Carleton University released its comprehensive Energy Master Plan today, part of an ambitious sustainability strategy that reduces current energy and water consumption and will ensure the highest possible conservation levels are maintained as the campus expands.
Carleton also provided an update on the conclusion of its first in-depth building assessment, part of a multi-year program with Honeywell to implement energy, water and waste reduction in all 44 buildings on campus.
Updates on Sustainability Strategy
During the last year, the university has reduced 242 tonnes of annual carbon dioxide emissions from administrative building Robertson Hall – the equivalent of taking 81 mid-size cars off the road. The utility and operational savings, which accrue to $120,000 a year, were achieved by upgrading water fixtures, lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as weather sealing the building.
Similar work has now started at Athletics. It will take several months to upgrade the athletics facilities for projected annual savings of 459 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions (or 154 mid-size cars) and $137,000 a year. Other Carleton buildings will follow.
Last May, Carleton released a Sustainability Strategic Plan, a comprehensive plan for embedding environmental sustainability in all university operations and one of the most ambitious action plans in Canada.
Carleton’s New Energy Plan
The new energy plan calls for a detailed analysis of historical energy and water use to evaluate future utility requirements as buildings are added to campus. It identifies potential energy savings of 17 per cent and water savings of three per cent despite increasing consumption over the years. Read more about energy initiatives at Carleton…
Carleton is committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations are assessed against the Green Globes rating system and will achieve a minimum rating of three out of five. Read more about campus planning, design and construction at Carleton…
Green Revolving Plan
Carleton has also been encouraging its faculty, staff and students to devise creative ideas to reduce energy, waste and water use with a $1-million Green Revolving Fund to support and implement the best solutions. Thirty-two projects were reviewed in 2013. The winning idea looked at the application of Smart building technology and a pilot is planned for five buildings this year. Read more about the Green Revolving Fund…
The university is developing a network of staff volunteers called Eco Reps who have an interest in sustainability issues. They will help Carleton engage and inspire the community to achieve its goals. Read more about Carleton’s Eco Reps program…
Carleton has a long history of sustainable operations, including recycling programs since the early 1990s. In 2009, Carleton conducted a pilot project with Green Globes to develop an environmental assessment tool for university campuses. The Canal Building, completed in 2011, is a living laboratory with cutting-edge sustainable design features that have become part of the research conducted there as students pilot and assess green building operation standards.
For its sustainability efforts, Carleton recently won an Effective and Innovation Practices Award from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) – Leadership in Education Facilities, the largest international association of educational institutions and their facilities and physical plant departments.
Learn more about sustainability at Carleton.