Past Opportunities


Project STOKE is a student initiative to enhance the sustainability of rural communities in Kenya through the provision of efficient biomass stoves. Working with the Calgary company Airterra, Mount Royal student Paisley Dressler traveled to Kenya in the summer of 2015 to assist in the implementation of the project. The Institute’s contribution covered the costs of buying materials to build the stoves. Local metal workers are trained on the construction, use and maintenance of the stoves. Follow Project Stoke on their website.
The annual Campus Transportation Challenge invited students to tackle four identified issues that affect the Mount Royal campus: waste, improving communication, transportation, and better use of space. The teams generated excellent ideas, many of which will be implemented to the betterment of the Mount Royal campus. The teams are awarded with cash prizes. 
Sustainable Green House System is an innovative project to explore the potential of using heat generated from composting to warm greenhouse soil. The intent is to implement the result in conjunction with the Mount Royal Community Garden. The Institute provided support to cover half of a full-time summer student position to conduct a feasibility project for this project. Mount Royal Environmental Science students Lucas King and Alicia Jackson undertook this project.
On March 23rd, 2016 Mount Royal University student researchers and local professionals engaged in a discussion about enacting environmental sustainability research into practice. We heard from three students – Jorden Dye (Business Administration), Alice Liboiron (General Science) and Sohail Shakeel (Accounting and Finance) – who have participated in diverse Institute for Environmental Sustainability research projects led by MRU faculty members on topics that span biodiversity and stakeholder engagement, policy implications of carbon tax and financial risks linked to natural disasters.Three industry experts asked questions and shared stories of their practice in environmental sustainability. We were pleased to welcome panelists Jessica Dillabough, Government Relations Advisor, Imperial Oil; Peter MacConnachie, Sustainability Issues Manager, Suncor Energy; and Leor Rotchild, Co-founder, DIG, & Consultant, Energy Futures Lab. 
The Institute partnered with Mount Royal student group LEAP (Leaders in Environmental Awareness and Protection) to host an Unconventionals 101 workshop in Hydraulic Fracturing. The workshop was offered to Mount Royal students and instructors in the winter of 2015. The workshop was delivered by the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) and served as an introductory 4-hour course on unconventional resources. All the 28 participants received a Certificate of Participation from the CSUR.
Along with support for the Talisman Energy Chair in Environmental Sustainability, Talisman Energy has also provided support for a new scholarship for Aboriginal students seeking science and technology degrees. The Talisman Energy Centennial Scholarship for academic excellence helps fulfill Mount Royal’s mandate to increase the Aboriginal student population to 7% on campus, in order to reflect and represent Alberta’s Aboriginal population.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 recipients of the Talisman Energy Centennial Scholarship. Click here for the list of past scholarship recipients. This program is now administered through Mount Royal’s Student Awards and Financial Aid Office. For application guidelines please visit their website.
Newalta provided generous funding to Mount Royal University to create the Newalta Undergraduate Scholarship program (formerly known as Newalta Undergraduate Research Assistantship program), designed to support student involvement in projects that advance knowledge in Environmental Science or Communications associated with Environmental Science. This program is now administered through Mount Royal’s Student Awards and Financial Aid Office.