In mid-March 2003 the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence announced that construction will begin this year on two new research facilities that will augment existing partner facilities. The first is a $4.4-million solid waste facility and the second is a $4-million facility for wastewater treatment technologies (at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant). Both are funded through the Infrastructure Canada-Alberta Program.
The centre aims to advance research and technology and share waste management knowledge that will improve the sustainability of urban areas throughout the world. Several research projects focused on composting and advanced technology to improve wastewater effluent are already underway.
Partners in the venture include: the City of Edmonton, the University of Alberta, the Alberta Research Council, AMEC, Olds College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
The recently appointed board of directors includes: Gary Kachanoski, vice president of Research for University of Alberta; Dick Peter, vice president of Integrated Resource Management for the Alberta Research Council; Al Maurer, city manager for the City of Edmonton; Rick Tofani, CEO of Olds College Centre for Innovation; Shirley Holloway, vice president of Academic and Student Services for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; and, Wit Siemieniuk, vice president of Sustainable Development for AMEC.
For further information, contact Dr. Jerry Leonard at 780-496-6872