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

Hello!

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 
306-966-8164
liz.kuley@usask.ca

Quill Lakes Alliance Media Release and Drainage Report

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

RCE Facilitation Group Meeting Minutes

Please find attached the RCE Facilitation Group meeting minutes from our meeting held on September 27, 2018.

RCE Facilitation Group

2018-09-27 00:00

Dear RCE Colleagues,

This is a quick reminder of the RCE Facilitation Group Meeting (RFG) this Thursday, September 27th, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Luther College at the University of Regina in Room 207. If you are planning to join the meeting virtually/electronically and have not already done so please let me know (roger.petry@uregina.ca). We will be using Zoom; I will send you the appropriate connections details for Zoom tomorrow (Wednesday).

If you have specific opportunities to collaborate with other RCE members or are needing help in some other way to advance your projects, please mention these at the appropriate time on the agenda.

Best wishes,
Roger and Carol

7 pm, Bushwakkers, 10 Years Celebration

2018-05-02 00:00

The Calling Lakes Ecomuseum, a proud flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan, is organizing a celebration.  We hope you will join us.  

Celebrate Saskatchewan: 10 years of global leadership in sustainable development

Please join us:

Wednesday May 2, 2018 

Bushwakker's Brewing Company - 2206 Dewdney Ave, Regina  

7 - 9 pm, brief presentations (20 min) followed by a celebration!

Community leaders across Saskatchewan are working every day to protect natural resources and build a strong, sustainable social and economic future. RCE Saskatchewan is a voluntary network of local sustainable development leaders, educators, researchers and UN agencies united under the UN Global Goals. Since 2013, six Saskatchewan sustainability initiatives have earned global recognition from the United Nations University.  Hear about and celebrate the 10 years of groundbreaking collaboration that is forging new paths for a sustainable future in Saskatchewan.

Meet local sustainability leaders and Dr. Charles (Chuck) Hopkins, UNESCO Chair at York University, who will explain the leadership Saskatchewan and the global RCE network are providing in global education for sustainable development.

We hope to see you there!

Aura Lee MacPherson  Chair for the Calling Lakes Ecomuseum  

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