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Being recognized for making sustainability a priority

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 4, 2016 2:00 p.m.

The University of Regina is honoured with five awards for promoting sustainability.
The University of Regina is honoured with five awards for promoting sustainability. Photo: U of R Photography.

The University of Regina has been recognized for helping to make Saskatchewan more sustainable.

The university received five awards from the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development at the annual awards recognition event, held on May 4, 2016, at the Treaty Four Governance Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle.

“These awards demonstrate the wide variety of approaches being used at the University of Regina to be more sustainable,” says Carol Reyda, Project Manager, Construction and Sustainability at the university.

The University of Regina received awards for the following initiatives:

- The Strategic Plan for Sustainability, which aims to make the university a leader in environmental responsibility, putting sustainability at the core of teaching, research, and campus life.

- The Sustainability and Community Engagement Fund, which provides financial resources to innovative projects on sustainability led by students; fosters education and skills building about sustainability and community engagement; increases the university profile in regards to environmental and social sustainability; and creates collaboration between committed units and individuals on campus.

- The Greywater Reclamation and Reuse project, led by Dr. Stephanie Young, which looks at ways of on-site recycling of wastewater produced from bathroom sinks, showers and baths. The project focuses on the design and production of a bioreactor for the onsite treatment of grey water, and the feasibility of using the treated grey water for irrigation.

- The Luther-White Butte Ecomuseum, which allows students to explore, interpret and preserve heritage, and promote sustainable development. Students worked with the nearby communities of White City, Balgonie and Pilot Butte.

- The Canadian Roots Exchange, University of Regina Reconciliation Team, which honours missing and murdered indigenous women. There was an evening of storytelling with guest speakers Shauneen Pete and Brenda Dubois, an exclusive performance by Terrence Littletent “Warriors Dream” and performances by youth Hoop Dancer Steven Obey-Littletent.

“Students, faculty, and staff all have a part to play in creating a more sustainable university and community,” says Reyda.

“These awards also illustrate that sustainability is infused in our students, our research, and in our community,” she adds.

The awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations and groups as they pursue ways to help make our province a more sustainable place. The projects educate and encourage others to initiate development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

More information is available at www.rceskrecognitionevent.com.