The Clean Technologies Research Institute (CTRI)

The CTRI was established in June 2017 to advance clean technologies research at Dalhousie University.  We facilitate collaboration, promotion, and administration of clean tech research projects at Dalhousie University. Our current partner faculties are Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Architecture and Planning, and Management. 

Vision and objectives:

  • To build the international reputation of Dalhousie University as a leader in the development of clean technologies, especially in the areas of clean energy and storage; environmentally sustainable materials and clean manufacturing; sustainable civil infrastructure; and water management.
  • To provide the best training opportunities in Canada for undergraduate and graduate students in clean technologies research.
  • To stimulate economic development in Nova Scotia and Canada, through innovation, commercialization, and strategic research partnerships with the private, academic and government sectors.
  • To incubate and accelerate the adoption of new clean technologies for export orientated markets.


About clean technology

Clean technology is a broad term that refers to processes, products, or services that reduce waste and require as few non-renewable resources as possible, with the goal of reducing negative environmental impacts. Clean technologies includes a broad range of technologies related to renewable energy, recycling, additive manufacturing, green chemistry, greywater and more. 

Dalhousie University recognizes the importance of clean technology and has made it one the Dal's priority research areas [PDF - 165 kB].

"Clean tech is now a $1-trillion global game – and growing."

"The latest federal budget could prove to be a watershed moment for the clean-technology industry in Canada, and signals that the transition to a low-carbon economy remains a national priority."

Source:  "Federal budget sets new standard for Canadian clean tech", The Globe and Mail Report on Business, 3 April 2017.