Our Story

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has been the organization working on environmental issues in the province for the past 50 years.

Read about all of our incredible work over the last 50 years in our 50 year (1996-2019) and first 25 year (1970-1995) publications! 

Map of SES’s work in Saskatchewan

SES began life in 1970 as a totally volunteer-run, local Saskatoon organization – this at a time when there was no such thing as a provincial Ministry of Environment; no Environment Canada.

Our initial focus was protection of the Saskatoon riverbank from commercial development. The dedication of those early SES volunteers wishing to protect our riparian areas and the water ecosystem, ultimately resulted in the creation of the Meewasin Valley Authority. As the need to address broader environmental issues soon became obvious, the Saskatoon Environmental Society became the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, with a province-wide mandate.

Over the past many years, SES has grown into a charity with members all over the province and beyond, and has been able to hire a small part-time staff to work with our volunteers on a wide range of issues including sustainable agriculture and forestry, renewable energy generation, protection of our water sources, and preservation of important wild spaces and habitat

Our mission & style of working

Our mandate is to work towards a world in which all needs can be met in sustainable ways.

For the past 50 years, the SES has been building a sustainable future by doing research, providing sought after insight, developing programs, and providing rational solutions. SES has established a reputation for sound science, good management, civility, and an ability to work collaboratively.

A lot of our work towards building a sustainable future has been in helping to evaluate environmental policy on a wide variety of issues such as climate solutions, forestry, and pesticides, and in varied scope from helping engage citizens in climate-friendly practices to contributing comments and expertise to Canadian environmental law development and changes. 

In addition to building a sustainable future, SES has also helped people live sustainable lives in our programs to help citizens reduce toxins and conserve precious resources such as energy and water in their homes, gardens, businesses, institutions, and organizations. Again our work is varied and diverse. We work with students to develop campaigns in their schools to use less water and conserve energy, and we brought 100% solar-powered electric vehicles to a public car-share program in Saskatoon—Canada’s first. Our “Stuff I Can Do” resource helps people to adopt climate-friendly behaviours at home and at work. 

Our day-to-day operating funds come from our members and donors with some support from foundations and our fee-for-service programs. We do not receive any core funding from government.

We respectfully acknowledge that our work in Saskatchewan spans Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and our office is located in Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional land of Cree peoples and homeland of the Métis Nation.