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Northern Ontario Circular Economy Symposium: Water Protection and Sustainability

January 26, 2021 | Dr. John Gunn

On January 19, 2021 speakers from Canada and abroad came together to speak about current and future opportunities of a circular economy in Northern Ontario. A circular economy refers to a system that reduces waste by reusing material in the creation of new products.

Dr. John Gunn, who works at Laurentian University and is the Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems, discusses the transformation of the City of Greater Sudbury. In his presentation he discusses several possible avenues for a circular economy:

  • Dr. John Gunn, who works at Laurentian University and is the Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems, discusses the transformation of the City of Greater Sudbury. In his presentation he discusses several possible avenues for a circular economy:
  • Converting abandoned mining pits into places where solar farms can be established. The land could also be used for growing biofuel crops.
  • Creating a cross-laminated timber facility similar to the one in St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • Encourage the growth of an engineered microbial industry that can utilize leftover nickel and the like in tailings. In fact, there are efforts being done that are finding very promising pharmaceuticals in the algae and other life forms that can survive in these extreme environments and that might be very soon released as cancer drugs.

 

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