Canada's Environment Minister Visits Mohawk
The Hon. Catherine McKenna tours The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation
The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, visited Mohawk College's Fennell campus today for a quick tour of The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, Canada's largest and Hamilton's first zero carbon institutional building. President Ron McKerlie led the tour, giving the Minister an overview of the building's zero carbon features and highlighting other projects Mohawk is working on to reduce its carbon footprint on campus and in our community.
The Joyce Centre is gaining a lot of attention in Canada's building industry. It has won five awards recognizing its status as one of the first and largest zero carbon buildings in Canada. It also recently received Zero Carbon Building - Design Certification from the Canada Green Building Council.
Joining the Minister for the visit were Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and The Hon. Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors.
The Canadian Government supported the construction of The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation with a $20 million contribution from the government's Postsecondary Institution's Strategic Investment Fund. The fund was established to enhance, modernize and improve the environmental sustainability of college and university campuses across Canada. The $20 million contribution is the largest federal infrastructure investment in Mohawk’s history.
The Joyce Centre will officially open this September. For more information on on the centre visit www.netzeromohawk.ca.
Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.