to the construction and operation of a large wind turbine.
The expected benefits of a single large wind turbine in Saskatoon are:
    * The provision of environmentally clean and cost-effective electricity - enough to power approximately 600 homes.
    * The potential improvement of the City of Saskatoon's environmental footprint by the offset of the City's greenhouse gas emissions.
    * The potential provision of a visible benefit for those residences and businesses wishing to participate in a program to reduce their own environmental  footprint.
    * The creation of a very visible and useful tool for environmental sustainability education in our city.
    * Diefenbaker Park will become a tourist attraction for both residents and visitors.
    * The promotion of Saskatoon as a green and environmentally conscious city.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Saskatoon City Council has approved the initiative and has provided its support to SL&P for the initial phases of the project. In addition, City of Saskatoon Parks, Community Development and Leisure Services Branches have provided conditional approval of the proposed project and site. Meewasin Valley Authority Approval  June - July 2008  (completed); Community Engagement   July - October 2008; Report to City Council    November 2008; Wind Assessment    February 2009-February 2010; Environmental Assessment   February 2009-February 2010; Report to City Council   March 2010; Conceptual Design April 2010; Community Engagement   June 2010; Report to City Council   August 2010; Tendering and Site Construction  2011/2012

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Saskatoon, wind turbine, Diefenbaker Park, electricity
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - The public was invited to attend an informational come-and-go Open House for the proposed tall wind turbine on October 7th at J S Wood Library Auditorium, and October 9th at St. Frances School Gymnasium, 2008. Attendees were provided with information and hand-outs on this initiative and were invited to provide comments. City of Saskatoon staff were available to answer questions.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Sustainable Communities Grant

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Green Initiatives Fund Co-ordinator, Ministry of Environment
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
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Sustainable Communities Grants are awarded for projects that take place in Saskatchewan and work towards progress in the following target areas:
    * Climate Change - project reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    * Eco-tourism - project addresses ecosystem preservation through public education and provides economic opportunity through tourism in Saskatchewan
    * Green Agricultural Practices - project demonstrates or determines the feasibility of agricultural practices that minimize negative environmental impacts
    * Ecosystem Conservation - project conserves resources, preserves and maintains ecosystems at risk or rehabilitates degraded areas
    * Sustainable Development Awareness - project raises awareness of sustainable development through education activities, training, research, seminars or forums
    * Water Conservation and Source Water Protection - project takes action to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply
Costs that are not eligible include:
# Projects that have received previous funding from the Green Initiatives Fund
# Projects that require on-going funding from the province beyond two calendar years
# On-going administration (office costs) and established operational budgets; Sustainable Communities Grant money cannot be used to provide on-going operational funding
# Infrastructure, including landfills, roads, water/wastewater and buildings used for residential or commercial purposes
# Equipment, including but not limited to vehicles, heating and cooling equipment
# Land
# Research projects
# Biofuels projects
# Projects that include debt financing or cost recovery purposes
# Initiatives that need to be undertaken as a result of a government order, such as investigations and remediation
Saskatchewan youth groups, community associations, non-profit organizations, local governments including First Nation communities, educational institutions and municipal corporations are eligible to submit project proposals. Individuals or groups not included in the above list may submit a joint application with an eligible applicant. Funding is available to a maximum of $100,000.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. The maximum length of a project is two calendar years from the time the funding is awarded. The application deadlines are October 15 and April 15.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
sustainable communities, climate change, eco-tourism, green agriculture, ecosystems, water conservation, source water, sustainable development
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=15ba2b6c-acde-479a-bc55...

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Energy & Greenhouse Gas Management Plan

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
City of Saskatoon
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
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The City of Saskatoon and Road Map 2020 are working together to engage the community on ways to better manage energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Road Map 2020 is a local non-profit organization whose members represent a variety of sectors in the community, all working to make Saskatoon more sustainable. The input gathered by Road Map 2020 contributed to the Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan, a plan for Saskatoon to lower its emissions.  The Partners for Climate Protection Program, of which Saskatoon is a member, is a network of over 120 Canadian Municipalities that are taking action on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The program uses a five milestone framework to help guide municipalities to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
The five milestones are:
    * Milestone One: Create a GHG Emissions Inventory and Forecast
    * Milestone Two: Set a Reduction Target
    * Milestone Three: Develop a Local Action Plan
    * Milestone Four: Implement the Local Action Plan
    * Milestone Five: Measure Progress and Report Results
Meeting the milestones...
      1. Create a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast - The City of Saskatoon has completed Milestone One. A full copy of the report City of Saskatoon Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Forecast & Target is available for review.
      2. Set a reduction target - Milestone Two was completed in the fall of 2005 when City Council adopted targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6 % below 1990 levels by 2013 for the community of Saskatoon, and 10% below 1990 levels by 2013 for the City's Corporate operations.
      3. Develop a local action plan - Milestone Three was achieved in December 2007 when Council adopted the Energy & Greenhouse Gas Management Plan (large PDF - 11 MB). The Plan guide how the community and the City's Corporate operations achieve the targets set by Council.
      4. Implement the Plan - The City will begin implementing the Plan in 2008.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. Implementation started 2008.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
City of Saskatoon, energy, greenhouse gases, Road Map 2020, reducing emissions, climate change
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing (including pdf of the plan) at http://www.saskatoon.ca/org/environmental_protection/ghg_plan.asp

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Green Technology Commercialization Grant

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Green Initiatives Fund Co-ordinator Ministry of Environment
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
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Green technologies are defined as those technologies which, through their adoption, adaptation or development, help develop or produce goods and services providing either a remedial or preventative benefit to the natural environment.
Eligible technologies could include, but are not limited to the following examples:
    * Water purification and management - water pollution prevention and treatment technologies; water recycling and ultra-filtration systems; remote sensor and automation (e.g. wastewater treatment and management technology)
    * Development of best practices - in all aspects of environmental management, which may include the adaptation, novel or innovative use of existing technology (e.g. phyto-remediation)
    * Bio-product innovation - value added options in expanding markets for bio-materials, bio-industrial chemicals, bio-processing or bio-remediation
    * Agriculture - farm efficiency technologies; water conserving irrigation systems; bioremediation and soil treatment; natural pesticides
    * Air Quality - air purification products and air filtration systems; energy efficient heating, ventilating and/or cooling (HVAC) systems; air pollution and monitoring equipment; emissions monitoring and sampling equipment; indoor air quality testing equipment; data logging and remote sensing
    * Enabling technologies - catalyst and membrane technology; distributed sensor networks technology
    * Environmental IT - software and systems for environmental management, GIS & GPS applications; record keeping; waste and hazardous materials management
    * Materials and nano-technology - biodegradable materials derived from seed proteins and crop residue; micro-fluidics technology for biochemical reactions; nano-materials; composite materials; environmentally friendly chemical products and sensor technology
    * Materials recovery and recycling - recycling technologies; waste treatment; internet based systems for materials trading and management; hazardous waste remediation; bio-mimetics for advanced metals separation and extraction; composting technologies
    * Manufacturing and industrial - advanced packaging; natural or green chemistry; environmentally friendly construction materials; business process and data flow mapping tools; precision and lean manufacturing process instruments and fault detection; chemical management technology and service
    * Transportation and logistics - lighter materials technology for transportation vehicles; advanced pavements and road surfaces; smart logistics software and processes (e.g. the Ross Industrial Park project)
Projects that cannot be funded include:
    * Projects that previously have received funding from the Green Initiatives Fund.
    * Projects that require on-going funding from the province beyond two calendar years.
    * Initiatives that need to be undertaken as a result of a government order, such as investigations and remediation.
    * Projects that are NOT distinct from applicant's standard operations. Green Initiatives Fund money CANNOT be used to provide on-going operational funding.
The following can apply:
    * New and existing small to medium sized businesses registered in Saskatchewan.
    * Partnerships between a business registered in Saskatchewan and non-business groups.
Groups such as non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic researchers and municipal groups may partner with a business in working towards commercialization of a product or service. However, these groups are not eligible to apply for funding without a committed business interest.
Projects with costs between $10,000 and $200,000 are eligible to receive funding up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $100,000. Projects with costs over $200,000 are eligible to receive funding up to 50% of the first $200,000 of eligible costs and 25% of eligible costs beyond that to a maximum of $250,000.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. Pre-qualification applications will be reviewed, as a minimum, on a quarterly basis each year according to the following deadlines:
    * March 31
    * June 30
    * September 30
    * December 31

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
green technology, Ministry of Environment, water management, bio-product, agriculture, air quality, environmental IT, recycling, transportation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=a780f95d-0152-4dcd-a4e6...

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
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