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Applications now being accepted for SAFE Fund

October 3, 2019


For over a decade, Royals Roads' own SAFE (Sustainable Action for the Environment) Fund has been supporting environmental action projects led by staff, students, alumni and faculty, in areas that include energy use, ecosystems restorations and recycling.

Projects have included an educational sea turtle activity book for elementary students in Hawaii, a worm composting education system at the YMCA Academy in Toronto and nest boxes for Western Screech Owls in the Kootenays.

This year, Royal Roads' SAFE Fund provided two grants. One supported Master of Environment and Management student Liam Murphy as he gathered data for his thesis on plastic pollutants in Alberta’s Bow River. Now that the samples have been collected, Murphy is beginning his lab analysis results. He plans to use the findings to educate his community about the life cycle of plastic products and to share his findings with the City of Calgary.

Murphy says the $1,000 grant from the SAFE Fund provided a great boost. “I procured some chemicals and equipment for my analysis, and also equipment for collecting samples (home-made sieves for filter samples, quadrats, buckets, nitrile gloves, garbage bags, etc.). It also helped supplement some lost income as I had to take time away from work to collect my samples.”

Liam Murphy

In 2019, the SAFE Fund also contributed to what Victoria’s Compost Education Centre is calling the best year on record for their Healing City Soils Project. The program provides free contaminant soil testing for Greater Victoria residents who wish to grow food in their yards and also provides guidance on restoring a healthy soil balance. The program received so many requests for support in 2019 that they started a waitlist for 2020. Royal Roads' SAFE Fund provided $2,000 to support this work. The organization has a long history of collaboration with Royal Roads, providing a hands-on learning opportunity for students in Royal Roads’ Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program.

As the Compost Education Centre’s Alexis Hogan explains, “Royal Roads students, under the supervision of Professor Matt Dodd, sampled 94 sites across the CRD, with an investment in increasing the soil profile of the Westshore communities on our interactive, open-access web map. The Royal Roads student team ended their project with an outstanding final presentation, sharing many innovative thoughts on how to categorize the data sets they generated while delivering keen observations around dissemination of results to participants as well as thoughtful suggestions as to next steps for the development of student participation in Healing City Soils 2020”.


The call for applications for the next round of support from the SAFE Fund has launched and will be open until November 18, 2019. Applications are accepted from current students, staff, faculty, associate faculty and alumni. The fund will award up to $2,500 to go towards supporting a project.

Access the SAFE Fund application form.


To contribute to the SAFE Fund visit the Advancement website or reach out to Advancement Officer Andrea Boyes at 250-391-2561. Andrea can also provide you with the resources you need to calculate your own carbon footprint to campus!