Carleton University has well-established strengths in the sustainable energy field on both the engineering and policy sides. In engineering, research is ongoing in a wide variety of sustainable energy related areas. Carleton is recognized as one of the top five engineering schools in Canada. In September 2008, the Faculty of Engineering and Design launched an innovative undergraduate (BEng) program in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, the first of its kind in Canada. In parallel, faculty members in the School of Public Policy and Administration have been active in sustainable energy research, The School has an excellent national and international reputation, and is the oldest such school in Canada.
In September 2008 Carleton launched the Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC) to expand the University’s engagement with this critically important area.
- develop the capacity for world-class research into sustainable energy;
- extend the training of a new generation of students and professionals with a profound understanding of the scientific, technical and social dimensions of energy issues;
- contribute to the design and deployment of energy solutions that advance economic and social development locally, nationally and globally;
- enhance public understanding and dialogue, and improve societal decision-making for sustainable energy.