Wednesday: Sustainable Cities and Communities

How can we build resilient communities, powered renewably and with clean transportation? Find out with today’s panels and workshops.

Augustana Campus

8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.
SCORE Drop-off
Forum Building

We invite members of the community and students to bring items they would like to give away in preparation for the SCORE event happening on Thursday.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Chris Turner: Alberta’s Place in the Global Energy Transition 
Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

Drawing on 15 years of reporting on the challenge of climate change and the global wave of innovation that has emerged to solve it, Chris Turner will provide an overview of the emerging shift to a low-carbon economy worldwide and discuss the opportunities for Alberta to become a prosperous player in this transition.

This is event is organized by the Battle River Watershed Alliance.

11:45 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Local Lunch 
Augustana Dining Hall 

Over lunch on October 23, the Augustana dining hall will be serving a local lunch for the students on campus. The students will get an opportunity to enjoy a meal from locally produced products from Camrose, AB. Over the lunch period, LAB Program Assistants staff will also join the students to explain the proper way to dispose of their food.

North Campus

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Damian Collins: Coastal Cities and Climate Change 
ESB 327

With climate change, rising sea levels are complicating the human desire to live near the coast. This talk first looks at current challenges faced by coastal cities such as Venice and Miami Beach, and efforts to limit these through large-scale engineering projects. It then considers the much larger and more widespread challenges that can be expected in the future, based on various climate change predictions. Online mapping tools are used to visualize the impacts on sea level rise on coastal cities, and the people, places and infrastructure most at risk.

10:30 a.m. – NOON
Behind the scenes of the University of Alberta District Energy System 
Cooling Plant on campus

Have you ever wondered how 1.5 million square meters of building space on campus is heated and cooled through Edmonton’s hot summers and freezing winters? Did you know that there is a power plant right here on North Campus? Or that our district energy system reduces its carbon footprint with cogeneration, and by using natural gas instead of coal? Learn more on a guided tour of the University of Alberta’s district energy system! Additional info: The tour will begin in the District Energy System Interpretive Centre in the Cooling Plant on Campus, with a 5-minute intro video. Tour guides will then take participants through CPOC, the service corridors, and the adjacent Heating Plant. Our goals are for participants to understand (1) more about the university’s district energy on campus, and (2) the importance of community energy systems as a climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy since they create more locally distributed and secure energy systems, often with flexible fuel sources.

Additional Safety Information for this Tour.

IMPORTANT: This tour goes through a fully operational power plant and the following must be adhered to for safety and security reasons:

    • Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and full length pants to attend this tour. 
    • Other PPE (hardhat, protective goggles and hearing protection) will be provided by Utilities. 
    • Utilities reserves the right to deny access if a participant is not dressed appropriately to ensure safety.
    • Photographs and/or video recordings are not permitted during this tour.
NOON – 1:00 p.m.
EcoCar: Sustainable Transportation using Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles 
MEC 4-3 

This event will include a series of short presentations by members of the University of Alberta EcoCar team introducing the concept of hydrogen fuel cells, discussing what we do as a team (building a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that competes in an energy efficiency competition), and talking about the applications of hydrogen fuel cells within the infrastructure of a city.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
How to Reduce Your Food Waste
VVC 2-210 

The exponential growth in food waste is imposing serious threats to our society. Our goal is to address the issues that are emerging from food waste based on the EAT Lancet Report while providing healthy solutions and alternatives. Learn how to increase the longevity of your food while reducing waste. Discover ways to prevent produce from ending up landfills by utilizing imperfect fruits and vegetables to create nourishing meals and snacks. We will also discuss the benefits associated with composting while demonstrating how to develop a home-based compost system. Complimentary recipe booklets will be distributed.

1:00 p.m. –  2:30 p.m.
Careers in Sustainability  

ECHA L1-150 

Careers in Sustainability will provide audience members with an opportunity to hear from three speakers working in areas associated with the Pillars of Sustainability – Environmental, Social, and Economic sustainability. The speakers will share insights from their careers, and advice for how students can get involved in sustainability in their own careers through a moderated Q&A session, followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience and some informal networking to meet speakers one-on-one. Visit our website to learn more about the speakers:

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Solar Greenhouse Seminar 
ECHA 2-490

 The Solar Greenhouse proposal blossomed out of an unexpected partnership between student’s group, Renewable Energy Design (RED) and a startup company Exceed Solar, who initially aimed to bring a net-zero housing unit to campus. There are three main visions for the solar greenhouse:

  1. To provide students and staff with a Garden Sol Space for sustainable, year-round cultivation.
  2. To educate and motivate students on the innovative design that goes into this building.
  3. To serve as inspiration for net-zero research and development

The value of the Solar Greenhouse team lies in the diversity of its members, each coming from a distinct background and holding a unique role on campus. The idea was proposed to Energy Management and Sustainable Operations (EMSO), where all parties involved agreed that a diverse network of driven individuals was required to elevate the project from a single unit to a multidisciplinary complex – a truly unprecedented combination of perspectives on campus sustainability. To find out more, we highly encourage you to attend our Solar Greenhouse Seminar.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Engage Edmonton Documentary Screening: Global Food Security
ECHA L1-140

Engage Edmonton is a service-learning program for students who live in residence at the U of A. Each month we have a theme/social issue, which structures our programming. The theme for September is Sustainability, followed by Food Security in October. In October, we will volunteer at the Edmonton Food Bank and the Campus Food Bank, which both tackle food security at a local level. This documentary screening will introduce students to the issue of food security on a global level, and how this relates to environmental sustainability. Anyone can attend, and a donation to the campus food bank is encouraged.

6:00 p.m . –  8:30 p.m.
Plant Based Cooking Class with the Campus Food Bank 

Nipisiy House Multipurpose Room

Our cooking event will explore sustainable food options, specifically using fall vegetables, to create plant-based, low waste, meals and snacks. We will have compost bins at our event and will apply for the Green Event Certificate to ensure that our event is as sustainable as possible. Participants will also be encouraged to bring reusable containers to take leftovers home.There will also be a community-building aspect to this event, as everyone will cook and eat together at communal tables. If the opportunity arises, we would love to extend a warm welcoming to other SAW participants to join us eating. The patio off the kitchen in the Nipisiy House has a lovely patio creating an inviting atmosphere for guests beyond just the workshop participants.