Living Lab

Combining Study, Research, and Innovation


The University of Saskatchewan Sustainability Living Lab uses the campus and the community as a laboratory for teaching and research to explore all aspects of sustainability—environmental, societal and economic—to develop actionable solutions to make the campus and the community more sustainable. Students, faculty and staff work collaboratively on applied projects that address campus sustainability issues and challenges.  With time this may expand to include sustainability issues and challenges from the community beyond campus.

Staff members usually initiate projects, but ideas for projects can also be proposed by faculty and students.

If you have an idea for a project or would like to request a project, contact sustainability@usask.ca.


Funding from Fisher Scientific supports project-related expenses such as travel costs, costs associated with field work, equipment rental or purchase, materials and billable hours from U of S units. In addition, the Campus Sustainability Revolving Fund (CSRF) may fund some projects that bring forward actionable solutions that meet the CSRF criteria.

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Media Coverage

Projects from the Sustainability Living Lab have been covered in the media in a wide variety of forms.

The 2014 Sustainability Living Lab Project Symposium was covered by Shaw TV

The Star Phoenix covered the 2015 Sustainability Living Lab Project Symposium in an April, 2015 article

Alanna Howell's 2015 Living Lab project on sustainable waste management options for the Rayner Dairy Barn on campus was covered by The Vancouver Sun, OnCampus News, and by CTV News Saskatoon (link pending).

Sustainability Living Lab Schedules and Projects

TimeCourseProjectPresentersPresentations and Reports
9:00 - 9:15 Opening and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 PLAN 490 Regional Sustainability Planning Mega-Project Report
10:30 - 11:00 Break and Viewing of Displays and Posters
11:00 - 11:30 NUTR 330/430 Feasibility of On-Campus Farmers' Market

Nadine Nevland

Kara Friesen

Report

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch
12:30 - 12:50 ENVS 401 Cut the Fork'n Waste with US

Kendell Senger

Jenna Curson

Laurel Zelensky

Video

12:50 - 1:05

ENVS 401 Caution, Contents Wasteful: Reducing Coffee Cup Waste at the U of S

Taylor Kaye

Report

1:05 - 1:20 ENVS 401 Sustainable Schools, Sustainable Futures

Kim B.

Report

1:20 - 1:40 ENVS 401 Planting the Seed of Sustainable Agriculture: Road Map to 2018

Amanda Jolly

Kellie-Anne Nasby

Nicole Vanderleesk

Taylor Stenerson

Report

1:40 - 1:45 Break and Viewing of Displays and Posters
1:45 - 2:00 ENVS 401 Sustainable Youth: Growing our Future in Green Spaces

Vincente Dazzan

Report
2:00 - 2:20 ENVS 401 Growing Sustainability at the U of S: A Public Orchard Proposal

Natasha Levesque

Lauren Reynold

Angela Nerbis

Tyler Lefley

Report

Flyer

Proposal

2:20 - 2:40 PLAN 490 Food to Fertilizer with the Saskatoon Food Bank

Eric Pulvermacher

Alanna Jonson

Kennedy Keith

Elizabeth Edmondson

Report

2:40 - 3:00 ENVS 401 USASK Free Market on Campus

Louis Dumais

Carlene James

Chantal Bethune

Kristen Ottenbreit

Chelsey Skeosh

Courtney Burgera

3:00 - 3:20 ENVS 401 We Are Greenbin: Eco Group Discounting

Steven Kessler

Folly Baugh

Brady Myhr

Bruce Wang

Report

3:20 - 3:35 Break and Viewing of Displays and Posters
3:35 - 3:55 ENVS 401 Watts of Sweat: ReCycle Your Energy at the PAC

Scott Wood

Cassidy Oborowsky

Brianna Zoerb

Report

3:55 - 4:15 ENVS 401 Get Lit with US: Solar Panels on Campus

Allison Carr

Chelsea Baraniecki

Jenna Rae Fusick

Courtney Trudeau

Report

4:15 - 4:35 ENVS 401 2 for the Price of 1: Shine Bright for Less

Landon Sealey

Sam Garnett

Joshua Doerksen

Report

Presentation

4:35 - 5:00 Food and Socializing

Posters and Displays:

Poster COMM 450 Marketing to Reduce Food Waste

Abby Tait

Brent Lendsay

Laura Peter

Kara Leftley

Poster COMM 450 Marketing to Reduce Food Waste

Nicole Kidder

Renata Huyghebaert

Alexandra Barlas

Celia Haradence

Lesson Plan ECE 322 The Importance of Bees: Exploring the Significance of Sustaining Ecosystems

Cheryl McKay

Cayley McKenzie

Shelbi MacKinnon

Sarah Klein

Deanna Watson

Lesson Plan ECE 322 Water is Life - Keeping it Safe

Sarah Gibson

Jenny Klassen

Breanne Unger

Kristen Reddekopp

Laura Goodmanson

Lesson Plan ECE 322 From Here to There - Keeping Fresh Land, Water & Air

Rhonda Parton

Kendra Gerbig

Hellary Black

Michelle Puchula

Rylee McKenzie

Lesson Plan ECE 322 Classrom Compost

Mari Karla

Amanda

Serena

Brianna

Lesson Plan ECE 322 Sustainability - Our Role and Responsibility for Wildlife Preservation

Erica Osterried

Kayla Arguin

Sofia Quijada

Shauna Martin

Chanda Bugler

Lesson Plan ECE 322 The Tree Project

Jennelle Minish

Sydney Shumlanski

Alissa Hildebrandt

Tori Bass

Tracy O'Hara

Lesson Plan ECE 322 Saving the World by Using Recycled Paper

Argyro Karachalio

Erica Bronkhorst

Jessica Bradford

Kathryn Archer

Meagan Forbister

Unprogrammed Reports

Think More, Waste Less

Report

Presentation

Waste Not, Want Not

Report

Presentation

TimeCourseProjectPresentersReports and Presentations
10:00 - 10:30 ME 495 Mechanical Systems in the Education Building

Dacey Schentag

Jay Brockmann

Luke Deobald

Tanner Deobald

Report

Presentation

10:30 - 11:00 NUTR 430 Campus Sustainable Food Culture Taletha Bennet
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 11:30 ENVS 401 Growing UP: Green Rooftops on Campus

Kelsey Kirkham

Paige Pister

Meagon Willerton

Tracy Fehr

Marina Tetreault

Report

11:30 - 11:45 ENVS 401 Chewing on Sustainability: A Campus Farmers' Market Feasibility Report

Tor Lokken

Lauren Achtemichuk

Hilary Luchinski

Report

11:45 - 12:00 ENVS 401 Why Not US: Sustainable Renewable Energy

Valentina Chertez

Brittney St. Amant

Seamus Woodward-George

Devon Hunter

Report

12:00 - 12:15

ENVS 401 Brighten US Up - Solar Energy

Chelsea Hebert

Alana Closs

Dakota Borys

Report

12:15 - 12:30 ENVS 401 Money CAN Grow on Trees: Investing our Endowment Responsibly

Amie Vowles

Rebekah Esau

Bryce McCall

Vince Zhang

Alex Gresiuk

Report

Presentation

12:30 - 12:45

ENVS 401 Recycled Paper - Can You Spot the Difference?

Sarah Johnson

Amanda Schurman

Laura Soucy

Colton Allan

Shauna Juravinski

Trevor Nygren

Janessa Paetkau

Report

Pamphlet

12:45 - 1:00 ENVS 401 Dry Your Hands, Not the Floor

Ryan Jabs

Lukas Smith

Carolyn Murray

Tawni Wilson

Cierra Wallington

Report

1:00 - 1:15 ENVS 401 Engage with US Emile Perreault
1:15 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 2:20 PLAN 490 Place Riel Bus Mall Revitalization

Michael Sliva

Jill Doepker

Rozan El-Salem

Report

Presentation

2:20 - 2:40 PLAN 490 Surface Runoff on Campus: Public Perceptions and Strategies

Lindsay Sthamann

Haven Rees

Kianna Mofazzali

James Hnatowich

2:40 - 3:00 PLAN 490 Sustainable Food Production on Campus: Perceptions, Values and Ideas for the Future

Courtney Wiens

Adriana Atcheson

Vanessa Wellsch

Krista Nokonechny

Report

3:00 - 3:30 BLE 495 Design of a Manure Utilization System for the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility Alanna Howell Report

Course

Project Title

# Groups/
Students

COMM 499

Sustainability as a Buzzword: the Implications of Undergraduate Perceptions of the Term

1/ 1

ME 495

An Efficient Design Option for an Existing Building Refrigeration System

1/ 1

CE 295

Bicycle Infrastructure Plan for the University of Saskatchewan

2/ 8

CE 295

Potable Water Reduction Strategy for the University of Saskatchewan

2/ 8

ENVE 495

Evaluating and Designing Options for Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan

1/ 3

ENVE 495

GHG Emission Reductions for the Rayner Dairy Barn

1/ 4

CE 295

Permeable Surfacing Options for U of S Parking Lots

3/ 12

CE 295

LEED Compliant Roofing Technologies Appropriate to Non-Flat Roofs

2/ 8

Nutr 430

Survey of Student Knowledge and Attitudes about Local Food

1/ 2

Nutr 430

Plastic Food Containers – Are they Safe?

1/ 1

ENVS 401

Got Gas? Greenhouse Gas Reductions in the U of S Agricultural Systems

1/ 4

ENVS 401

From Food Waste to Fertilizer: Composting at Marquis Hall

1/ 1

ENVS 401

Switch with US: Transitioning to Recycled Paper Across Campus

1/ 4

ENVS 401

Where is Our Money Going?  Sustainability Investing at the U of S

1/ 4

ENVS 401

Sustainable Education at the University of Saskatchewan

1/ 2

ENVS 401

Native Plants and Sustainable Landscape Management on Campus

1/ 5

ENVS 401

Don’t Turn US On and Leave

1/ 3

ENVS 401

iRecycle my eWaste

1/ 1

Year

Course

Project Title

# Groups/
Students

2005

CE 295

University Transit Terminal Design Project

4/ 16

2005

CE 295

Integrated Storm Water and Waste Water Management

2/ 8

2006

CE 295

Investigation into the Sustainable Rejuvenation of Kirk Hall

2/ 7

2008

CE 295

Sustainable Transportation System on the University of Saskatchewan Campus

2/ 8

2008

CE 295

Storm Water Management on the University of Saskatchewan Campus

2/ 8

2008

ME 495

Non Potable Water Source for Campus Irrigation

1/ 3

2008

ME 495

Energy Efficient Refrigeration Design for Marquis Hall

1/ 3

2008

Econ 277

The Economics of Curbside Recycling Programs: How They Compare with Conventional Waste Management

1/ 1

2008

Phys 404

Solar Powered Laptop Recharge Station Design

1/ 2

2008

ABE 495

Waste Utilization Plan for the University of Saskatchewan

1/ 4

2009

ABE 495

University of Saskatchewan Wind Farm Feasibility Study

1/ 3

2009

CE 296

Safe and Sustainable Pedestrian Link

1/ 4

2010

CE 295

Design for Safe Pedestrian/Bike Traffic to Cross College Drive

3/ 12

2013

COMM 357

Student's Recycling Behaviour on Campus

1/ 2

2012

GEO 398

A Thirst for Energy (Embedded Energy in Bottled Water)

1/ 1