The University of Toronto (U of T) Scarborough and Centennial College, Ont., have teamed up to establish the EaRTH (Environmental and Related Technologies Hub) District in Toronto, an initiative aimed at advancing the clean tech sector through research, academic programming, and commercialization.
The partnership plans include the development of Canada’s first net-zero vertical farm and living lab that will apply innovative technologies to food production in an urban setting. The farm will create training and research opportunities in several fields, including waste management, clean energy, sustainable building design, water conservation, and urban agriculture.
U of T Scarborough and Centennial College signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) earlier this year and have undergone an extensive consultation process for the vertical farm. The facility’s design is being done in such a way that industry can test and commercialize clean technologies.