Servicing Work Resumes at Cleantech Commons
Municipal services that were extended to the entrance of the property on Trent’s East Bank are now being extended into the site itself. When this phase is complete, the site will be ready to accept tenants, turning the vision of Canada's premier green technology, employment and innovation destination into reality.
Cleantech Commons at Trent University
Cleantech Commons is poised to become Canada’s premier green technology research and innovation site hosting a cluster of companies and start-up enterprises in the fields of clean technology, water, environmental services, advanced material sciences, biotechnology and agri-food and agri-business. The businesses and research facilities at the park will advance environmental innovations with national and global impact through efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, promote renewable resources, contribute to a low carbon economy, reduce waste, develop new environmental remediation approaches and commercialization of clean or green processes and products.
Tenants in the park will work with Trent’s researchers, students and facilities including the Trent School of the Environment, Water Quality Centre, Biomaterials Research Centre, and Inorganic Materials Research Laboratory. Providing experiential learning for students, and creating spaces for incubation and acceleration of student research will be a key focus for the development of the park.
Cleantech Commons will be the 26th University-integrated research park in Canada. Recent research conducted by the Association for University Research Parks found that for every job created in the park, 1.34 jobs were created in the community.
In preparation for the internal servicing, the City of Peterborough worked with and gained approvals from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Otonabee Conservation on aspects such as natural heritage, ground water conditions, tree preservation, stormwater management, species at risk and other environmental considerations. (A full list of studies is available at the City of Peterborough’s project site.) As the site is adjacent to the Nassau Wetland Complex, Otonabee Conservation directed and reviewed environmental studies to determine the appropriate setback to protect these important natural systems on our campus. Otonabee Conservation will monitor environmental controls on the site, and Trent has engaged an independent environmental consultant to monitor the adjacent wetland to ensure its continuing health. In the past few months, environmental protection features such as erosion and sediment controls, to prevent sediment from washing off-site and into ditches, streams, watercourses or storm sewers, have been installed.
The master plan for the site includes sustainable design elements such as low-impact development standards for storm water management. Tenants will be required to commit to sustainable site design, green building principles, and environmentally friendly operations.
What You Will See Happening on the Site
The City of Peterborough will update their website as the project proceeds to explain what is happening on the site.