2023 Award Recipients

2023 RCE Saskatchewan Award recipients, May 3, 2023, at the AE Rawlinson, Prince Albert

Municipal and Band-Led Projects

City of Saskatoon
Business Recycling Regulation and Education Program
The City of Saskatoon developed the first bylaw in Saskatchewan requiring businesses and organizations to divert recyclables and organics. Educational resources and ongoing support are available to aid in the sector’s diversion efforts. The program will help achieve the city’s waste diversion towards 70% from the Saskatoon Regional Waste Management Centre (Landfill).
City of SaskatoonSaskatoon Home Energy Loan Program
The Home Energy Loan Program, Residential Solar Potential Map, Energy Coaches and Reno Resources webpage educate and incentivize residents to reduce energy use in their homes by retrofitting their current homes and adding renewable sources of energy.
Cowesses First NationCowesses First Nation Solar Project
City of SaskatoonElm Wood Disposal Pilot
The City of Saskatoon’s Elm Wood Disposal Pilot educated 500 residents on the proper disposal of elm wood to reduce the risk of Dutch elm disease infection.
City of ReginaCity of Regina Waste Management Centre Education Room

Projects by Cultural, Faith, Non-profit and Community-based Organizations

Meewasin Valley Authority, SaskatoonThe Meewasin App – Meewasin Valley Authority
The Meewasin App interprets stories of First Nation and Metis People throughout Meewasin Valley and region in an outdoor, urban setting for lifelong learners and tourists.
Sask. Environmental SocietySouthern Solutions
Friends of Saskatoon AfforestationExploring the Wildwoods of Saskatoon
“Wildwoods of Saskatoon” education package & forest barriers protect green spaces & encourage environmental stewards.
Craik Communities in BloomCraik, SK – Our Blooming Cultural Community
Craik Saskatchewan’s “Our Blooming Cultural Community” project provides opportunities for understanding and inclusivity through cultural displays and performances.
Let’s Talk Outdoors Podcast
Join SaskOutdoors hosts as they interview guests about environmental enjoyment and education on the podcast Let’s Talk Outdoors! Available on all common podcast players.
Phil Johnston et al.The Regina Art Park Urban Forest
The Regina Art Park Urban Forest is a beautiful public space that provides fresh fruit for the community and habitat for wildlife.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum, ReginaDevelopment of the “Home: Life in the Anthropocene” Gallery
The new “Home” gallery at the Royal Sask Museum explores what it means to live sustainably in the Anthropocene.
Friends of Wascana Marsh, ReginaHabitat Conservation Area – Friends of Wascana Marsh
Wascana Habitat Conservation Area increases awareness of natural areas & the importance of wetlands.
Immanuel Anglican Church, ReginaTending to Creation at Immanuel Anglican Church
Immanuel’s Tending to Creation program helps us to be good stewards of the earth.

Excellence in Education for Sustainable Development in the Community Award 

Conservation Learning Centre, Prince Albert Conservation Learning Centre  
The CLC is a sustainable agriculture research farm that has been educating the public for 30 years.

Lyle Benko Future Generations Award (Excellence in K-12 Education for Sustainable Development

Anna Rose and Prairie Sky School, Regina Mîciwina sakahk: food forest
Prairie Sky School students created a mîciwina sakahk (Cree for food forest) and multilingual biodiversity mural to nourish their community (soil, flora, fauna and human) and nurture children’s connection with the land.

Post-Secondary Initiatives and Course-based Projects by Post-Secondary Students

University of Regina Students UnionURSU Cares
URSU Cares is a program that provides sustainable food and clothing options to low income and marginalized students and youth, as well as community members in the Greater Regina Area.
Students of Dr. Stephanie Young, University of ReginaTechnological development to mitigate filamentous algal blooms in Lake Diefenbaker’s irrigation canals
This student project explored cost-effective and environmentally friendly algal control technologies to improve irrigation water quality and contribute to water sustainability. 
University of Saskatchewan Faculty Fellows
Six USask faculty members have been appointed to two-year terms as Sustainability Faculty Fellows to support faculty in designing, instructing, and assessing in ways that build student competencies for sustainability.
Dr. Kelvin Tsun Wai Ng and Tanvir S. Mahmud, University of ReginaMunicipal Solid Waste Monitoring During COVID 19
The virulence of COVID-19 has affected sustainable solid waste management operation. This research is being shared with students and other researchers.
University of SaskatchewanUniversity of Saskatchewan Sustainability Strategy 2021 – 2030
A renewed USask sustainability strategy for the coming decade.
Student Project, University of ReginaTeam Spot
Unfortunately, not everyone has access to medical facilities or the necessary knowledge to identify skin conditions, some of which can be serious. .SPOT is an AI assisted medical diary that focuses on analyzing and classifying skin spots.
Christian Riegel and Katherine M. Robinson, University of ReginaHealth Humanities in Application
Health Humanities in Application, published by Springer Nature is a volume of essays that addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The aim was to demonstrate the health huamnities in a range of contexts to support health and wellbeing.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and District of Lakeland No. 521Emma Lake Water Assessment and Environmental Stewardship
The Environmental Advisory Committee in the District of Lakeland #521 has been conducting environmental sampling at Emma Lake, SK since 2008. In 2022, a student intern was engaged to prepare a report pn this ongoing water sampling and environmental assessment and to engage in public education on water quality in a recreational lake setting.
School of Environment and Sustainability, University of SaskatchewanSustainability in Action Capstone Course
Sustainability in Action is a capstone course for students learning about the environment and sustainability.. More than 450 students have taken this course during its first 10 years; students use collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches in an applied environment to tackle open inquiry–based projects that address sustainability challenges of all shapes and sizes both on- campus and off.
Saskatchewan PolytechnicRescuing Hand-Sound-Based Bathymetry Maps – SaskPolytechnic
This project to modernize paper bathymetry maps using existing bathymetry proxy data will enable more efficient and cost-effective data collection, leading to a better understanding of the ecology of Saskatchewan’s lakes.
University of SaskatchewanTransdisciplinary Education Collaboration for Transformations in Sustainability (TRANSECTS)
TRANSECTS is an innovative, transdisciplinary research training partnership that prepares graduates to be the next generation of sustainability change makers with flexible and accessible pathways for intercultural learning through shared international experiential learning, professional development and networking across the Global North and South. 
Student Project, University of ReginaUtilizing Biocementation to Mitigate Calcite Formation
This project focused on using the bacterium Sporosarcina Pasteurii to bio-cement the waste rock pile at a mining site, and evaluating the feasibility, field scale influencing factors, and environmental impacts of the process.
School of Environment and Sustainability, University of SaskatchewanMultispecies Methods Research Symposium
The Multispecies Methods Research Symposium is a unique international trans-disciplinary online event bringing together scholars, artists, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, animal care providers, and animal communicators to share knowledge, ideas, and build a multi-sectoral and multispecies research community focusing on two-way communication between humans and other animals.
Students of Dr. Stephanie Young, University of Regina
Wastewater Treatment Process Retrofits for the First Nations
This student project examined how Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation could best retrofits its wastewater treatment plant to meet community needs for the next 20 years.
Dr. Michelle Pavloff et. al, Saskatchewan PolytechnicSaskatchewan Farmer and Rancher Mental Health Initiative
The Farmer and Rancher Mental Health (FARMh) Initiative created the SaskAgMatters Network, which provides free counselling services to agricultural producers and their families, as well as public education about fram mental health.
La Cite universtaire francophone, University of ReginaFrench Translation of Energy Course and E-Text
Sustainability and the environment are important topics in the Saskatchewan K-12 curriculum Until now, there was no specific training in on these topics for teachers teaching in French. A French sustainable energy course was created to serve the French speaking community of Saskatchewan.
Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Studies Network and the Sask. Council for International CooperationSDG Expo and SDG Multiplier Training   
The SDG Expo brought the university and community together to learn about and promote local action that is taking place around the goals. The Multiplier Training built capacity around UN SDGs by preparing participants to reflect on the goals, share how they impact their community, and commit to community action.

Dr. Garth Pickard Award for Post-Secondary Excellence in Education for Sustainable Development

Luther College at the University of ReginaProject of Heart
Project of Heart is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, intergenerational, artistic journey that examines the history and legacy of the residential school system forced upon Indigenous people in Canada.