The University of Regina has been recognized with five awards for making Saskatchewan more sustainable.
The awards were presented Wednesday by the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development at the annual awards recognition event at the Treaty Four Governance Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle.
“These awards illustrate that sustainability is infused in our students, our research, and in our community. They demonstrate the wide variety of approaches being used at our campus to be more sustainable,” says Carol Reyda, project manager of construction and sustainability at the University of Regina.
The University received awards for the following initiatives:
• The Strategic Plan for Sustainability, which aims to make the University a leader in environmental responsibility and put 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 about sustainability and community engagement; increases the University profile of environmental and social sustainability; and creates collaborations 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 Luther-White Butte Ecomuseum, which allows students to work with the communities of White City, Balgonie, and Pilot Butte to explore, interpret and preserve heritage and to promote sustainable development.
• The Canadian Roots Exchange University of Regina Reconciliation Team which honours missing and murdered indigenous women through an evening of storytelling with guest speakers Dr. Shauneen Pete and Brenda Dubois.
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.