Featured Students & Alumni

Meet some of the amazing undergrads, graduate students and recent alumni who have dedicated their studies to building a sustainable world.

If there is someone or a group you think deserves the spotlight, let us know! Email sustainability@ualberta.ca.


“They just make so much sense”: Getting on board for fuel cells.

Elizabeth Gierl is a fifth-year electrical engineering student who is passionate about green technology and the issues surrounding climate change.

Student’s ingenuity saves thousands of litres of water in chemistry labs

Campus Saint-Jean student Alex Schoeddert built a water recycling system that will save up to 7,200 litres of water each year in in his campus’ chemistry labs.

Sustainability bears fruit for ALES grad

For Nikki Way, setting up a campus farmers’ market in her first year was a taste of success that influenced the rest of her degree.

Nurses to the front! Maya Reshef Kalogirou confronts climate change in the E.R.

Maya Reshef Kalogirou is a registered nurse and University of Alberta PhD student who is paving the way for climate action in her profession. With her dissertation, she hopes to show that nurses have a big role to play in combating climate change. Her field work investigates Alberta nurses’ perceptions of climate change, and how the hospital setting impacts a nurse’s ability to practice environmental stewardship.

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The Climate Change Comedian

Former University of Alberta student, Mav Adecer first tried stand-up on his neighbours in International House (he bombed). Five years later, he is a flourishing comedian and a talented cartoonist. His show, Last Days on Krypton, debuted at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in August. It’s a unique act about climate anxiety that Mav wrote to bring a sense of community and humour to this rather dark subject.

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Sustainability Scholars

Spinning up electric buses

Flywheels could charge City of Edmonton electric buses faster, changing the way sustainable transit is powered in Canada and around the world.


How this graduate landed a dream job two months out of pharmacology

Stephanie Lunn landed a fantastic research specialist job at a leading Canadian medical cannabis licensed producer just two months after completing her PhD.

Student helps Stantec Tower rise above the crowd

Workers in Edmonton's Stantec Tower will benefit from health and wellness recommendations made by a University of Alberta chemical engineering graduate student Nirwair Singh Bajwa.


Breastfeeding moms need support at work and school

There’s a lack of supports for breastfeeding mothers at the University of Alberta and throughout Edmonton, according to nursing PhD student Shela Hirani. She did an assessment of the university’s breastfeeding facilities and policies, as part of Sustainability Scholars.


Financing a better future

Matthew Davis developed a green renovation program that would provide property owners funds to invest in upgrades for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas mitigation.

Are we throwing away more food than we think?

Amanda Evans spent last summer sorting ripe garbage as part of a waste audit and found that study participants produced an average of 5 kilograms of food waste a week—some as much as 19 kilograms.


Sustainable developments

Scott Boyce jumped at the opportunity to create a sustainability plan for the Edmonton Valley Zoo, knowing it would provide an interesting background for his master's thesis in conservation biology, and make contacts for his career.



Certificate in Sustainability

Measuring social sustainability in affordable housing

Certificate in Sustainability alumna Meryn Severson puts social sustainability into practice at Capital Region Housing.

Protecting Heritage in the face of Climate Change

Certificate in Sustainability alumna Vada Antonakis headed back to school to connect the dots between heritage buildings and climate resilience.


On the Front Lines of Urban Resilience

Certificate of Sustainability alumnus Ranon Soans is helping build stronger communities in Edmonton.