"We're Losing Our Wetlands" Article

Please see the following article by EcoFriendly Sask on the plight of wetlands inSaskatchewan:




UN RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands and Quill Lakes

Please see attached this important media release about the Quill Lakes covered under the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands.

Mapping Local Achievements through the Sustainable Development Goals Event, Saskatoon

2018-11-20 17:30

Invitation – SASKATOON Roundtable Discussion

Mapping Local Achievements through the Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

5:30 to 9:30 PM

Station 20 West, 1120 - 20th Street West


Did you know that you're probably already helping to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals?

Join us for a roundtable workshop to explore how the SDGs relate to the work of local groups and organizations, and how groups are already achieving these goals either locally or globally. The roundtable is part of a series of meetings and aims to make visible the amazing work already happening on the SDGs in Canada and to share this work provincially and nationally. Join us in exploring the potential for improved collaboration and impact across sectors in Saskatchewan. Discussion will focus on the following questions:

1. What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and why do they matter?

2. How do the SDGs relate to your organization's work locally and/or globally?

3. How can the SDGs be an opportunity for greater collaboration and impact?

Who should attend?

Advocates, staff, students, educators, volunteers, business leaders, policy-makers, service-providers, funders and entrepreneurs interested in:

·        Anti-poverty

·        Community health

·        Ecosystem health

·        Gender equality

·        Homelessness solutions

·        Human rights

·        Peace and inter-cultural understanding

·        Renewable energy

·        Social enterprise

·        Sustainable business, communities and infrastructure

·        Sustainable food systems

·        Water quality and access


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in 2015, are designed to guide local and global efforts to address major issues such as poverty, hunger, injustice, environmental destruction and climate change, for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Workshop Facilitated by Dan Harris, Program Officer at the BC Council for International Cooperation.

EcoHack 2018

Please see below the email request received from the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan sent to the RCE.--Roger


As a partner organization of The School of Environment and Sustainability, we thought that you may be interested in an upcoming event called EcoHack 2018an environment/sustainability themed hackathon, with challenges sourced from local organizations such as yours.

Taking place November 23rd-25th, EcoHack will be an immersive multi-day experience for our students to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams. They will use rapid-iteration design to generate solutions to environmental and sustainability themed challenges that are identified locally – these are real solutions to real local challenges. I’ve attached the community partner information package to give you a sense of the time commitment involved.

We are currently in the process of finding community partners to identify environmental/sustainability challenges or ideas and would like to extend this opportunity to your organization. We would appreciate the submission of your challenge before November 1st.

Challenges can be submitted online here, or you are welcome to email our event lead, Liz Kuley, at liz.kuley@usask.ca. Acting as a community partner requires no financial commitment, although our community partners are welcome to sponsor the event in addition to providing us with a sustainability challenge. Community partners will be asked to:

  • give a two to five minute “challenge statement” to participants on Friday evening
  • attend a question period after this presentation where participants can ask them (or a representative) questions about the proposed challenge
  • on Saturday, community partners are welcome to pop in to see the progress that students are making towards a solution to their proposed challenge, and to offer mentorship
  • on Sunday, partners are welcome to join us for dinner and to watch the teams give a 2-5 minute demonstration/pitch (dinner will be provided and tickets to this event are available to the representative of community partners for free, but are otherwise $20 and go on sale October 15th).

We are looking for challenges from a wide array of industries and of various types. Some examples of currently submitted challenged are:

  • How can we avoid using tape/chemical adhesives when shipping orders across North America? 
  • How can we locally recycle or reduce the use of soft plastics since we can no longer recycle it in blue bins? 
  • Who has a role to play in supporting green building projects in our community? And what can these stakeholders do to make it easier for green building projects to be successfully completed?

EcoHack 2018 is being organized by a cross campus team including the Office of Sustainability, the Undergraduate Environmental Programs Office (myself), the College of Engineering, and is championed by Dr. Irena Creed, the Executive Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability. This event is currently sponsored by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the National Science and Engineering Research Council, and the University of Saskatchewan.

Please feel free to share this with those in your network who would benefit from this opportunity, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Warm Regards,

Liz Kuley

Undergraduate Environmental Programs Coordinator

University of Saskatchewan
Kirk Hall Room 306 

Quill Lakes Alliance Media Release and Drainage Report

Please see below this two very important documents.--Roger

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