In an opinion piece titled Universities are a critical piece of the climate change puzzle, University of Toronto President Meric Gertler highlights the work of the Climate Positive Energy initiative – a centre for multidisciplinary clean energy research.
“While the fight to prevent and mitigate the effects of our warming climate may seem unwinnable, Canada’s universities are playing a critical role in helping the country address the climate crisis and find solutions, “ Gertler writes.
The President underlines the integration of student learning and research in CPE and the interdisciplinary approach of the initiative. Through CPE, “experts in science, social science, engineering, economics and policy put their heads together to transform our energy systems. Some of the projects underway involve leveraging artificial intelligence to optimize energy efficiency in buildings, analyzing impacts of policies such as the carbon tax and exploring how bacteria can help consume or recycle waste.”
Read the op-ed in The Hill Times.