USask college students hack their strategy to a sustainable future for the Metropolis of Saskatoon – Information
The City of Saskatoon partnered with USask at the event and provided the theme so that students can build on existing work in the field, including incorporating social, economic and environmental outcomes into decision-making; Efforts to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and to conserve water; and longer-term municipal green space and traffic planning.
“Participating in EcoHack is one of the many ways the city and USask are working together on sustainability, and we’re excited to hear the new perspective, expertise and innovative ideas powered by this immersive learning experience. This type of partnership is critical to moving climate forward and helping Saskatoon be an inclusive, safe, resilient, healthy and sustainable place, ”said Jeanna South, director of sustainability for the City of Saskatoon.
“EcoHack is an opportunity for our students to combine their passion for sustainability with creative problem solving,” said Dr. Nancy Turner, USask director of teaching and learning improvement. “It’s fantastic to see them develop sustainability-related skills and lead by example. They are an inspiration for others to make their own unique contribution to solving sustainability problems. “
The shortlist of three of seven projects, which were voted on by a jury over the weekend, can be voted on by the public from Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 19th.
You can access the videos and the poll here: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/ecohack2021
The three videos for public voting are:
Celer – Avoiding Food Waste: Celer is an app that guides users to grocery stores with discounted goods that are nearing the end of their shelf life. The aim is to reduce the amount of unsold, discarded goods while making affordable food more accessible.
Rubble diversion: A strategy for diverting construction, renovation and demolition waste by requiring a recycling plan as a requirement for building permits in the city of Saskatoon. This policy in combination with the introduction of a diversion deposit program lays the foundation for a possible ban on building rubble in landfills.
SaskGreen Hub: To increase awareness and accessibility of programs that improve the safety and sustainability of housing for middle and low income households, SaskGreen Hub connects residents with available programs and resources. The Hub House is a demonstration site; a typical home remodeled with programs for Saskatoon residents to demonstrate the value and impact of those programs.
The winning team will receive a grand prize of $ 1,000. The runner-up and third place finishers will each receive $ 500.