Sustainable Infrastructure

Saskatchewan Centre of Excellence for Transportation and Infrastructure

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Doug Wakabayashi
Email address of primary contact person: 
doug.wakabayashi@gov.sk.ca
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The Saskatchewan Government and the University of Saskatchewan have partnered to launch the Saskatchewan Centre of Excellence for Transportation and Infrastructure. It will be a transportation research and training hub, housed on campus within the College of Engineering. The Centre will have a strong focus on infrastructure management and design along with materials testing. It will serve as a "living laboratory" that will further leading edge research and train world-class highway engineers in a real-world testing environment. The Ministry and University will focus on developing a governance structure for the Centre that will accommodate input from other post-secondary institutions in the province, the private sector and federal and municipal governments. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will contribute up to $1 million initially toward applied research and specialized training programs through the Centre.

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

Launched spring 2008; Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
transportation, infrastructure, highways, research, training, UofS, engineering
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal - Research and training hub at the UofS. Informal - material available for viewing at http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=20ddaf64-b0b3-4cce-bd64-7ba4a8ada0eb and http://www.usask.ca/research/news/read.php?id=794&newsid=1

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution

Regina Transit - Employer Pass Program

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Regina Transit
Email address of primary contact person: 
http://www.regina.ca/Page368.aspx
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Regina Transit's Employer Pass Program allows employees to have unlimited rides on Regina Transit for $47.50 per month ($570 per year) - 12 months of riding for the price of 10 months. Employees will be able to purchase a photo ID pass, and can gradually pay for a pass through payroll deduction or any other method that works for the employee. The program encourages more people to take transit as opposed to driving their own vehicles and reduces fuel use and pollution: One bus load of passengers takes the equivalent of 40 vehicles off the road, saving 70,000 litres of fuel over one year and reducing emission of pollutants by more than 15,000 tons per year.

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): 
transit, bus, employer, Regina Transit, emissions, transportation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Material available for viewing at http://www.regina.ca/Page618.aspx

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

Cypress Wind Power Facility - SaskPower

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
SaskPower
Email address of primary contact person: 
http://www.saskpower.com/contact/contact.shtml
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Being the first wind generating facility built by SaskPower, the Cypress Wind Power Facility was originally built in 2002, approximately 12 kilometers southwest of Gull Lake. It was built as a 9 turbine, 6 Megawatt (MW) facility, and in 2003 was expanded, adding 7 more turbines, generating 5 MW of electricity. Today there is a total of 16 turbines which generating up to 11 MW of electricity as part of SaskPower's optional GreenPower product. The Government of Canada has provided approximately $2.6 million in funding over 10 years for Cypress I and $1.47 million in funding over 10 years for Cypress II, as part of the Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program.

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

Opened 2002, Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
wind power, turbines, SaskPower, Gull Lake, Suncor Energy Inc., Enbridge Inc., electricity, renewable energy
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - This is a demonstration project with material available for viewing at http://www.saskpower.com/poweringyourfuture/today/generation/cypress.shtml

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

Eco-Centre - Craik Sustainable Living Project

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Town of Craik; RM of Craik #222
Email address of primary contact person: 
town.craik@sasktel.net
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This multipurpose facility, which opened July 3rd, 2004, features innovative and energy efficient building design and integrated heating, cooling and renewable energy systems. The facility serves as a focal point for indoor and outdoor demonstration and educational programming on sustainability. The Eco-Centre is located just east of the Louis Riel Trail  (Highway #11), one of the busiest and well-maintained highways in Saskatchewan, situated approximately midway between Saskatoon and Regina. The Eco-Centre is located on the edge of the scenic Arm River Valley, overlooking Arm Lake, Craik and District Regional Park and next to the Craik and District Golf Course.  Funding for the Eco-Centre is being generated through:

   1. Fund raising campaigns such as 'Buy a Bale' and the 'Green Lottery'

   2. Corporate, foundation and organizational sponsorship

   3. In-kind contributions and volunteer service

   4. A grant and loan from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Funds.

 

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

Opened July 3,2004. Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Craik, eco-village, eco-centre, energy efficient, building design, renewable energy
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

 

Informal - This is a demonstration project with material for viewing at www.craikecovillage.ca 

 

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

Enhanced Water Conservation Program - City of Regina

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Randy Burant, A.Sc.T, Water Technologist
Email address of primary contact person: 
rburant@regina.ca
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The City of Regina has had an Enhanced Water Conservation Program since the 1980s. It is an entirely voluntary program that relies on media advertising to communicate to the public methods for saving water and money. Over the years the City has added features to the media campaign:

- Free Xeriscaping Classes: low water, low maintenance landscaping classes, which over 3000 people have attended since their inception. 

- A working display has been developed on the benefits of installing water efficient toilets using fixtures in the home. 

- A Partnership in Education has been established with Dr. A. E. Perry School in Regina, and the City has worked closely with the students to instill good water use habits. As part of this partnership they have also established a Xeriscape garden at the school.

- In 2002 the City began replacing approximately 56,000 old and inaccurate water meters.  As part of the program the public was educated on the use of the new and accurate water meters to monitor their water use in their buildings. Also included was a drive by Radio Read system that enabled the meters to be read automatically without entering the premises.

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): 
water conservation, xeriscape, City of Regina, water meters, water efficiency, low water
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - media advertising, and material available for viewing at http://www.regina.ca/Page379.aspx

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