The program, a cooperative effort between the City and the University of Alberta, started in 2015 with six projects. In 2018 there are 23 Sustainability Scholars: 17 being mentored by City of Edmonton staff, one by the University of Alberta, and five more projects being mentored by other organizations: Capital Region Housing, City of Spruce Grove, EPCOR and the Government of Alberta. All Scholars are paid to complete a designated project over 250 hours between May 1 and August 15, 2018.
In September, the call goes out for project submissions which are posted in December for students to apply on. This same cycle will start each fall, culminating in student presentations in mid-August the following year.
Overall, the City and the University are interested in creating opportunities for sharing information and ideas between students and professionals to advance sustainability goals; advance professional development opportunities, especially in the area of sustainability; inspire graduate students to apply their learning to real world challenges; develop relationships; and support the development and implementation of sustainability goals of the City, with a strong link to The Way We Green, and the University of Alberta's Sustainability Plan 2016-2020. View past research projects at University of Alberta.