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Campus Sustainability Grants Summary
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Updated September 6, 2019
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Healthnuts 2019-20 KitchensHealthnuts is a student group committed to achieving sustainability while providing opportunities for fellow students to learn food skills, socialize, and feast as a community. The grant will support eight monthly kitchen events over the 2019-20 year, with the following sustainability highlights: (1) Meals are heavily plant- based; (2) Seasonal and locally-grown foods are given preference (when possible) when grocery shopping; (3) Participants bring their own cutlery and are provided with dishes from the Reusable Dish Program; (4) All leftovers are taken home, either by participants or executives, in an effort to eliminate food waste.Healthnuts$840.002019Micro
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Campus Alberta Student Conference on Health (CASCH) 2019CASCH 2019 promotes a unique forum for students and faculty from Alberta’s institutions to discuss current trends and future directions of health in Alberta and beyond. In particular, this year’s program will include events with a focus on the impact of climate change on health. Grant funds will support speakers for the workshop "Developing leadership on climate change and health impacts for emerging health professionals” led by two speakers from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and provide volunteer recognition for waste-sorting volunteers.CASCH 2019 Steering Committee (School of Public Health)$250.002019Micro
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Engineering Students' Society Engineering Our Future D-I-Y ActivityEngineering Our Future (EoF) will be a series of events designed to highlight sustainability in engineering. It will showcase faculty, alumni and industry across disciplines to highlight ways in which engineering students can become involved both on and off campus, and the roles they can play in sustainable development. Grant funds will support a D-I-Y activity that teaches students to make beeswax wraps as a plastic alternative in conjunction with the other Engineering Our Future events.Engineering Students' Society$250.002019Micro
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Faculty of Engineering Graduate Student Research SymposiumThe Faculty of Engineering Graduate Student Research Symposium (FEGRS) is a student-run symposium that aims to provide graduate students a platform to promote their research, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and provide networking opportunities with industrial and government partners. The theme of this year's symposium is Engineering Resilient Communities, with one sub-theme of Energy & Sustainability, to highlight connections between resilient communities, energy ssytems, and economic diversification. FEGRS 2019 ran June 25-27, 2019 on North Campus.FEGSR Planning Committee
(Faculty of Engineering)
$500.002019Micro
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We're Ready! Community Disaster Preparedness Pilot WorkshopThe We're Ready! Community Disaster Preparedness Pilot Workshop aims to provide faculty and staff at the University of Alberta with knowledge, skills, and resources to design their own disaster preparedness plans in order to prepare employees for climate emergencies in the workplace, while also providing them with knowledge to prepare for emergencies in their other communities (e.g. neighbourhoods). This pilot aims to address the gaps in emergency preparation and response at the community level.Eva Bogdan,
Department of Sociology,
Faculty of Arts

Mary Beckie,
Faculty of Extension
$2,000.002019Micro
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Advancing Sustainability in the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry LaboratoriesChemistry is a foundational part of a university science degree, with approximately 3000 students per academic year required to take organic chemistry. This project aims to investigate and implement changes to the undergraduate laboratory experiments to incorporate green chemistry and sustainability concepts that also then educate students on: 1) waste management, 2) value added products, and 3) water conservation.Hayley Wan,
Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science
$15,400.002019Major
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Replace Photo Studio Lighting with Sustainable LED LightingThe photography studio in Visual Communication Design, in the Department of Art & Design will replace their old inefficient halogen lighting equipment with energy-efficient LED lighting and associated equipment. By installing more efficient and durable LED technology, this project will reduce energy consumption, reduce waste, and improve safety (halogens are hot and break easily, vs. LEDs, which are cool and durable). Additionally, this project will ensure students are learning using modern industry-standard equipment so they may take their knowledge of sustainable photography lighting into their course projects and professional endeavours. The project team will also share their experience and advice about LED photo studio lighting with our greater Edmonton design community, alumni, and so on.Cindy Couldwell and Louise Asselstine,
Department of Art and Design,
Faculty of Arts
$17,374.782019Major
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Campus Saint-Jean's Reusable Dishware ProgramAs part of an effort to reduce waste, increase environmental stewardship, and build more sustainable operations on campus, CSJ will initiate an on-site reusable dishware program. The program would provide free reusable dishware, including dinner plates, appetizer plates, bowls, beverage cups, and cutlery for use during events on campus. External groups that host events at CSJ will also have access to use the service for a nominal fee.Nada Baali,
Campus Saint-Jean
$32,063.522019Major
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Saville Curling Rink - PaintingPainting the ten sheets of curling rink floor located in the Saville Community Sports Centre will decrease the amount of time required to install the ice on an annual basis and eliminate the requirement of painting the ice itself every year. This project saves time, reduces paint supply required (and then disposed of), and reduces utility costs. The estimated lifespan of the painted floor is 20 years.Greg Lembke,
Campus and Community Recreation,
Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
$39,403.002019Major
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Mapping the solar roof potential of the North Campus buildings at the University of AlbertaThis project will map the solar potential of existing North Campus buildings. They will utilize several methodologies developed by their research group, such as accurate solar energy generation prediction models and optimization models to determine the best layout of solar PV for a given roof. The specific outcome will be the energy generation capacity of each building, the proposed solar PV panel layout for the specific building and expected monthly generation based on the layout and historical weather data.Mustafa Gul,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering
$50,000.002019Major
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Sustainable Tableware and Hosting MaterialsCounselling and Clinical Services will purchase a set of reusable dishes and basic stainless steel cutlery, plus individual water bottles, to encourage all staff to move away from disposable dishes and support staff bringing their lunch to work. Additionally, this group hosts a lot of large and small training events and will use the dishes for these events instead of disposables.Jason Murray,
Counselling and Clinical Services,
Office of the Dean of Students
$750.002018Micro
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