Sustainable Infrastructure

Proposed Tall Wind Turbine - City of Saskatoon

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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.

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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)

Universal Transit Pass (U-PASS) for University of Saskatchewan Students

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City of Saskatoon - Transit Services
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
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As of September 2007, University of Saskatchewan undergraduate students began paying a mandatory $118 fee for a universal Transit pass. The U-PASS offers students huge savings for transporation on Saskatoon Transit. During the 2006/07 school year, University students using Saskatoon Transit paid $199 for a semester pass or $398 for the full school year. The new U-PASS reduces that price to $118 for a full year (saving $280 every year). Although the new U-PASS is mandatory for full and part time undergraduate students at the University, students with special circumstances may apply to the USSU (University of Saskatchewan Students Union) for exemption from paying the U-PASS fee. Eligible students for the exemption include those living outside of city limits, those enrolled in distance education programs, those who live on campus at one of the residences, or those who have a valid disability parking pass. The U-Pass encourages more students to use public transit which takes more cars off the roads and cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Began September 2007; Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
City of Saskatoon, U-Pass, transit, transportation, University of Saskatchewan
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness

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

Water Conserving Showerhead Exchange - City of Saskatoon

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City of Saskatoon
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not applicable
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The city of Saskatoon held two showerhead exchanges in the winter of 2008. In addition to giving away water conserving showerheads to interested citizens, the exchanges also recycled old, wasteful showerheads to ensure they didn't end up in the landfill. The new showerheads not only conserve water, they save citizens money on their water bills.

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The exchange took place on February 23 and March 1, 2008

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
City of Saskatoon, showerheads, water conservation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - A public exchange was held for all interested citizens

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

SaskWater GreenZone Sustainability Blitz

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SaskWater
Email address of primary contact person: 
comm@swa.ca
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The messages of pride, respect and one play at a time were presented by members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders during GreenZone Sustainability Blitz - Speaker Series pep rallies throughout the province in May. SaskWater was a champion sponsor of the program which included school-wide pep rallies followed by water seminars under the theme "Water and Its Relation to Sustainability" in Grade 5 and 6 classrooms. During the pep rallies, the Roughriders referred to the Four Rs - Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - as they challenged students to races based on water and energy conservation, and recycling. During the classroom seminars, it was evident many of the players involved had education backgrounds. The students were completely engaged as they discussed the water cycle, water composition in the body and conservation and preservation practices. SaskWater sponsored GreenZone Sustainability Blitz events took place in Aberdeen, Bruno, Warman, Martensville, Wakaw, Cudworth, Bellevue, St. Louis, Muenster, Humboldt and Annaheim.

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

Pep rallies took place in May 2008

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
SaskWater, water conservation, energy conservation, recycling, education, GreenZone,
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal - Water seminars for Grade 5 and 6 classrooms; Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing at http://www.saskwater.com/WhoWeAre/CommunityInvestment.asp?sub=subCorpora...

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

Energy Efficient Rebate for New Homes - SaskEnergy

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SaskEnergy Incorporated
Email address of primary contact person: 
communityrelations@saskenergy.com
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SaskEnergy, on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, is offering an Energy Efficient Rebate for New Homes. The program provides incentives to Saskatchewan residents who purchase or build a newly constructed energy efficient home after April 1, 2007 that is either ENERGY STAR qualified, R-2000 certified or has an EnerGuide for New Homes rating of 80 or above.

The rebate program will help offset the cost premium that is often associated with purchasing an energy efficient home.
Homeowners have the potential to receive up to $2,400 in rebates. Rebates include:
        * $1,000 for the purchase of a home that is ENERGY STAR qualified, R-2000 certified or has an EnerGuide for New Homes rating of 80 or above, plus
        * $1,000 for the installation of a solar domestic hot water heating system,
        * $150 for the installation of a drain water heat recovery system, and/or
        * $100 for the installation of one qualifying natural gas appliance or $250 for two qualifying natural gas appliances. Qualifying natural gas appliances include clothes dryers, barbecues, cooktops, and ranges.
The benefits to the homeowner of building an energy efficient new home are:
        * lower energy bills
        * improved comfort
        * government-backed quality assurance
        * lower impact on the environment
        * higher resale value

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

Ongoing. The program applies to Saskatchewan residents who purchase or build a newly constructed energy efficient home after April 1, 2007 that is ENERGY STAR qualified, R-2000 certified, or has an EnerGuide for New Homes rating of 80 or above.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
SaskEnergy, energy efficient rebate, ENERGY STAR, R-2000, EnerGuide, new homes
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material is available for viewing http://www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy/energystarnewhomes.asp

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