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The St. Lawrence College (SLC) Sustainable Building Skills Studies measured the impact of collaborative projects between St. Lawrence College Students and industry partners. These projects provided students with valuable hands-on experiential learning opportunities that also supported our industry partners in lowering their operational costs and carbon footprint.

The five featured projects below involved students, faculty and staff of St. Lawrence College from the Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) program, the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Center (SEARC) and the Enactus SLC team. These projects combined curriculum integration, student research employees, and volunteers across a wide variety of disciplines.

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What is the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC)?

SEARC logoSEARC’s mission is to provide applied research services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the renewable energy industry within Eastern Ontario. The research centre leverages the resources of St. Lawrence College faculty, staff, students and equipment to assist SMEs with new product development, product improvement, prototype development, field testing, process improvement and commercialization of new products.

Over the long term, SEARC aims to increase the economic development of the Eastern Ontario region and create new quality jobs based on know-how and technological innovation. This will be achieved by increasing the capacity of St. Lawrence College to transform the results of research and development (R&D) into economic activities easier and faster.

What is the Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) Program?

The three-year ESET program at St. Lawrence College prepares students with both the theoretical and practical experience needed to work in exciting new careers in the renewable energy field and more.

The specialized laboratory facilities at St. Lawrence College provide the necessary resources for additional studies in HVAC, HVAC controls, and energy management helping students apply their energy systems knowledge to commercial and residential building applications including energy auditing and conservation initiatives.

What is Enactus SLC?

Enactus SLC is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial actionEnactus to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. As part of an international organization, projects are led by student volunteers. Enactus SLC strives to make a positive difference in the lives of people inside and outside of our local community. The team is composed of 25-45 students from a variety of programs offered at St. Lawrence College and always welcomes new members.