Mohawk College - 2018-2019 Sustainability Report

Academics & Applied Research

Mohawk offers students in every discipline the opportunity to integrate sustainability into their studies through coursework, applied research and experiential learning programs. Many students work on sustainability-focused applied research projects as part of their capstone courses, co-ops and part-time jobs.

IDEAWORKS, Mohawk's applied research hub, supports innovative research that provides expertise and support to companies to develop solutions that improve efficiency and resilience.

Key Initiatives

  • Energy and Power Innovation Centre

  • Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre

  • Establishment of IDEAWORKS Research Chair in Sustainability

  • Establishment of NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Launch of Climate Change Management for Business, a free micro-course available to all students

100%
of academic departments offer sustainability courses

78%
of research-producing departments engaged in sustainability research

15
industry applied research projects with a sustainability focus through IDEAWORKS

340+
students participated in sustainability-focused capstone projects in 2018/2019

Validating the Effectiveness of an Energy-Efficient LED Light

Research Area

Energy and Power Innovation Centre

Funder

Ontario Centres of Excellence

LED lighting is a standard feature in Canadian buildings due to their energy efficiency and lower operating costs. However, as LEDs are DC devices, energy is still lost when AC power from the grid is used to power the lights. Burlington-based iLLUMA-Drive developed an innovative low voltage smart control system (CENSE) that can reduce the energy that is lost during the AC/ DC power conversion.

iLLUMA-Drive asked Mohawk College’s Energy and Power Innovation Centre to conduct the validation and testing of their system. The project results confirmed that powering LEDs using the CENSE unit provided lower losses and higher light quality than conventional LEDs.

Spotlight OnUsing the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a modern smart farm

Research Area

Sensor Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Lab

Funder

NSERC

Smart farming is key for the future of agriculture, as it provides the agricultural industry with the infrastructure to leverage advanced technology—including big data, the cloud and the internet of things (IoT)—for tracking, monitoring, automating and analyzing operations.

As champions of sustainable agriculture, Schuyler Farms Limited in Simcoe, ON invest heavily in a number of environmentally friendly, sustainable farming operations, such as strip tilling and rotational grazing.

The owners of the farm were interested in exploring if technology could make their farm more sustainable, by preventing the spread of fungal disease in their apples and reducing crop waste and pesticide usage.

The research team at Mohawk College’s Sensor Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) lab developed a software system that could be used in conjunction with a number of small, localized weather stations at the farm.

These weather stations are able to monitor the moisture levels on the leaves of the apple, calculating the risk of a fungal infection and alerting the farm where and when localized spraying is necessary.

The collaboration with Mohawk College has helped Schuyler Farms Limited improve the quality of their apples, reduce food waste, and lower their maintenance and monitoring costs.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses, and at learning hubs across Hamilton.

Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada's greenest employers for six years in a row, and is also home to the country's largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.

Land Acknowledgment

Mohawk College derives its name from the Mohawk Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Confederacy marks a union of peace and friendship, and Mohawk College honours that union by recognizing the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We acknowledge that the territories on which Mohawk College and its campuses are situated are governed by the Between the Lakes Treaty, the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement, and the Upper Canada Treaty Agreement. These agreements are binding to this day and represent our mutual commitment to maintain healthy, reciprocal and respectful relationships with the many Indigenous nations and peoples of this area. We acknowledge this and iterate our dedication to inclusivity, to friendship and to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.

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