The recipients of the 2011 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards were honoured on April 5 by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh.
The recipients were recognized at an awards reception at the Legislative Building and the University of Manitoba was recognized in the category of “Innovation and Research for Sustainability”.
The Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project examines how cattail plants capture and store nutrients, how harvesting the plants can reduce nutrients entering Lake Winnipeg and how the plants can be harvested for use as a low-carbon fuel source. The project is a collaborative effort by University of Manitoba graduate student Richard Grosshans, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
The Province also announced their annual Sustainable Development Scholarships, which assist students in Manitoba who are engaged in post-secondary studies and research that embrace the spirit and principles of sustainable development.
Megan Klassen-Wiebe, University of Manitoba, and undergraduate student in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science received one of the two scholarships.