"These awards were created to elevate the work students achieve as part of their education here at USask," said Dr. Colin Whitfield, Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability. "The Certificate in Sustainability allows students to pursue their own sustainability-related interests, while the Sustainability in Action (ENVS401) class is really about putting it all together and showing us how they can turn theories into action. The scope of the project is up to the students, and I have come to expect big things in this class because students bring limitless creativity, energy, and optimism."
Undergraduate Certificate Excellence Award
Sydney Boulton, who will go on to a Master in Resource and Environmental Management program at Simon Fraser University in the fall, was the winner of the Undergraduate Certificate Excellence Award.
"In the next decade, as communities shift their attention from climate mitigation to adaptation, there will be a huge need for research addressing urban climate change adaptation,” said Boulton. “I would like to become a leader in the urban sustainability field in Canada, relying in no small part on the education I have received at the University of Saskatchewan.”
Outstanding Sustainability in Action Project Award
Full Circle Composting Collective was the top choice for the Oustanding Sustanability in Action Project Award. Akaysha Envik, Bill Sakal, Jiggs Miguel, Kale Klassen, Matthew Hergott, Rachael Benjamin, and Valeria Torres Chaurra worked together as a team of seven to create a viable composting program for students living in residence at USask.
"This project directly impacts campus and community sustainability by keeping students in mind. True to its name, Full Circle Composting Collective wants to bring everything full circle. For us, that means taking organic waste from the community and turning it into something useful to give back. The composting program makes the University of Saskatchewan more sustainable, economical, and forward-thinking," said group spokesperson Rachael Benjamin.
Donations from Federated Co-op Limited (FCL) helped to purchase materials for the Compost Collective project (and many other projects) this year. USask thanks FCL for their support.
To learn more about the certificate in Sustainability, visit the USask admissions page.