Sustainable Infrastructure

ESET E-Bike and Solar Alternative

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Michael Lasante
Email address of primary contact person: 
lasante@siast.sk.ca
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This project started as an experiment to see if a regular gas burning motorcycle that had reached the end of its lifecycle could be reborn as a low emission daily commuter vehicle. A motorcycle rather than a car was chosen as it could be brought into the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology labs to be used as part of the Power Electronics, Printed Circuit Board Design and Technical Thesis courses.

A 1977 Yamaha 400cc motorcycle was acquired at no cost and over the next number of months, stripped down and rebuilt as an electric motorcycle. The vehicle uses four electric vehicle dry cell batteries to power a 48 volt DC motor. Students have assisted with the design and use the motorcycle as a test bed for design projects.

The motorcycle has been at numerous career fairs for students and teachers as well as a number of trade shows and exhibitions. It promotes careers in technology, especially the emerging Green Energy field.

I am currently working on an Applied Research project to design a solar powered recharging system. This will make our “Low Emission” vehicle “Zero Emission” as it will no longer require recharging from the existing fossil fuel generated power grid.

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

2011

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Low emission vehicle
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

This project was not designed to be a prototype for future production. Its goal was to educate, both existing and future students of the Electronics Systems Engineering Technology Program at SIAST Kelsey Campus. It has expanded its educational mandate to high school teachers, support staff and the general public. Both as an example of what our students are capable of, but also what can be done at the grass roots level when it comes to experimenting with low and zero emission vehicles.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

I am currently working on an Applied Research project to design a solar powered recharging system. This will make our “Low Emission” vehicle “Zero Emission” as it will no longer require recharging from the existing fossil fuel generated power grid.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011

Alternative Energy Forum and Fair

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Ron Smallwood
Email address of primary contact person: 
Ronald.Smallwood@SIAST.Sk.Ca
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The goal of the Alternative Energy Forum & Fair (AEFF) was to showcase alternative energy to Moose Jaw and area residents, and to promote discussion around energy use and sources.

This was the first such event promoted but the City of Moose Jaw or a SIAST campus. Our themes and issues included: Made in Saskatchewan options; recycling; youth & family choices & options; alternative energy; and energy use reduction. Our target audience was everyone with special sessions for youth, families, and businesses.

The event was held at SIAST Palliser Campus, Moose Jaw on February 4 & 5 2011.

Municipal Advisory Committee on the Environment came up with the original idea and initial funding as a way to reach the general population. The SIAST Palliser Campus principal, through the campus representative on the board, offered the Palliser Campus as the site as well as in-kind services; and SIAST Palliser Campus Green Group agreed to assist in organization and funding of the event.

Despite bad weather a short advertising window the attendance was very good with over 100 paid visitors. Some of the session and all the displays were free and students weren’t required to pay. Two schools were prevented from attending by bad weather. A lot of discussion and ideas were generated with many suggestions for a follow up conference and actions. The success of the conference was encouraged other and

SIAST Campus Green Groups to plan similar events.

 

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

The event was held at SIAST Palliser Campus, Moose Jaw on February 4 & 5 2011.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Alternative Energy
What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

 

Our target audience was everyone with special sessions for youth, families, and businesses.

 

Project sponsors/funders: 

 

Municipal Advisory Committee on the Environment came up with the original idea and initial funding as a way to reach the general population. The SIAST Palliser Campus principal, through the campus representative on the board, offered the Palliser Campus as the site as well as in-kind services; and SIAST Palliser Campus Green Group agreed to assist in organization and funding of the event.

 

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011

Regina YES Network - O’Neill High School – ‘Turn Out Lights’

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Kathleen Wilson
Email address of primary contact person: 
kathleen_wilson@cooperators.ca
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The Green Squad at O’Neill High School is frustrated with the amount of time the lights are left on in their school and they’ve decided to tackle it! In a very energetic rap at the youth forum the students at O’Neill announced that they will be raising money to install sensor lights into all of the school’s bathrooms. Awesome!

Earth Week was a busy week at most of the schools. O'Neill High School was no exception! The students in the O'Neill Green Squad held three fundraisers to raise money towards their sensor lights project! They have almost reached their goal to install sensor lights into all of the school's bathrooms. The fundraisers included a float sale, a bake sale and a two week sale of environmentally friendly products.

The students at O'Neill High School are frustrated with people putting garbage into their recycling bins. To set an example for other students, the O'Neill Green Squad spent a very frigid December lunch hour sorting through the recycling on the front steps of the school. Sporting mittens, toques and their finest winter wear, they dumped out the collected recycling and removed all of the garbage. An entire garbage bag of waste was removed! A video was also made and aired at a school assembly before Christmas to remind students of proper etiquette for recycling!

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

Ongoing throughout the school year.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Environment Club, High School, Youth Engaged in Sustainability, Sensor Lights, Sustainable Actions
What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

The Cooperators.

Regina YES Network - Campbell Collegiate – Extreme School Makeover: Courtyard Edition

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Kathleen Wilson
Email address of primary contact person: 
kathleen_wilson@cooperators.ca
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The students at Campbell Collegiate have decided they want to revitalize a courtyard in their school. Currently the courtyard is not useable by students. They plan to remove debris and clean up the area. They then want to landscape the area and make it a student friendly space. The plan calls for native prairie species to be used. The students also plan to launch a composting program that will be a focal point of the garden. There was also talk of grey water recycling from a nearby home ec lab.

Most people feel more energy on a sunny day, but for the students of Campbell Collegiate in Regina a sunny day brings a different kind of energy in the form of hot water produced by their solar-thermal panels. Thanks to the Campbell Collegiate Environment Club, students can wash their hands or shower after gym class knowing that the hot water they are using produces fewer greenhouse gases than a conventional fossil fuel system. After an ambitious campaign to raise money for solar-thermal panels was launched in 2008, the Club’s efforts came to fruition when the panels were installed on the school’s roof in July 2009 by Kelln Solar, a local solar company.

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

Ongoing throughout the school year.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Environment Club, Students, High School, Sustainable Actions, Solar Panels, Youth Engaged in Sustainability
What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

The Cooperators

Communities of Tomorrow

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Communities of Tomorrow
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@communitiesoftomorrow.ca
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The Communities of Tomorrow partnership is a not for profit enterprise located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. CT fosters the development and commercialization of new infrastructure solutions for the global marketplace within the Regina regional sustainable infrastructure cluster.  One way CT does this is by providing funding to industry and researchers to support their research and development initiatives. CT also partners with various public and private sector organizations to help make sustainable infrastructure products and services a reality. This includes providing proposal development support, connecting clients with experts who can provide research and development assistance, and facilitating product testing prior to commercialization.

Over the next decade, the cluster expects its initiatives will have a significant economic impact in the Regina region and will have played a key role in the creation of numerous successful commercial products that will be available in the global marketplace. The cluster which includes the University of Regina and the National Research Council Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure Research will be recognized as an international leader in applied sustainable infrastructure research and practices. 

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

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Communities of Tomorrow, Regina, sustainable infrastructure, funding
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Communities of Tomorrow releases a monthly e-newsletter available to those who sign up for it, and additional material is available for viewing at http://www.ctinfo.ca

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