Mohawk College is launching a Climate Action Plan that will bring a new School of Climate Action and a Chair in Skilled Trades for the Green Economy to the campus.
The plan centres on three key areas. The first being leading through action by reaching net zero in operations and practicing sustainability on campus.
The second called “future ready graduates” aims to support the transition to a low-carbon economy through education, skills and training.
Last is through research and partnerships, which is working towards leading and supporting industry and the local region in decarbonization.
The School of Climate Action is set to be home to programs for students to support climate action and the green economy.
With a proposal of “a number of new diploma and degree programs”, the new faculty is expected to open in Fall 2025.
The details on program options have yet to be shared by the college.
“The School for Climate Action will serve as a powerful hub of innovation, research, and education at Mohawk College, refocusing and expanding the college’s efforts to address the most pressing challenge of our time,” said Dr. Cebert Adamson, VP, Academic.
The Gina Fraser Chair in Skilled Trades for the Green Economy has been announced to conduct research with an interdisciplinary focus on “green skills of the green economy.”
The search for the inaugural chair is currently underway.
“The need for climate action is immediate and necessary, and requires us all to participate,” said the College in a statement shared Thursday.