July 19, 2004

Seneca College is first educational partner in Canada's on-line brownfields network

Seneca College has joined aboutREMEDIATION (AR), Canada's premier on-line resource for brownfields redevelopment and site remediation, as its lead educational partner. By joining the AR network, Seneca's Centre for the Built Environment (CBE) becomes a partner in the important effort to align government, public and private stakeholders in supporting brownfield redevelopment strategies and sharing experiences and resources in this emerging area of environmental caretaking.

Seneca's CBE is an established educational leader in applied urban sustainability. Its programs focus on the growing impact of human activity on the environment, with particular emphasis on the built infrastructure. The Centre incorporates the Civil Engineering, Fire Protection and Building Systems Technology programs, and offers a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Integrated Environmental Site Remediation.

"This partnership marks an important step for both AR and Seneca College," said CBE chair Bill Humber. "While aboutREMEDIATION gains its first-ever educational partner, the College takes its place among - and gains a national resource network of - site remediation experts."

Graduates of the Centre's Urban Sustainability program - in which the economic performance of urban regions is aligned with environmental stewardship - emerge with a comprehensive understanding of ways to mitigate the environmental implications of their actions as skilled practitioners pursuing an organization's economic success.

The Bachelor of Applied Technology - Integrated Environmental Site Remediation, the first of its kind, addresses the need for people trained in scientific assessment, property evaluation and restoration strategies for returning contaminated sites to a useable state.

"Transforming Canada's brownfield sites into productive, healthy lands requires awareness and capacity building," said AR business manager Tammy Lomas-Jylha. "Programs like Seneca's Environmental Restoration Program enhance Canada's remediation industry by providing stakeholders and practitioners with the skills and training needed to tackle the issues of site remediation and redevelopment.

"We are pleased Seneca will be showcasing their program and career opportunities in the Education and Training Feature on aboutREMEDIATION as well as participating in the Canadian Brownfields Network," she added.

aboutREMEDIATION (AR) is operated by the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) in partnership with EcoLog Information Resources Group. AR collaborates with industry leaders who are dedicated to increasing public awareness and accelerating brownfields redevelopment and site remediation across Canada (www.aboutREMEDIATION.com).

More information is available from Laura Mandell at Seneca College, 416/491-5050, ext 2352.

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