An innovation center for environmental solutions will be established
Dear today Harjit S.SajjanMinister for International Development and Minister for Economic Development Pacific Canadaor PacifiCan, announced more than $ 1.9 million in funding from the Canadian government to support the creation of the Environmental Solutions Innovation Center at UNBC.
This new center will increase and accelerate the development and prototyping of new materials and new technologies. This will help address pressing environmental issues in northern British Columbia in areas such as water, mining, forestry and bioenergy.
The center will connect industries and communities that need sustainable and economically viable solutions with world-class research where solutions can be researched, developed and subsequently commercialized.
This funding will allow the university to acquire state-of-the-art analytical tools and employ the staff needed to implement a wider range of services. Local natural resource industries will benefit from greater support in the vicinity to improve the environmental performance of their operations.
Investing in clean technologies is a top priority for the Canadian government. PacifiCan is committed to advancing in the commercialization and adoption of clean technologies in order to increase the green advantage offered by the British Columbia economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts.
“Universities like UNBC are often the birthplace of new ideas, such as innovation, which unleash the power of clean technology. The Innovation Center for Environmental Solutions will strengthen the local ecosystem of clean technologies and help local businesses build a green competitive advantage. »
– Venerable Harjit S.SajjanMinister for International Development and Minister for Economic Development Pacific Canada
“Canada is committed to supporting the energy transformation needed to meet Canada’s climate goals by investing in clean energy technology projects that will reduce emissions and increase our competitiveness. This innovative center for environmental solutions will help us move closer to our carbon neutral goals. »
– Venerable Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of Natural Resources
“This investment in UNBC will not only help us meet the urgent needs of our region, but also develop local solutions that will have a global reach. Environmental sustainability is the foundation of our raison d’être as a Canadian green university; Supporting a variety of industries and stakeholders with sustainability solutions that strengthen our environmental leadership fits perfectly with our commitment to the communities they serve. I congratulate many of our partners and members of our university community who have worked together to implement this initiative. »
– Geoff PaynePh.D., President and Vice Chancellor, University of Northern British Columbia
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