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Trent University has been a leader in environmental teaching and research since its inception in 1964.

Cleantech Commons will be a point of convergence for academic and industry partners that are driving advancements in cleantech, wastewater treatment, agri-food, contaminant analysis & biomaterials.

 Cleantech

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 conducting 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. One of 8 RCEs in all of Canada.


 Water Technology

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

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

In addition to the strong connections to Trent University, 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.


 Agri-Food

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

As of 2011, there were over 1000 farms operating in the region – with farms 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.


 Biomaterials

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 the most comprehensive mass spectrometry facility in Canada.

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, and involve partners from both the business and the academic community.