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Provincial Government Pledges Support for Green Research at Trent
July 7, 2007

Slideshow ButtonThe Provincial government is helping to protect our environment by supporting two green research initiatives at Trent University with a recent pledge of over $2.5 million.

Under the direction of Dr. Chris Metcalfe, professor in the Environmental and Resource Studies program at Trent, $1.29 million will support the creation of the state-of-the-art Microenvironment Laboratory, which will use cutting-edge technology to develop more effective environmental management plans related to energy development, water protection, transportation and community health.

An additional $1.26 million will be designated to principal researcher Dr. Doug Evans to upgrade and expand the Worsfold Water Quality Centre at Trent University – the only facility of its kind in Canada, so that researchers can better identify threats to water resources and provide more sustainable environmental processes for industry and communities.

On behalf of Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty, Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten was on hand at Trent on Wednesday, July 11 to make the important announcement.

“These projects will help us better understand the effects that global warming, deforestation and urbanization have on our water, air and land,” said Minister Broten. “By enabling this kind of world-class research to be done right here in Ontario, we’re doing our part to promote new breakthroughs that will lead to a cleaner, greener and healthier province.”

In response to the funding support, Trent President and Vice-Chancellor Bonnie Patterson said: “These new funds strengthen Canada’s ability to better understand the impacts of chemical contaminants and climate change. Many Trent faculty and students will gain opportunities to significantly advance their environmental and life science research in new state-of-the-art facilities.”

Also on hand at the event were Peterborough M.P.P. Jeff Leal, Peterborough Mayor Paul Ayotte, County Warden Ron Gerow, and several Trent researchers.