Niagara College’s push for experiential learning has presented students within the College’s School of Environmental & Horticulture Studies (SEHS) a chance to work on a new, vital community project. Niagara College, the City of Welland, and Dillon Consulting will be teaming up for a year-long initiative to create an Atlas Landfill Remediation Concept Plan (ALRCP) for the retiring landfill on Woodlawn Road.
“There is a lot of public interest on the future of this site, along with discussions on potential opportunities,” said Welland mayor Frank Campion. “We’re looking forward to hearing from the community and partnering with Niagara College.”
The Atlas Landfill site stands at 220 metres above sea level, and looms roughly 40 metres above the surrounding landscape. Niagara College students and faculty will work alongside industry professionals to transform this landfill site into a public space. Gaining real-world experience, NC students will assist in researching options, consulting with the public, and will ultimately plan for legislated closure and future land use opportunities. Needless to say, the College is excited to begin working with Welland to help transform the city’s backdrop.
“Information gained from the project would be used by our ecosystem restoration students, who would use the site for their term field project under the guidance of our faculty mentors,” said NC faculty member Patrick Robson. “This partnership provides an excellent opportunity for experiential learning for our students, working alongside professionals from the city and Dillon Consulting on a project that will have a significantly positive and lasting impact on the city’s landscape.”
With the experience that NC’s SEHS students will gain during this project, the view isn’t the only thing that will be changing. The Atlas Landfill Remediation project will begin with an online survey set for the week of June 12.