Institutional Reporting & Achievement Records
University of Saskatchewan Integrated Planning
SENSSA Fulbright Ecoblitz
On June 26 and 27, 2013, a group of students and faculty from the University of Saskatchewan, along with volunteers from the City of Saskatoon and Meewasin Valley Authority, set out to collect ecological data from the Northeast Swale in Saskatoon. The event, called the Ecoblitz, was led by SENSSA, the School of Environment and Sustainability Students’ Association.
Such data collection is critical to understand how sites function and for more fully understanding the consequences if development in the Northeast Swale is proposed. Long‐term monitoring of ecological resources is typically not prioritized in many urban environmental areas. The Ecoblitz documented areas of priority and concern and allows for understanding of present site resources, habitat for highly diverse avian communities, rare plant and invasive species ranges, wetland aquatic insect communities and measures of water quality. By compiling a data set beyond the basic species inventory of the Northeast Swale, we hope to actively assist organizations such as the Meewasin Valley Authority in the creation of management plans for future conservation of such key natural areas in the City of Saskatoon.
Shifting Sands: Shaping Sustainability in Northwestern Saskatchewan
Report on a public outreach workshop
September 23-25, 2009
Residents of Saskatchewan have a golden opportunity to consider whether and how to plan for the sustainability of the province's northwestern region in the face of rapid environmental, economic, and social changes brought on by present and proposed resource development, including the possibility of largescale oil sands extraction. Saskatchewan's neighbour to the west, Alberta, has gained impressive wealth due to its oil sands developments, but the province has also experienced some undesirable environmental and social changes. Because oil sands development in Saskatchewan has not yet proceeded to full production, residents still have time to plan ahead.
SENS would like to acknowledge and thank the primary sponsor of this event, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); the participants who came from near and far to provide thoughtful ideas and debate; and the many people and organizations who provided technical, logistical and financial support for the workshop.