Human Population is Increasing
Given that world’s human population is increasing at an unsustainable rate, the need for sustainable development is more critical than ever. This research excellence area will focus on developing technologies for construction using recycled and renewable materials. Examples of such materials include construction rubble, recycled asphalt pavement, shredded tires, plant fibres (e.g. flax, hemp, jute, coconut coir, etc). Another key focus area will be construction over marginal-quality land such closed municipal landfills and degrading permafrost.
Groundwater Remediation and Wastewater Treatment Technologies
Research into innovative groundwater remediation and wastewater treatment technologies, as well as, sustainable energy production including geothermal heating and waste-to- energy will also be undertaken. Lastly, post-mining rehabilitation of landscape (e.g. innovative cover systems, rapid consolidation of mine tailings, etc) will also be investigated.