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St. Lawrence College to host symposium on green construction skills ​


St. Lawrence College (SLC) will host a one-day symposium that will assist in training people to support transition to greener construction and maintenance of buildings, whether they are new, or existing. A kickoff to a year-long curriculum development process, the Low Carbon Building Skills (LCBS) Symposium will be held on the Kingston campus on Tuesday, June 19, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Topics covered include: 

  • The benefits and importance of making the shift to low carbon buildings, and the importance of an integrated approach at both the design stage and on the job site; 
  • How training and education needs to change to incorporate LCBS thinking;
  • Suggestions for new curriculum to make sure the construction industry and our graduates are fully prepared to use LCBS;
  • Identifying barriers to the introduction of LCBS into mainstream construction practices and discussing solutions.

“College and university programs are integral to making the transition to low carbon building,” said Shannon Claggett, Associate Dean of the school of Applied Science and Computing at St. Lawrence College. “We’re thrilled to be in partnership with our colleagues in order to ensure that the next generation of graduates --- and the trades people, technician and technologists, engineers and architects already on the job --- are well prepared for new, green building practices.”

The symposium will bring together faculty and staff from SLC, Fleming College, Algonquin College, Queen's University, as well as industry association and construction-related representatives. Funding for the symposium comes from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.


Media contact:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext 1291