Issue 20: March/April 2016
This publication is made possible, in part, with the support of the Research Support Fund.
Green commerce, green energy, green tech — these phrases dominate the political and economic landscape right now. We have reached a point as a country where our brightest future lies in the development of cross-disciplinary, eco-friendly solutions to our everyday problems.
We need to develop clean energy, reduce greenhouse gases, protect our most precious natural resource (water), and discover new ways to accommodate population growth without further encroaching on the Ontario Greenbelt, where we grow our food. From electric cars to energy storage, Ryerson has researchers who are up to the task. We are weaving green into every aspect of our lives, from how we grow our food to how we vacation.
Our researchers are not only championing green energy — they are also innovating on the technology front and establishing sustainable practices to further advance our green economy.
The creation of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Energy Storage Technology (NEST) network is facilitating a nation-wide initiative that will help store energy generated through green alternatives. Energy storage is vital for renewable energy sources, like sun and wind, to sustain the power grid throughout periods of decreased availability. Thanks to academic director of the Centre for Urban Energy, Bala Venkatesh, the storage of renewable energy will be vastly improved throughout the country.
Chemistry and Biology professor Bryan Koivisto is working on thin film photovoltaics, and his research has driven the creation of intense sun-like LED lights that use very little power. This innovation not only allows for testing of photovoltaics, but also has many potential applications from hothouse growing to light therapy for mood disorders.
Our Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater basin and one of our most precious resources. How we manage that resource on a shared border with our American neighbours is crucial moving forward. Politics and Public Administration professor Carolyn Johns is creating a cross-border network to examine how we can become better stewards of these lakes.
In order to protect greenspaces, we need to find land for the construction of housing and commercial spaces without further destroying farm land. That’s why director of the School of Urban Planning, Christopher De Sousa, is looking at ways to encourage brownfield development, shaping policy in a way that will make it more appealing to developers.
Corporations need to be accountable for all the stakeholders in the communities in which they operate. Environmental stewardship and working with non-governmental organizations is a key component of that accountability, as professor of Global Management studies Deborah de Lange explains in some of her recent work.
The future is now when it comes to green energy, and if we are not innovating, we will be left behind. At Ryerson, we continue to push the limits of what green can truly be.
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Monday, April 25, 2016 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Oakham Lounge, 55 Gould St.
Hear from Ryerson Faculty across various disciplines undertaking food related research and for an opportunity to network with other R&D professionals within the food-based landscape. Industry professionals who opt to present will provide a description of their company specific problem. Ryerson staff and representatives from funding agencies will be on hand to answer any questions.