Environmental projects receive sustainability awards

April 17, 2019

An environmental management student and a Royal Roads soil testing project have received funding boosts from the Sustainability Action for the Environment (SAFE) Fund.

The SAFE Fund supports environmental education and action in areas including energy use, ecosystem restoration and recycling initiatives

Liam Murphy, a student in the Master of Science in Environment and Management program, was awarded $1,000 to support his thesis research on plastic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems with a specific focus on Calgary’s Bow River. Murphy plans to present his findings to the City of Calgary upon completion.

The Victoria Compost Education Centre received $2,000 to support the Healing City Soils project. The free soil testing initiative is a collaboration between the centre and Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program. The project analyzes urban soils for contaminants like heavy metals that can turn up in produce. The funding will support sampling of up to 110 household gardens from Metchosin to Sydney.

“With growing concerns over food security and food access, many people are turning to their own backyards and boulevards to grow food for their families,” says Marika Smith, soil ecologist and former executive director of the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre. “To establish a thriving and productive urban food garden, there is a need to know your soil before you grow your food.”

Learn more about the SAFE Fund.