Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station

Sustainability

The Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station was built with a vision for creating a research facility focused on sustainability. This includes not only environmental sustainability, but also long-term social and economic health.

We are committed to the principles of sustainability as outlined in the University of Alberta’s Sustainability Plan. Furthermore, we are committed to working within Alberta Parks’ intention to “preserve for all time the landscapes and features that represent the environmental diversity of our province” and operate within the principles of sustainability as outlined in the Provincial Parks Act.

Finally, we strive to become a leader in sustainable research and operation through the development of our own Sustainability Plan.

The research station has achieved gold status as part of the University of Alberta’s Green Spaces Certification program. As well, the research station is designated as a Model Green Lab by the Office of Sustainability for 2016-2019.

Waste Reduction

The research station has implemented an in-depth recycling system with everything from paper, cardboard, glass, metal, plastics, batteries, ink cartridges, and electronics being diverted from landfills.

Energy Reduction

Almost all of the appliances within the station are high-efficiency appliances and all of the lighting, including exterior lighting, is fluorescent or halogen.

Solar Panels

Installed solar panels on the Station’s south-facing roof surface, reducing energy consumption.  See the current data…

Electricity Storage

We have installed a Sonnen brand Lithium Iron Phosphate battery, the first of its kind in Canada, to store collected energy for time periods when the solar panels are not producing electricity.

Sustainability Research and Learning

Research and learning supported by AMLRS will incorporate aspects of sustainability within the context of Miquelon Lake Provincial Park and the surrounding area.

Stormwater collection

With outdoor rainwater collection bins, the consumption of potable water for irrigation and outdoor purposes can be reduced to almost 0%.

Compost

All organic waste produced within the Station can be diverted to an on-site compost bin.