2017 Anne Lindsay Protecting Our Earth Nominees
Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap (BTG) ensures that youth have the opportunity to experience, enjoy, and learn about our natural ecosystems and engage in culturally-relevant, science based environmental activities. BTG facilitates youth understanding of cultural world views for an urban, largely Indigenous population through fostering awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and humanity’s place therein. Students are given opportunities to engage in a variety of stewardship activities, including full-day field trips to local, natural areas, in-class activities and implementation of schoolyard or urban, inner-city gardens. All programs follow specific learning outcomes from the Manitoba Science Curriculum and integrate Indigenous cultural values.
Dr. Jon Gerrard
Dr. Jon Gerrard is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and has devoted the last fifty years of his life to environmental research and advocacy.
Dr. Gerrard has contributed to the following distinct environmental areas:
Research and advocacy related to Bald Eagles
Advocacy aimed at saving the Experimental Lakes Area
Action directed towards saving Lake Winnipeg
Efforts to get orphaned mine sites cleaned up
Climate Change advocacy; and
The promotion of environmental industries
Over the past two decades, he has been one of the leading environmental voices in our Legislature.
Dr. Gordon Goldsborough
Dr. Gordon Goldsborough is a water quality specialist concerned with the impacts of humans on lakes and wetlands. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he has worked as a research scientist for the Manitoba Department of Environment (now Manitoba Water Stewardship), conducting an environmental assessment of the forestry use of herbicides on the ecology of boreal forest ponds. From 1986 to 1989, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Botany (now Department of Biological Sciences) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He then accepted a faculty position in the Department of Botany (now Department of Biology) at Brandon University, where he stayed until 1996 when he was hired as the first faculty member affiliated with the Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Goldsborough is also involved in the Manitoba heritage community, being a Past-President of the Manitoba Historical Society and its Webmaster and an Editor of Manitoba History journal.
Michael Lee is the project leader responsible for the delivery of a mass market retail-based energy efficiency initiative, the Power Smart Residential LED Lighting program. Combined with the program’s achievements since 2014, program participation will be more than 116,000 residential dwellings (over 1.4 million LED bulbs) resulting in 50 GW.h and 14.6 MW of electric savings by the end of 2016/17.
Michael has a singular focus on reducing green house gas emissions through residential energy retrofits and has to date reduced 44,805 tonnes of green house gas emissions which is the equivalent of taking 8,994 cars permanently off of the road. This is his special contribution to protecting the environment.
Dave has been a driving force in Winnipeg’s environmental scene by leading the bio-organic composting program at The Forks as part of its “Zero-Target” initiative that pledges to achieve zero garbage, zero waste water and zero carbon emissions.
By maintaining cradle-to-cradle principles, the model that Dave and the Forks has devised is very sustainable and transferable to many other contexts, climates and geographies. They have established a market for not only their inputs (organic waste material) and their outputs (high-grade compost), but even their fuel for transportation (used vegetable fuel from restaurants in the Forks Market). This type of model does not recognize a given item as waste, but rather looks for innovative ways to implement an otherwise unused item as a new input of production.
Prairie Climate Centre
The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) is a collaboration of the University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The PCC is located in the Richardson College for the Environment at the University of Winnipeg.
The PCC focuses on addressing the gap in providing latest-generation climate change science to members of the public, policy makers and local leaders. The Centre will provide up-to-date and high quality data, maps, and toolkits depicting expected climate changes for the three Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
Their goal is to ensure people have the necessary and most up-to-date information in order to motivate the public to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades.
The Wa Ni Ska Tan Hydro Alliance (WHA)
The Overall GOAL of the Wa Ni Ska Tan (Cree word for ‘Wake Up’) Hydro Research Alliance is to explore both the positive and negative implications of hydropower for nearby environments and Indigenous communities in Manitoba and other affected regions across Canada, and to further explore how and to what degree this Research Alliance might enable healing as well as meaningful and desirable social and environmental change.
The research conducted focuses on the implications of and community responses to hydropower, in particular to those which relate to cross-regional and cumulative impacts. In this respect, this Alliance emphases on hydropower projects across Manitoba, and similar projects located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Labrador. It provides also support, help and opportunities to those communities affected by hydro development. To aid cross-cultural sharing and support, this Alliance networks with Indigenous communities and Partners located in other provinces.