RCE Saskatchewan Education for 
Sustainable Development Recognition Event

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2020 Virtual Event


Originally planned to be held at the First Nations University of Canada Regina Campus, the 2020 RCE Saskatchewan's Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event was instead held as a virtual event in light of the COVID-10 Pandemic.  A video of the Event will soon be posted. Award recipients were:

2019 EECOM Action on Climate Change through Education Conference, SaskOutdoors, Sustainability Education Research Institute (USask), Can. Network for Environmental Education & Communication

Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area Inc. 2020 Green Vision, Friends of Saskatoon Afforestation Inc.

Agroclimate Impact Report (AIR); a Citizen Science InitiativeNational Agroclimate Information Service, Agri-Food Canada

Campus Waste Bin & Recycling Program, Faculty of Science, University of Regina

Design of a Conceptual Water Distribution System for the Village of Meath Park, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina

Creation of EnviroCollective, EnviroCollective (Regina)

Low Carbon Stories of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Studies NetworkLuther College at the University of Regina

Reclamation of Storm Water from the University of Regina Campus for Irrigation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina

Recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) as Composite Structural Material, Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, Sask. Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Master Naturalist Program, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

Earth Rangers: Stand Up for the Little GuyEarth Rangers, Nature Saskatchewan, SaskEnergy

Stewards of Saskatchewan: Engaging Rural Landowners and Managers in Prairie Species at Risk Conservation, Nature Saskatchewan

Triple Bottom Line, City of Saskatoon

UN Sustainable Development Goals StaircaseLuther College Student Association

USask Graduation Powwow Waste Reduction Initiative, USask Aboriginal Students’ Centre, USask Office of Sustainability

The Lyle Benko Future Generations Award for education for sustainability achievement within the K-12 system or that supports the K - 12 system was awarded to Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms for Elementary Classes, First Nations University of Canada.  The award was created and named in memory of RCE Saskatchewan’s co-coordinator and founding member, Lyle Benko.


The project supports Sustainable Development Goals #4 "Quality Education" and #10 "Reduced Inequalities."  The use of Cree equivalences of mathematical terms in mathematic classes helps Cree-speaking students to ease the understanding of mathematical concepts and can support the indigenization of the Mathematics curriculum.

Congratulations to Arzu Sardarli and his team for this innovative project.

2019 Event at Candle Lake


With the theme Sustainable Partnerships: Nurturing the Next Generation of Land Stewards, last year’s event took place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre on the shores of Candle Lake. Saskatchewan's only boreal field station, the Centre is a partnership of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.  The event recognized the achievements of individuals, organizations and groups that are making our province more sustainable. 

The event also featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair at York University on Re-orienting Education for Sustainable Development. He encouraged local sustainability leaders to see the importance of their efforts.

Click here for the videos of the ceremony and keynote presentation.

Click here for the event's program.

A Blanket of Warmth For Our Nation's HomesIndustrial Systems Engineering Capstone Students from the University of Regina
Conceptual Hotel Based Greywater Reclamation SystemDr. Stephanie Young, Rebekah Vasylyyeva, Shara Khan and Farhima Rahman, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, U of R
Faculty of Science and Calling Lakes Ecomuseum at Treaty 4 Gathering 2018The Faculty of Science, University of Regina, Calling Lakes Ecomuseum Institute of Environmental Change & Society, Treaty 4 Gathering
GIS-Based Cemetery Records ManagementSaskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert CampusRyan Galbraith, MSc, GISP
Green Pursuit - Home Energy Saving GameSaskatchewan Environmental Society and READ Saskatoon
Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research CentreSaskatchewan Polytechnic and Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
Have a Plan to Recycle,  Civic Museum of Regina and Winston Knoll Collegiate Music Program
Leading Sustainability Education Practice (LSEP), Samantha Gunn- Educational Consultant for The Brightwater Science, Environmental, and Indigenous Learning Center, and Education for Sustainable Development
Man of the Trees. Richard St. Barbe Baker, the First Global Conservationist (Book), Paul Hanley
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Studies Network (NVSSN), Luther College at the University of Regina
North Saskatchewan River Lake Sturgeon Community Engagement Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic in association with Husky Energy/NSERC
Plant Health Care Model and Miller’s Garden ProjectHeather Faris and Miller High School Students, Regina
Reclamation of Amine-Rich Wastewater from Carbon Capture and Storage SystemsDr. Stephanie Young, Joeffry Domingo and Matthew Palmarin, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, U of R
Reclamation of Greywater from Recreation Centers for Sustainable Water ConsumptionDr. Stephanie Young, Jason Domingo, Patrick Huynh and Thomas Ricafort, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, U of R 
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Eco-CarSaskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Youth Visual Art Project-Celebration of Art, Faith and Spirituality, Multi-Faith Saskatchewan Inc
Online Energy Efficiency Assessment Tool for Business, SaskPower
Retail Discount Program In-Store Education, SaskPower
Songwriting for Nature, Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Stantec Regina's Office Organic Waste Diversion ProgramNathan Bruce and the Stantec Organic Waste Team
Stewards for the LandPrince Albert Model Forest Association Inc.
The Northeast Swale Educational Program - Stewardship and Biodiversity MonitoringMeewasin Valley Authority 
The Right Colour Blue children’s bookThe Three Birds, Jonathan Yee, Kevin Chow and Jamie Mason
University of Saskatchewan EcoHackUndergraduate Environmental Programs Office, University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan John Mitchell Building Solar ArrayGet Lit with US: Solar Panels on Campus (USask)
UR Reusable Mug CampaignUR Sustainability
Utilizing Landfill Waste Heat as a Heat Source for a City of Regina FacilityKelvin Ng, Nicole Cripps, Brady Eurich and Brett Thomas, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, U of R
White Butte Ecomuseum Ecology Heritage ProjectTown of White City


The 2019 Lyle Benko Future Generations Award was granted to Regina Huda School for its 5A Recycling program. This special award is delivered to a project led by a K-12 teacher/educator/student for their outstanding contributions to Education for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan. The award was created and named in memory of RCE Saskatchewan’s co-coordinator and founding member, Lyle Benko.


The students of Michelle Sandomirsky's class were not able to attend the event at Hannin Creek, but joined the event via video link.  Kevin Hudson of APEGS, one of the event's sponsors, travelled to Regina to join the class to share the awards with them.

Highlights of the 2018 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event

Click here to view a copy of the 2018 print program.

Click here to view a pdf copy of the Awards powerpoint presentation.

2018 RCE Recognition Recipients

*some recipients have provided links to their web-sites where you can contact them directly for more information on their project


The Lyle Benko Future Generations Award was given to the Macdonald School Outdoor Experiential Education Program and the Indian Head High School Tipi Camp 2018 who both received recognition for outstanding contributions in the K-12 education system.  The Lyle Benko Future Generations Award was created by RCE Saskatchewan in grateful recognition of Lyle Benko, who passed away in February of 2016.  Lyle was a founding co-coordinator of the RCE and was an inspiration to so many in the area of education.  He was extremely passionate about leaving next generations a more sustainable future.


Highlights of the 2017 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event

Click here to view a copy of the 2017 print program.

Click here to view a copy of the Awards PowerPoint presentation.


2017 RCE Recognition Recipients
*some recipients have provided links to their web-site where you can contact them directly for more information on their project


A facilitated group discussion was held for all attendees as a conclusion to the day. The summary of ideas and knowledge shared is available here.


Highlights of the 2016 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event

2016 RCE Recognition Recipients

*some recipients have provided links to their web-site where you can contact them directly for more information on their project


Highlights of the 2015 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event

Experience the 2015 event by viewing the PowerPoint presentation summarizing recipient projects and the print program.

2015 RCE Recognition Recipients

  • SaskPower’s Energy Efficient In-store Lighting Education
  • Bike to Work Day Saskatoon
  • Bridge City Bicycle Co-op (BCBC)
  • Campion College Engaged Learning Program
  • Canadian High-Resolution Climate Change Projections for Impact Assessment
  • Cleaning with Liquid Ozone Pilot Project

  • Davidson Awesome Volunteers Club
  • Ecomuseums: a community-RSM-university collaboration (application attached)
  • Environmental Science 20 Curriculum Model
  • Heritage Forest
  • Passive House Project
  • Permaculture Fruit Tree Guild Demonstration
  • Permaculture Saskatchewan Permablitz
  • Saskatchewan Environmental Society Boreal Water Monitoring Education Program
  • Saskatchewan Environmental Society Teacher Resources in Environmental Education
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic-University of Saskatchewan Educational Resources Donations
  • Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative
  • Saskatoon Cycles Bike Valet
  • Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch
  • Sustainability Education Research Institute’s Digital Media Mobile Laboratory
  • Team Torch River Forest
  • Undergraduate Certificate of Proficiency in Sustainability
  • University of Saskatchewan Sustainability Living Lab
  • University of Saskatchewan Work Green
  • Voluntary Sector Studies Network


2014 RCE Recognition Recipients

  • Annual Solar Tour
  • Cancer Prevention Initiatives
  • Carbon Capture and the Environment
  • Civic Discourse at Prairie Sky School - A Pilot with Community Cafe
  • Design Regina: Developing Regina's Official Community Plan
  • Grade 5 Energy Leaders
  • Green Drinks Regina
  • Lumsden High School Grounds Renaturalization Project
  • Nature City Festival
  • Of Land & Living Skies: A Community Journal on Place, Land & Learning
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
  • Prairie Passages Tours
  • Prairie Spruce Commons Cohousing
  • RE-Art: Recycled Art Exhibit & Competition
  • Regina Catholic Schools Oil Recycling Project
  • Regina Community Food Assessment
  • Ruby Garden/Outdoor Classroom
  • SaskPower's Energy Conservation & Efficiency Education Program
  • SIAST Architectural Technology Building Efficiency with Check-It Systems
  • Smarter Science Better Buildings
  • Student Action for a Sustainable Future
  • Sustainability Action & Awareness Month
  • Sustainability Education Research Institute
  • Virtual Youth Conference of the UNU RCEs: A Regional Perspective on Water & Sustainability
  • Wascana Junior Naturalist Program


To view a video of the 2014 event held at Government House in Regina, Saskatchewan, click here.


2013 RCE Recognition Recipients

  • Campion College Relamp Project
  • FNUC -Northern Campus Footprints 
  • Fort a la Corne Employment Development
  • Craik Sustainable Living Project -"Fun Just Begun"
  • Historical Sculptures along the Louis Riel Trail
  • Public Pastures Public Interest Group
  • Rainbow Organic UPIK
  • Regina Catholic Schools Oil Recycling Project
  • SaskAdapt
  • Sharing Productive Capital SoftwareDevelopment
  • Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative
  • Davidson School Social Justice Arts Class
  • Steve RudyFruit Production
  • U of R Alternative Transportation Initiative
  • World Environment Day
  • Riverstone Studios-Straw/Light Clay Workshop
  • Aylsham Fruit and Vegetable Co.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Sipanik Territory
  • Twin Lakes Community Planning Association
  • Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership

2012 RCE Recognition Award Recipients
  • Brightwater Science and Environment Centre
  • Allen Sapp Healing Garden
  • Design Regina -City of Regina
  • Fruit for Thought
  • Go! Science Outreach -Saskatchewan Science Centre
  • Green Sustainable Housing Forum-SIAST/Environment Advisory Committee for the City of Moose Jaw
  • YARA -Grow Regina Community Garden
  • President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability -University of Regina
  • Peacock Learning Garden10.Print Optimization Project-University of Regina
  • Regina's Edible Campus-Institut français and the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)
  • Reintroduction of the black-footed ferret into the Canadian wilderness-Prairie Learning Centre
  • Eco Body Care -Riverstone Studios
  • School of Environment and Sustainability - University of Saskatchewan
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Launch at SIAST
  • Professional Development Programs-Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA)
  • Oil Recycling Day-St. Catherine School
  • Sustainability Commitment Working Group and the Office of Sustainability -University of Saskatchewan
  • Sustainability Learning Community -University of Saskatchewan
  • Sustainable Management of Buried Infrastructure in Regina-University of Regina
  • The Science of Sustainability -College of Agriculture and Biosciences -University of Saskatchewan
  • Trails in Memory of Ed Spratt -Three Rivers Trail Association


2011 RCE Recognition Award Recipients
  • VerEco Home WDM Exhibit
  • Safe Drinking Water Foundation - Operation Water Biology
  • Saskatoon's Green Energy Park ESD Project
  • Hunger in Moose Jaw - Yara Community Garden Special Projects
  • SIAST ESET E-Bike and Solar Alternative 
  • Global Students Helping Students 2009/2010/2011
  • EECOM 2011 Conference
  • Town Planning Day 2010
  • SIAST Architectural Technologies Program - Regina 2050
  • St. Catherine Community School - Oil Recycling Day
  • Craik Community Composting and Waste Minimization Project
  • Craik Sustainable Living Project Health Committee Walking Program
  • Designated Sacred Space Project
  • Praxis International Institute Summer Environmental Camp
  • Saskatoon Public School Division - Ecoquest
  • Lumsden High School Community Compost
  • Alternative Energy Forum and Fair


2009 RCE Recognition Recipients

  • Craik 4H Sustainability Club
  • FNUC Health and Science Camp
  • Food Secure Saskatchewan Growing a Food Secure Future in Saskatchewan
  • Meewasin Riverfront at River Landing
  • Friends of Wascana Marsh - Wings over Wascana School Day 2009
  • Craik Sustainable Living Project Resource and Library Collection
  • APEGS Building Your Future K-12 Poster Series Project
  • Evan Harday Collegiate - Bioresource Management 20
  • Craik Sustainable Living Project Solar Fair
  • SIAST 100 Mile House 
  • School of Wellness Community Health Challenge
  • Aden Bowman Collegiate - Earthkeepers
  • Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Video Series
  • FNUC Influence of Cultural Water Quality on Waterborne Disease
  • Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society, Building Sustainable Communities and Sustaining and Bridging Cultures
  • Native Plant Society - Native Prairie Appreciation Initiative
  • SaskPower - From Our Treehouse to You


2008 RCE Recognition Recipients

  • Beyond-human-nature-spirit boundaries
  • Earth Day Film Festival
  • Faculty of Education Moving from Awareness to Action
  • Green Life Learning to Live with the World
  • KAIROS Re-energize Time for a Carbon Sabbath
  • Native Prairie Area at FNUC
  • Nature Regina Birding for Beginners
  • Re-Energineering Education for Sustainability
  • SIAST Green Group Initiative
  • SaskEnergy Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project
  • SaskPower Shand Greenhouse Energy and Our Environment Program
  • Sask ESD Network Application
  • Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Food Miles Campaign
  • Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association
  • University of Saskatchewan Social and Ecological Justice Together
  • Wings over Wascana Nature Festival
  • Yara Community Gardens Green Pavilions Project
  • Youth Forum