Supporting Critical Clean Growth Conversations and Collaboration

Posted July 15, 2020

Clean growth R&D and how it can contribute to our province's objective of sustainable prosperity was on the agenda in June, as university researchers and leaders and provincial and federal government representatives came together for a virtual workshop. 

Clean growth entails transitioning to stronger economic outcomes with a smaller negative environmental impact or more sustainable use of resources. The Clean Growth Workshop was designed to support innovation and economic opportunities initiatives in alignment with Nova Scotia’s new Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA). The SDGA sets ambitious new goals to fight climate change and will continue advancing Nova Scotia’s economic, social, and environmental wellbeing. OERA developed and facilitated the workshop on behalf of the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM).

During this online event, representatives from each of Nova Scotia's primary research-oriented academic institutions shared details of work currently underway and discussed opportunities for collaboration and evolution moving forward. Leaders from NSDEM, Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) shared details of their clean growth strategies and initiatives. Together, the workshop participants agreed to continued collaboration and exploration of next steps and new opportunities.