Fleming College Water Champion Featured in National Publication

With his successful track record in applied research and innovative wastewater treatment technologies, it comes as no surprise to colleagues at Fleming that Dr. Brent Wootton, the College’s Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) Director and Senior Scientist, was named and featured under the People category in the January / February issue of Water’s Next 2012.

A distinguished committee of water experts, from varied disciplines across the country, selected Wootton for the publication’s showcase of the best and brightest of Canada’s water champions. The nationally featured article highlights Wootton’s success in obtaining millions of dollars in funding and his involvement in over 40 research projects. Wootton is recognized as a global citizen with the skills to make a difference in the world. He is also renowned for his commitment and significant contributions to the alternative wastewater industry. Wootton emphasizes that the foundation of his success is based on the knowledge, support and effort from a large group of people that include Fleming staff and students, research faculty members, and community and global partnerships.

To read the Water’s Next feature on Dr. Brent Wooton visit http://watersnext.com/2012/brent-wootton/

In the same issue, Murrenhil Corporation, one of CAWTs industry partners, was featured in the Innovations category. The product showcased a specialized laminate film called the Roc Barrier that signals a cost-effective shift in the way oil spills are managed. Murrenhil is currently collaborating with Wootton and his team at Fleming College’s CAWT to further advance the product. Fleming’s research with Murrenhill is funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), through the Applied Research and Commercialization initiative.

At Fleming College, the CAWT promotes innovative forms of water and wastewater treatment technology through applied research, education and demonstration projects.

About Brent Wootton – Senior Scientist

Brent Wootton has a Master’s degree in the ecology and management of wetlands from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Trent University. He previously taught part time in the Environmental Technology Program at Fleming College and in the Environmental and Resource Studies Program at Trent University. He has worked extensively with government, industry, and community groups on environmental projects. His research interests include the design and functioning of treatment wetlands and the application of alternative technologies in rural settings and in small communities. He is currently Senior Scientist for the CAWT and directs activities and applied research at the centre.

About Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment

The Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) at Fleming College is a dedicated research facility created by a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The CAWT specializes in applied research on alternative, innovative, and emerging wastewater treatment technologies with emphasis on cold and temperate climates and on low cost, high efficiency technologies including biological treatment systems, phytotechnology, and other environmentally sound technologies. The CAWT has undertaken projects around the world in partnership with many universities, governments, and private companies.

About Water’s Next

Water’s Next is an annual publication of Water Canada magazine, highlighting significant contributions to Canada’s waterscape. The magazine’s readers make nominations in the categories of People, Businesses, Projects, and Innovation. www.watersnext.ca

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For more information:

Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

 

Fleming College Board of Governors meeting

The Fleming College Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Scholfield Boardroom, Room 5920 at the Sutherland Campus of Fleming College, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough.

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services.

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For more information:
Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College and the ROM Partner to Launch Innovative Environmental Visual Communication Program

A Unique Graduate Certificate Program for an Emerging Environmental Career

 

Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have partnered to launch an unprecedented academic program.

Beginning May 2012, Fleming’s innovative Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) graduate certificate program, taught onsite at the ROM, is designed to bridge the gap between art and science, providing students with the knowledge and skills required to effectively communicate to an increasingly broad and diverse audience.

With a focus on strategic messaging and technical savvy, students will learn to use photography, videography, multimedia, and design principles to bridge environmental competencies with thoughtful communication. Students will study ways to identify strategies to inform and educate, garner engagement and support, and build and share campaigns to address conservation issues. The EVC certificate is a condensed six-month program.

Students and faculty of the program will be hosted by the ROM in downtown Toronto, offering opportunities to interact with world-class Museum research and education staff. Students will create valuable multimedia products and communication strategies that will support the ROM’s mandate to make sense of the changing natural world. Access to the ROM’s remarkable educational resources will provide Fleming students with a truly unique learning experience.

“Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Linda Skilton, Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fleming College. “We developed this opportunity to train students who are passionate about environmental preservation and who want to effectively engage people to foster change in the environmental and sustainability fields.”

“Museums are changing, they’re embracing the advance of the mobile world, and the ROM is at the leading edge of this,” said Dave Ireland, Managing Director of Biodiversity Programs at the ROM. “Partnering with Fleming on the EVC program makes good sense. We have outstanding global research and collections and Fleming has budding conservation communicators looking for content.”

“The use of strategic conservation communications to inspire environmental awareness and advocacy is the foundation of this remarkable program,” said Cristina Mittermeier, a conservation photographer and leading authority on shaping how environmental issues are communicated.

Fleming College is proud to welcome renowned and inspiring conservation photographer and educator Neil Ever Osborne as the EVC Program Developer. Neil is a contributing editor and photographer for Canadian Wildlife Magazine and has introduced conservation communication curriculum to universities across North America. Using conservation photography practices, Neil blends his backgrounds in science and photojournalism to bridge gaps between people whose conservation goals are best met through collaboration.

“As the environmental sector continues to experience strong growth, conservation communications will become paramount,” said Osborne. “The EVC program will provide students with a unique and highly marketable portfolio of skills that can be used as conservation tools.”

The conservation communication skills acquired in the EVC program are applicable not only to the environmental sector but are also valuable in a wide range of professions. Graduates of the program will find career opportunities that include environmental communications, science journals and publications, interpreter roles and multimedia production for environmental organizations.

“There is a new career path to be explored in Environmental Visual Communication and Fleming College has a taken a leadership position with this exciting and crucial academic opportunity,” said Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a Research Associate with the California Academy of Sciences in California, USA, and a conservation communications innovator.

 

For Environmental Visual Communications (EVC) Graduate Certificate program details, visit www.flemingcollege.ca/programs/environmental-visual-communication

 

About Fleming College

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer
Sir Sandford Fleming, the college offers more than 100 full-time programs in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 60,000 alumni.

 

About the Royal Ontario Museum

Located in Toronto, one of North America’s largest and most diverse and exciting urban centres, collections and research are the basis of the ROM’s international reputation. Canada’s preeminent museum of natural history and world cultures has six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science.

With its dual mandate of world culture and natural history, the ROM is a world leader in several research areas, from biodiversity, palaeontology and earth sciences to archaeology, ethnology and visual culture.

The ROM is also the largest field-research institution in Canada with research and conservation activities that span the globe. From fieldwork to onsite laboratory work the ROM is at the forefront of such international projects as the Barcode of Life, originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in culture and environment.

 

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For more information, media interviews or images,  please contact:

Heather Kerrigan, Marketing Consultant, Fleming College, 705-749-5530 hkerriga@flemingc.on.ca

Shelagh O’Donnell, Head of Communications, Royal Ontario Museum, 416-586-5858, shelagho@rom.on.ca

 

Students Partner with Abbey Gardens in Construction of Creative Exchange Mart

A Spring 2012 Project for Sustainable Building Design and Construction

 

Fleming College’s students in the Sustainable Building Design and Construction (SBDC) program will partner with Abbey Gardens Community Trust in the construction of a Creative Exchange Mart in Ontario. The Sustainable Building Design and Construction project, located in West Guilford, Ontario, will be used to sell goods produced by local growers, artisans and Haliburton Highland’s residents. Construction begins in April 2012.

“We are thrilled to partner with Abbey Gardens,’ stated SBDC Program Coordinator Pat Marcotte. “The goals and vision of Abbey Gardens make it an ideal location for our students to undertake their sustainable building project as part of their curriculum for the 2012 program.”

The Creative Exchange Mart will feature a safety certified kitchen for food artists to prepare their products, an area that will showcase the works of local artisans, quilters, weavers, spinners, authors and musicians and a green roof will be the home for a few goats to attract visitors from afar.

The Mart is the first substantial structure in the Abbey Gardens project that is under development in a largely depleted gravel pit.  In close collaboration with the Hewitt family of Hawk River Construction, the project is envisioned to include greenhouses, solar power generation, aquaculture, flower gardens, composting and an expansion of the existing vegetable gardens.  It is intended that the site would also offer environmental education opportunities and a venue for the performing arts.

“We are delighted to partner with Fleming College on this first construction project at the Abbey Gardens site” said John Patterson, founding President of Abbey Gardens Community Trust.  “To be able to collaborate in this way is totally consistent with the Gardens’ long term intent of working towards the sustainable development of our county and working in cooperation with other great contributors to the area’s future.”

Approximately 26 students from across Canada will participate in the design and construction of the sustainable building and learn about green building technologies and new energy-saving techniques.

“I am thrilled to be part of a fabulous vision that will start taking form this Spring,” said Chair of the Creative Exchange Mart Task Force, Paul MacInnes. “This is an exciting opportunity for Fleming students to gain experience with the design and complete construction of a sustainable project. I look forward to monitoring their progress and seeing the final results.”

The spring 2012 program will be coordinated by Pat Marcotte, owner of HavenCraft Homes, a sustainable building construction company since July 2000. Marcotte has been involved in five of Fleming’s SBDC program’s past projects.  He is a licensed journeyman carpenter, a licensed building designer and holds many related certificates and designations. Faculty will include a host of content experts who have real world experience in sustainable building projects.

Fleming is the first College in Canada to offer a Sustainable Building Design and Construction program. The 20-week program, based out of the Haliburton Campus, is an intensive, hands-on experience that puts students at the centre of the construction of a full-sized and cutting-edge sustainable building.

Established in 2005, students in the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program have successfully completed sustainable projects that include Haliburton’s 4Cs Food Bank and Thrift Shop (2005), R.D. Lawrence Place (2006), Madoc Performing Arts Centre (2008), Camp Kawartha Environment Centre (2009), and the Habitat for Humanity LEED Platinum Certified Home (2010).

The College is still accepting applications for the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program.

SBDC program graduates will have a range of career options, depending on their background. They may choose employment with sustainable building or conventional construction companies in Ontario, across Canada and internationally; self-employment as a builder or designer of sustainable homes or as a specialist in a particular field; work in product or service development related to sustainable building; or, work with renewable energy, heating, cooling and ventilation companies, indoor air quality specialists, professional designers, water and waste treatment or ecological renovations companies.

ABBEY GARDENS

Abbey Gardens Community Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to assist our community in a collective effort to reduce its carbon footprint and to foster community-based action research projects designed to increase long term ecological and cultural sustainability.

FLEMING COLLEGE

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 60,000 alumni.

 

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For more information:
Paula Walton, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or paulaw@flemingc.on.ca
Janine Papadopoulos, Project Manager, 705-754-0888 or abbeygardens.pm@gmail.com