Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Innovation: A Model for Academic-Industry Interaction to Improve Resource Efficiency Within SME Manufacturers
Environmental threats associated with demographic and technological trends have resulted in calls for transition to a global economy that operates within the carrying capacity of the natural environment. Because of their centrality to economic activity, this transition must include Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). At the same time, because of their role as knowledge holders on both sustainability and business, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can play a more active role in supporting SMEs to address this transition through the provision of timely and appropriate information. Dalhousie University's Eco-Efficiency Centre (EEC) works with SMEs to support them to identify opportunities to pursue sustainability through improved resource (material and energy) efficiency.