The Greening of the Academic-Industry-Government Interface
Robert C Bailey, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
Environmental research in Canadian academia has become embedded into a new landscape. Industrial and government research is mostly concerned with:

1. novel environmental protection and rehabilitation technologies, 2. environmental assessment and monitoring techniques, and 3. the environmental science/policy/legislation interface

In each case, industry and government must increasingly find ways to leverage academic resources (people and infrastructure), or the research just won’t get done at an effective scale.

This is not a bad thing. There would be no significant progress on any of these fronts in academia without the strong and clear (and sometimes competing) mandates of industry and government. I will describe some examples of the productive intermingling of industry, government and academia in environmental research, and reflect on the emerging benefits and remaining challenges of such partnerships.