McGuinty Government Supporting Green Research At The University Of Western Ontario



    Part Of McGuinty Government's Initiatives For A Greener,
    Healthier Ontario

    LONDON, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is helping to protect
Ontario's environment by supporting a leading-edge green research project at
the University of Western Ontario, Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten
announced on behalf of Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton
McGuinty today.
    "By enabling this kind of world-class research to be done right here in
Ontario, the McGuinty government is investing in new environmental
breakthroughs that will lead to a cleaner, greener and healthier province,"
said Broten.
    The government is providing $6.7 million to support research at the new
green energy building. The project, led by Dr. Hugo De Lasa, will create
improved industrial materials and processes that reduce pollution and protect
our natural resources.
    "This facility will be a showcase for environmental research at Western
that enables leading research and provides unique learning opportunities for
students," said Ted Hewitt, vice-president of research and international
relations at The University of Western Ontario. "Initiatives like this enhance
the university's - and the province's - capacity to address issues related to
climate change, environmental reform and health that affect us all."
    The investment is part of the Ontario Research Fund's Research
Infrastructure program. The program helps researchers obtain the tools they
need to stay on the cutting-edge of innovation, such as lab space, equipment
and computer software.
    The Ontario Research Fund promotes scientific excellence by supporting
research that can be developed into innovative goods and services that will
boost Ontario's economy.
    "We are on the side of Ontarians who want a prosperous economy and a
clean environment," said Premier McGuinty. "This project is helping Ontario
become a leader in environmental protection and driving the new
knowledge-based economy that is based on creative, forward-thinking ideas,
leading-edge research and new technologies. We're making Ontario the place
where our homegrown ideas become the high-value jobs of the future."
    All Ontarians have a role to play in making our province greener. The
government has already taken action by protecting a greenbelt that stretches
across southern Ontario from development, introducing tough new laws that
protect our drinking water, producing more renewable energy and doing more to
conserve electricity. But we know more needs to be done. That's why our next
step will be the announcement of a climate change plan - a step that will help
all Ontarians do their part to make our province cleaner and greener while
keeping the economy strong.
    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

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                           www.ontario.ca/premier
                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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           ONTARIO RESEARCH FUND - RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
    

    The McGuinty government helps researchers obtain the tools they need to
stay on the forefront of innovation, including lab space, equipment and
computer software through the Research Infrastructure program of the Ontario
Research Fund. This round of funding under the program will provide $6,782,389
to support a green technology project at The University of Western Ontario.
The funding will leverage investments from eight industry and other partners.

    Green Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Technologies

    Green technologies get a new home
    Lead researcher: Dr. Hugo De Lasa
    Total project cost: $18,036,200
    Provincial funding: $6,782,389

    Research to discover and advance green technologies and alternative
energy sources will reach a new milestone with the construction of a Green
Technologies and Green Energy Building at The University of Western Ontario.
The facility will bring together the expertise of three Canadian universities
- the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia and
Université Laval - to develop new green products, such as biofuels and
biomaterials, as well as advancing innovative technologies and processes.
Under the direction of Dr. Hugo de Lasa, the project will enhance air and
water quality and create sustainable agriculture and commercial spin-offs,
improving quality of life for Canadians.
    Major industry and other partners: Agilent, Plasmionique, Scientific,
SRC, University of Windsor, British Columbia Knowledge Fund, University of
British Columbia, Government of Quebec.

    Ontario Research Fund
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    The McGuinty government is investing $527 million over five years through
the Ontario Research Fund. The fund is a key part of the government's plan to
promote scientific excellence by supporting research that can be developed
into innovative goods and services that will boost Ontario's economy. The fund
also helps researchers move new ideas from Ontario's labs to the global
marketplace.
    The fund provides one window for research funding. Proposals for funding
are evaluated through a competitive, peer-review process.
    The province matches funding commitments made by the Canada Foundation
for Innovation through the Research Infrastructure program. Project funding is
shared among the Canada Foundation for Innovation (up to 40 per cent), the
province (up to 40 per cent), and the research institutions and industry
partners (at least 20 per cent).
    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    Disponible en français

    
                           www.ontario.ca/premier
                          www.ontario.ca/innovation
    





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