Saskatoon's Green Energy Park ESD 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): 
Kevin Hudson
Email address of primary contact person: 
kevin.hudson@saskatoon.ca
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The City of Saskatoon is taking action on climate change and working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Several initiatives are already underway, including study of a small-scale hydropower station at the Saskatoon Weir on the South Saskatchewan River, and several power generation projects that are part of a Green Energy Park at the Saskatoon Landfill.

Through this project Aden Bowman students worked with students from the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability to create educational materials highlighting various aspects of Saskatoon’s Green Energy Park, and its role in providing an environmentally sustainable energy system for the city. An informed and knowledgeable public is critical to achieving a sustainable livelihood in our city.

Over half of the city’s ecological footprint is due to energy use. As the city grows, there will be an even greater demand for energy. Future growth in demand and anticipated changes in environmental regulations may require a new approach to meeting our energy needs.

In June 2009, the City of Saskatoon released its Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan. A key goal of the plan is to achieve a diverse and environmentally sustainable energy system by developing local renewable energy supplies.

Green Energy Park projects include: a Landfill Gas Collection System and Power Generation Facility; a Turboexpander Power Generation Facility (in partnership with SaskEnergy Incorporated); and a Tall Wind Turbine. Other alternative technologies may also be considered in the future.

Through this project, students worked with a professional graphic designer to develop an educational brochure, display boards, and on-site signage aimed to inform and educate the public about these alternative energy technologies.

 

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): 
Sustainable energy systems
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Through this project Aden Bowman students worked with students from the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability to create educational materials highlighting various aspects of Saskatoon’s Green Energy Park, and its role in providing an environmentally sustainable energy system for the city.

Through this project, students worked with a professional graphic designer to develop an educational brochure, display boards, and on-site signage aimed to inform and educate the public about these alternative energy technologies.

Having students work on this project with the City of Saskatoon provided an opportunity to connect youth to education, skills development and job opportunities. This is especially important as society works to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills necessary to build a sustainable future for everyone.

Students researched the challenges faced by the electrical industry in Saskatchewan, Canada, and globally in moving toward an environmentally sustainable energy system and meeting an ever-increasing demand for electricity.

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event