Living Lab

Combining Study, Research, and Innovation

The University of Saskatchewan Sustainability Living Lab uses the campus and the surrounding 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.

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 Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF) may fund some projects that bring forward actionable solutions that meet the SRF criteria.

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Sustainability Living Lab Schedules and Projects

TimeCourseProjectPresenters
April 3rd
12:30 - 12:40 Opening Remarks
12:40 - 1:00 Mandatory Waste Reduction and Recycling Subjects in K-12, Saskatchewan - An Efficient Approach to Raise More Awareness Towards Waste and Recycling in Saskatoon? Juliane Schultz
1:00 - 1:20 The Impact of Environmental Degradation on Rural Nigerian Women

Shemi Adeoye

1:20 - 1:40 Waterfowl Nesting Structures in Saskatchewan

Mitch Harris

1:40 - 2:00 Dam Resilient: The Persistence of Beaver Through the Flood of 2013

Amanda Ronnquist

2:00 - 2:30

Break

2:30 - 3:00

RRM 421 A Relationship with the Land: Assessing Land Management Practices for Mistawasis Nêhiyak

Sarah Kent

Cree Longjohn

Eric Meyers

Jesse Milton

Daniel Topp

Keana Trudel

3:00 - 3:30 RRM 421 Recommendations for Saskatchewan's Community Wildfire Risk Assessment Project

Makayla Lupien

Chris Thorne

Josh Myhr

Anna Jacobson

Triann Littlepine

Ian Hnatowich

3:30 - 4:00 RRM 421 SHARING THE LAND: Environmental Impacts of Off-Leash Dogs at Chief Whitecap Park

Jessie Best

Megan Hamilton

Mandie Jenson

Carson Jorgensen

Trevor Looman

Brittany Neumeier

Maria Sonntag

4:00 - 4:30 Opimihaw Creek Riparian Management Plan

Tyler Casavant

Brendan Duret

Elise Nelson

4:30 End of Day #1
April 4th
8:45

Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:30 COMM 448 Sustainable Transportation Plan

Nicole Good

Nick Donauer

9:30 - 10:00 COMM 448 Sustainability Marketing Plan

Tori Lloyd

Mikaela Spooner

10:00 - 10:30 NUTR 330/430 Recommendations for a U of S Sustainable Dining Policy

Xinyu Shen

Jessica Braun

10:30 - 11:00 COMM 448 Assessing the Electric Vehicle Potential for the U of S

Etienne Hagenbuch

Zachary Warnock

11:00 - 11:30

ART 341/441 ART*Cycled: Upcycled Public Art
11:30 - 11:45

SENS M.SEM

M.SEM Project Poster: Assessing Sustainability Culture at the U of S Lynette Manual
11:45 - 12:00 SENS M.SEM M.SEM Project Poster: Supporting the Design of a Crowdsourcing Platform for Citizen Science Lin Li
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 ENVE 482 Characterizing the University's Waste Stream

Nolan Hunter

2:00 - 2:30 NUTR 330/430 Assessing the Social Benefits of the McEown Park Community Garden

Brooke Motowylo

Melissa Vollmer

2:30 - 3:00 ENVS 401 Charge Yourself with PEP: Pedaling Electric Power

Andrea Alejandra Saldes Cortes

3:00 - 3:30 USSU Sustainability Committee Funded Projects

3:30 End of Day #2
April 5th
9:30 - 9:40

Opening Remarks

9:40 - 10:00 ENVS 401 The Lawnscape Redemption: Enhancing Our Urban Greenspaces with Native Species

Owain Berry

Ian Hnatowich

Triann Littlepine

Chris Thorne

Layton Willick

10:00 - 10:40 ENVS 401 Two Eyes to the Night Sky

Alex Acton

Sehjal Bhargava

Jacqueline Gelineau

Bretton Hutt

Selena Komarevich

Ke Yuan

10:40 - 10:50

Break

10:50 - 11:10 ENVS 401 PEP (Pedaling Electric Power)

Andrea Alejandra Saldes Cortes 

11:10 - 11:30 ENVS 401

BAM: Borrow A Mug

Amanda Horvath

Athena Wu

11:30 - 11:50 ENVS 401 Hot or Not: Assessing Heat Loss on Campus

Kyla Beaudry

Meaghan Dierker

Carson Jorgensen

Dayle Meyers

Keana Trudel

11:50 - 1:00 Break
1:00 - 1:20 ENVS 401 Fish-N-Greens: Sustainable Means "Closing the Loop on Sustainable Food"

Jason Cook-Studer

Anja Eliasson

Ashgan Abdelaziz

1:20 - 1:40 ENVS 401 Talk Trash with US: Centralized Composting in AgBio

Sarah Kent

Trevor Looman

Kyra Mazer

Brittany Neumeier

1:40 - 2:00 ENVS 401

Bee a Bee-liever: Let's Get Kirk Hall Buzzin'

Caitlyn Anhorn

Sarah Halpenny-Mason

Josh Lange

Kelsey Smid

Jacklyn Waronek

2:00 - 2:20 ENVS 401 Freedom Fridge: Stick That In Your Fridge And Eat It

Zach Rychlo

Daniel Topp

Anna Jacobson

Josh Myrh

Jesse Milton

2:20 - 2:40 ENVS 401 PLANning Sustainably: An Investigation Into the Certificate of Sustainability/Transforming the University of Saskatchewan's Current Transit Terminal

Ethan Guthro

Jessica Russell

2:40 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:20 ENVS 401 Here Comes the Sun...

Mandie Jenson

Meagan Hamilton

Maria Sonntag

Landon Balon

Shuo Li

Diane Dai

Alishia Beach

Victoria Thicke-Rattray

3:20 - 4:00 ENVS 401 Incoming Solar Information

Anthony Baron

Levi Freistadt

Justin ritco

Emily Rogal

Siyu Ruan

Trent Siemens

Cody Slonski

Shucheng Wu

Tianyu Yang

Femi Yusuf

4:00 - 4:20 ENVS 401

The World Revolves Around US

Cassidy Daskalchuk

Jessica griffeth

Kenna Skoglund

Ashlee Tomalty

4:20 - 4:40 ENVS 401

Bright Ideas Powered by the Sun

Colby Dennis

Makayla Lupien

Reanna Berg

Sara Copeland

Wyatt Moore

4:40 - 5:00 ENVS 401 Ain't Going Down Till the Sun Comes Up

Zach Person

5:00 Wrap Up and Clean Up
5:30 - 8:00 Our Common Future Networking Reception and Keynote Address by City Councillor Sarina Gersher
TimeCourseProjectPresenters
Wednesday March 29th
9:00 - 9:30 ART 341/441 ART*Cycled Presentation
9:30 - 10:10 ART*Cycled Viewing in the Main Foyer of DCC
10:10 - 10:40 NUTR 430 Host a Freight Train Locally

Alexa McEwen

Laurel Goshawk

10:40 - 10:50 Break
10:50 - 11:20 NUTR 430 Community Orchard on Campus

Kelsey Seipp

Eline Berglof

11:20 - 11:30

Break
11:30 - 12:00 NUTR 430 Health and Sustainability Food Summit

Lauren Kapphan

Gina Guo

Amanda Geradts

12:00 - 12:40

Lunch

12:40 - 1:00

Biology Program Costs of Reproduction in Sable Island Horses and its Consequences to Inter Birth Intervals

Stephanie Witham

1:00 - 1:20 BIOL 398 Ecology of Marine Molluscs in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Meghan Hamp

1:20 - 1:40 BIOL 398 A Comparison of Arctic Benthic Communities in Soft and Hard Bottom Habitats

Ashley Beckett

1:40 - 2:00 BIOL 398 A Comparison Between Hard and Soft Bottom Benthic Invertebrates in an Arctic Bay

Michelle Brandt

2:00 - 2:20 BIOL 398 Comparison of the Macrofauna Communities of the Itirbilun, Tingin, and Inugsiun Fjords of Baffin Island

Carly Fehr

2:20 - 2:40 Environmental Science Program Dry Land Aquaculture

Sarah Halpenny-Mason

2:40 End of Day #1
Thursday, March 30th
9:00 - 9:20 ENVS 401 A Positive End for Dead Batteries

Beau Drieschner

Nicholas Fangou

Austin Liska

Jason Grose

Wenjie Chi

9:20 - 9:40 ENVS 401 PAC Showers

Keaton Nodwell

Michael Springinotic

Nicholas Kreutzwieser

9:40 - 10:00 ENVS 401 Let There Be Light: Windows to a Greener Campus

Seun Ajose-Adeogun

Jesse Reimer

10:00 - 10:20 ENVS 401 Astro Towing: Giving a Boost to Sustainability

Brent Roller

Dewei Jiang

Zi Yang

Sophia Qu

10:20 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 10:50 ENVS 401 Come Stay with US: Do We Have a Say in U of S Development?

Kendall Scott

Jeffrey Zalaski

Abigail Vandenameele

Samantha Rimke

10:50 - 11:10 ENVS 401 WATER You Doing About Sustainability?

Jennifer Nguyen

Brooke Anderson

Leah Dueck

Natasha Hirschfeld

Courtney Clarke

Megan Coverdale

11:10 - 11:30 ENVS 401 What's Your Angle? Spotlight on Sustainability at the U of S

Lauren Dyck

Cree Longjohn

Amanda Lindgren

Karlee Wilkinson

11:30 - 11:50 ENVS 401 Pack a Bowl with US: Sustainable Food Packaging

Auston Baron

Bronwen Plumer

Chelsea Coates

Douglas Dixon

11:50 - 12:10 Environmental Biology Program Project Penguin and Polar Protectors: Building Sustainability Between the Poles

Alana Krug-MacLeod

12:10 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:20 ENVS 401 The Buzz on Bees: Increasing Bee Awareness at the U of S

Teri Calver

Rozlin Holoboff

Jessica Slopek

Lindsey Rudd

1:20 - 1:40 ENVS 401 Let's Talk Dirty: How to clean Up Your Act with Vermicomposting

Katelyn Gaetz

Brooke Howatt

Shelby Kaczur

Corbyn Pankonin

Beckett Stark

Steven Cheyne

1:40 - 2:00 ENVS 401 Why So Salty? Just Beet It!

Logan McMahon

Fatima Babiker

Shanna Pospisil

2:00 - 2:20 ENVS 401

Renewable Rides: The Road to Campus CarShare

Jessie Best

Zachary Reddekopp

Braden Bessel

Jared Andreychuk

2:20 - 2:40 ENVS 401 Mopeds

Paul Harasyn

2:40 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:20 ENVS 401 Raindrop, Drop Top, All the Leaks Have to Stop!

Natasha Werbicki

Amber Ross

Ty Roberts

Erin Meyers

3:20 - 3:40 ENVS 401 Waste: Millenials Take on Consumption

Lukka Jasem

Taylor Hahn

Anqi Chen

Ashton Poier

3:40 - 4:00 ENVS 401

Bring Attention to Your Pension!

Jordana Knoblauch

Kara Leftley

Jake Glass

Russell Agnew

Connor Forsdick

4:00 - 4:30 ME 495 Building an All-Weather Bicycle Tire Pump

Nicholas Mikhail

Evan Corrigal

Jessie Talbot

Muhammad Wahhaj Javed

4:30 End of Day #2
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