Lights controlled by a smartphone, electric cars that charge overnight and a rooftop garden that supplies food to the grocery store below — these are all features of a new energy-efficient and environmentally responsible community that Ryerson students are helping to build in London, Ont.
The multipurpose, 70-acre neighbourhood is being designed to be the most energy-efficient community in Ontario and will be completed within 15 to 20 years.
For four months in 2014, almost 90 people from 10 partner groups worked together to prepare the project proposal. This includes students from 11 universities.
The largest group of students involved came from Ryerson, with 12 researchers who contributed to the report.