Municipal services – previously provided to the entrance of Cleantech Commons on Trent University’s East Bank – are now being extended into the research and innovation park.
This phase includes removing the first 4”- 6” of topsoil from the work area and stockpiling it for re-use later.
(This is done so that the organic material contained in the first 4″ – 6” does not get mixed in with the subgrade material and the organic material can be re-used for vegetation and growth. The topsoil has a better growth rate for re-vegetation. After construction is complete, this material will then be re-distributed on the disturbed areas and seeded for stabilization of the site.)
Also being worked on is the installation of the sanitary sewer at Pioneer Rd.
Once servicing is complete, Cleantech Commons will be ready to accept tenants, turning the vision of creating Canada’s premier clean, green and low-carbon technology research and innovation park into reality. (Please review Tenant Criteria for Cleantech Commons here!)
Cleantech Commons at Trent University
Cleantech Commons will play host to a cluster of growth companies and spin-out & startup ventures in the fields of clean technology, water technology, environmental services, advanced material sciences, biotechnology and agri-food and agri-business.
The businesses and research facilities located at Cleantech Commons are being designed to advance energy, environmental and climate innovations with both 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 commercialize clean and green processes and products.
Tenants at the park will work with Trent’s researchers, students and facilities including the Trent School of the Environment, Water Quality Centre, Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research, and the Inorganic Materials Research Laboratory.
Offering experiential learning for students, creating spaces for incubation and acceleration of student research, and providing commercialization support will all be a key focus for Cleantech Commons.
Cleantech Commons at Trent University will be the 26th University-integrated research park in Canada. Recent research conducted by the Association of University Research Parks found that for every job created in a park, an additional 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 Region Conservation Authority on aspects such as natural heritage, groundwater conditions, tree preservation, stormwater management, species at risk and other environmental considerations. (A full list of studies is available to view at the City of Peterborough’s project site.)
As Cleantech Commons is located adjacent to the Nassau Wetland Complex, Otonabee Conservation directed and reviewed environmental studies to determine the appropriate setbacks required to protect these important natural systems on the Trent campus.
Otonabee Conservation will monitor environmental controls at the research park, while Trent has engaged an independent environmental consultant to monitor the adjacent wetland to ensure its continuing health.
In the past few months, comprehensive 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 Cleantech Commons includes sustainable design elements such as low-impact development standards for stormwater management.
Tenants will also be required to commit to sustainable site design, green building principles, and environmentally friendly operations.
What You Will See Happening at Cleantech Commons
The City of Peterborough will update its website as the project proceeds to explain what is happening at the park.