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Trent University – a leader in environmental education and research since 1964.

Cleantech Commons™ supports collaboration between academic and industry partners that are driving advancements in cleantech, wastewater treatment, agri-food, contaminant analysis and bio-materials.

See: “Research at Trent University.”

Through Trent’s partnership with Cleantech Commons, the university continues to build on its reputation as a world-leading environmental university, having been named #3 in Canada, and among the top 100 most sustainable university campuses worldwide, in the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.

See: Trent listed as the third most sustainable university in Canada

The rankings also positioned Trent as #2 in Canada, and 17th worldwide, in the waste category, as well as #3 in Canada and 70th overall in the education and research category. As one of Canada’s top post-secondary environmental institutions, Trent offers a large number of sustainability- and environment-focused courses and programs.


Trent University has one of the largest Environmental & Life Sciences graduate programs in Canada, with over 175 grad students per year – a huge source of market-ready graduates for full-time work or students looking for co-op programs and undergraduate student internships.

More than 70 faculty conduct research related to the environment and bio-sciences.

Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton has been designated as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University as endorsed by UNESCO – just one of 8 RCEs in all of Canada!

 Water Technology

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to innovative minds & startups that are changing the way that communities across Canada and throughout the world think about wastewater management. At Cleantech Commons you will be in good company to problem solve.

Additionally, Cleantech Commons is all about offering the infrastructure and support for innovative projects at every stage of development and involving partners from both the business and the academic community.

In addition to being co-located with Trent University’s Water Quality Centre, which offers analytical services and mass spectrometer training courses to researchers, government agencies and private companies, Cleantech Commons is located in close proximity to the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment at Fleming College – an internationally-recognized research institution, with a long list of companies supported as they take their innovations from discovery to commercialization.


With over 100,000 hectares of prime agricultural land and programming at Trent University and Fleming College that focuses on sustainable agriculture, food systems and culinary management, the region is well-poised to continue to lead the way into the future of agriculture.

As of 2011, there were over 1,000 farms operating in the region, growing everything from grain and oilseeds, to livestock, to fresh produce and everything in between, Cleantech Commons is the place to accelerate your agri-food business.


Cleantech Commons tenants will be able to tap into the wealth of research assets at Trent University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Fleming College – institutions that are home to highly-specialized expertise and infrastructure in water, contaminant analysis, agri-food and biomaterials.

The Water Quality Centre at Trent University is home to the most comprehensive mass spectrometry facility anywhere in Canada. Read “World-Class Mass Spectrometry Facility Draws Researchers from Across the Globe” for more information.

The Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research at Trent University is one of only a handful of laboratories of its kind in the world.

Additionally, Cleantech Commons offers the infrastructure and support for innovative projects at every stage of development, involving partners from both the business and the academic community.