MUSKOKA SUN - The Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment is open for the community.
Students Vito Lam and Jennifer Owens descend the central staircase at the Waterloo Summit Centre for the environment during the facility's open house held on July 6.
Photo by Roland Cilliers
Located near Huntsville’s main street in, the facility is the site for a wide range of activities including business training, environmental research and even weddings. Primarily a full-year research centre for ecology, tourism, land-use planning and local economic development, the centre is a “G8 legacy project,” one of the structures built for the gathering of G8 leaders in 2010. Built with millions of dollars in federal funding, the centre opened in its current capacity in 2011.
Robin Brushey, events manager for the University of Waterloo, said the vision for the building is for it to be an important part of the local community.
“We say the three focuses of the building are research, teaching and it’s a community centre as well,” said Brushey. “We open it up for community events. We’ve had training sessions held here by some of the local businesses as well as we have a wedding scheduled for next year.”
On July 6 an open house was held at the centre to let people in the community come in and check out everything that’s been going on at the facility. Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty was in attendance as were a number of officials from the school.
Stephen Murphy, professor with the environmental studies department at Waterloo, said students working out of the facility are engaged in a wide range of locally important research.
“They’re doing things on invasive species, water quality, research in terms of ecological land classification; which is a fancy sort of land classification tool for managing the natural environment primarily,” Murphy said. “They’re also looking at other things like the impacts of urbanization and farming – that sort of thing.”
Past work at the facility has included the development of sustainable business plans for local industries.
For more information on the Waterloo Summit Centre visit their website at www.uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-summit-centre/.