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U of C – Stepping Up Together
The University of Calgary Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan
2010 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
• Research • Teaching and Learning • Campus Operations • Partnering for change
UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon with a few of the many students at the U of C who are demonstrating leadership in finding solutions to the challenges of climate change. Pictured (L to R): Elizabeth Brennan, Brandon Peterson, Robbie Wilson, Tawfiq Hirani, Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, Halley O’Byrne, Alex Pulwicki and Julie Bogle
released: november 25, 2010 read the full and summary versions of the Climate action Plan at: www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability front cover: University of Calgary’s LeeD® Platinum Child Development Centre Photo credit: robert Lemermeyer
an institutional strategic research priority. share your aspirations with us. innovative capacity. it also highlights how we are preparing our students for leadership in addressing climate change challenges in our formal curriculum and our vibrant co-curricular learning environment. “society looks to universities to help lead this challenge. We must work collaboratively on critical research endeavours. the University of Calgary has committed to: achieving significant emissions reductions in our operations. and work in partnership with the University of Calgary in support of these goals. To our fellow citizens. elizabeth Cannon To the Canadian post-secondary education community: collectively we can and must lead the challenge by achieving deep operational emission reductions and by preparing our students for leadership in addressing the challenges ahead. we must demonstrate the significance of our collective actions. Elizabeth Cannon President and Vice-Chancellor University of Calgary Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 1 . global warming and sustainable development have emerged as key local. i invite all of you to participate in helping the University of Calgary realize its vision of becoming a north american leader in institutional sustainability and climate action. The 2010 Climate action Plan identifies viable actions for further reducing the university’s operational greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2015 and 80 percent by 2050 from a 2008 baseline. as opportunities for realizing a stable low carbon economy evolve so too will our Climate action Plan. the businesses. To University of Calgary students. and over the past decade we have driven down institutional greenhouse gas emissions despite our main campus growing by 30 percent. and the public institutions of Calgary: through dialogue. finding solutions to climate change through research and partnerships with our community. i invite you to read our Climate action Plan.” - Dr. i call upon the community in the broadest sense to rise up to this opportunity for leadership and reinvention. national and international concerns. as a signatory to the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change statement of action for Canada. The related challenges are significant in magnitude and complexity. faculty and staff members to explore further and to bring forward new opportunities to weave climate action into all aspects of our collective endeavours so that we can go further. This plan identifies immediate actions that many of you will participate in. and competitive advantage to lead this challenge. Dr. The Plan highlights research activity in energy and the environment. i call upon the community in the broadest sense to rise up to this opportunity for leadership and reinvention. and preparing our students for leadership and excellence in their post secondary endeavours. as a north american hub for energy excellence we have the knowledge. The University of Calgary has a distinguished research and teaching history within the broad field of energy and environment. The 2010 Climate action Plan and our broader institutional sustainability Plan build upon our past accomplishments and challenge us to reach higher and embrace new opportunities for innovation and leadership.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT Message from the President On behalf of the University of Calgary i am pleased to present our 2010 Climate action Plan. many of these actions will also reduce our operating costs. it is also an invitation to all students. The University of Calgary welcomes cross-institutional collaboration and leadership. and we must share our knowledge with communities across Canada and around the world. The 2010 Climate action Plan is a living document. faculty and staff: we have much to be proud of in our research. partnerships and collaborative action we can make Calgary a north american leader in providing and promoting solutions to climate change. society looks to universities to help lead this challenge. teaching and campus operations but we can and must do more.
additionally. research. consumption and transportation. The 2010 Climate action Plan summary report provides an overview perspective. Details of the summarized initiatives can be found in the full 2010 Climate action Plan. underscores institutional leadership in research and teaching within energy. Operations The CaP identifies actions to reduce gHg emissions in the each of the following three categories as compared to a 2008-09 gHg emission inventory. or CO2e. student leadership and partnerships aimed at finding solutions to the climate change challenge. and highlights growing momentum in related student leadership. Based on the cumulative impact of the identified actions the CaP confirms viable institutional gHg emission reduction targets as follows: · 45% by 2015 · 60% by 2020 · 80% by 2050 These targets align with recently established targets by other leading universities and municipalities across north america. actions in operations will be supported by outreach and engagement programs. Different GHGs contribute to a warming effect. Bob Ellard. The U of C’s Climate action Plan (CaP) identifies proposed actions for reducing operational greenhouse gas (gHg) emissions. The U of C is one of more than 25 Canadian post secondary institutions signatories and nearly 700 american institutions that have signed a similar declaration. research and best practices about climate change with our students and the public and accordingly will pursue responsible solutions to address the climate change challenge”. CO2e (fiscal year 2008/2009) 330.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT U of C baseline greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions: Executive Summary as a signatory to the University and College Presidents Climate Change statement of action (UCPCCsa) the University of Calgary (U of C) has committed to “demonstrate leadership by sharing knowledge. Measured together they are referred to as CO2 equivalent. · Built environment emissions · Transportation emissions · Purchasing (paper) and Organic Waste emissions The associated emission reduction potential of these actions confirms absolute reductions from the baseline despite institutional growth and the potential for emission expansion resultant from increased building area. vice-president (facilities management & development) 2 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . The university will produce periodic CaP updates to reflect progress made toward reducing operational gHg emissions and continued advancements in teaching.000 metric tonnes U of C GHG reduction goals: 45% by 2015 60% by 2020 80% by 2050 CO2e = CO2 equivalent. environment and climate change related fields.
in partnership with the students’ Union. vice-president (academic) & provost and Jon Meddings. energy & environment was designated as one of 3 institutional research Development Priorities. environment. and the GHG reduction potential from defined actions that address Built Environment emissions. enabling students to connect classroom lessons to practical experiences. and Purchasing (Paper) & Organic Waste GHG emissions. sustainability of energy and environment has been identified as a research strength across the university in the U of C’s strategic research Plan. recently launched the Co-Curricular record. president of the Students’ Union & James Lange. Teaching & Research The U of C is uniquely positioned to be a north american leader in catalyzing solutions for climate change and has established a critical mass of faculty active in energy. Alan Harrison. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to find solutions to climate change. president of the Graduate Students’ Association Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 2050 3 . 15 faculties offer more than 200 sustainability related courses. student groups provide learning and development opportunities. Lauren Webber. providing learning opportunities through both formal curriculum and experiential learning. confirming the U of C’s commitment to interdisciplinary research in academic foundations. There are also several degrees. minors. and more specifically to energy and environment. To support these activities. designers. the U of C. interim vice-president (research) Student Leadership Over a dozen student groups on campus have shown leadership in addressing climate change. specializations and concentrations related to sustainability. 2014 2008 2010 2012 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028 2030 2032 2034 2036 2038 2040 2042 2044 2046 2048 Fiscal Year Total U of C Emissions Built Environment Emission Reductions Transportation Emission Reductions Paper Purchasing & Organic Waste Emission Reductions Other TBD Emission Reductions This wedge analysis shows the projected growth in institutional GHG emissions from a 2008 baseline through 2050. and other fields related to climate change. researchers. which formally recognizes students co-curricular involvement. corporate CEOs and political leaders. engineers.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT 500000 GHG Emissions (metric tonnes CO2e) 450000 400000 350000 300000 250000 200000 150000 100000 50000 0 45% 60% 80% The U of C educates future teachers. Transportation emissions. Teaching and research addressing climate change supports the principles of the U of C academic foundations and its sustainability Policy. over 6000 students have registered. To date. demonstrating impressive student initiative in finding solutions to sustainability issues on campus and beyond. The programs that comprise this area are forming interdisciplinary research teams in collaboration with the best researchers and universities in Canada and the world.
Transportation Emissions 21% U of C spends about $28 Fossil Fuel Energy Emissions 78% ventilate. purchased electricity made up 48% of the University of Calgary’ total Built greenhouse gas emissions in 2008/2009. as a result of alberta’s electricity grid being predominantly coal fired generation. • investigate supplying energy to main Campus through low or no emission district energy utility on the new West Campus. These strategies also reduce operating costs and generate potential research and teaching opportunities. energy conservation measures in existing buildings provide the greatest opportunity for reducing energy intensity and gHg emissions. 78% Paper Purchasing & Organic Waste Emissions 1% The 2008 energy mapping study in Calgary confirmed the U of C has one of the highest energy intensities in Calgary. natural gas. while steam and transmission & distribution losses made up Emissions another 10% and 5% respectively.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT OPERATIONS Paper Emissions 1% Total 08/09 GHG Emissions Total 08/09 Built Environment GHG Emissions Purchasing & U of C is targeting both energy supply and building energy demand in order to reduce Transportation gHg emissions associated with the built environment. cool. Fossil Fuel Energy actions include: • retrofit of the Central Heating and Cooling Plant (CHCP) to cogeneration or Combined Heating and Power (CHP) technology. central heating and cooling plant 4 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . power and provide water to 86 buildings: enough electricity and gas to power and heat 20% of 2050 reductions While energy from fossil fuels will continue to meet much of institutional and societal energy needs for the foreseeable future. senior manager. and steam. ventilation and lighting of buildings has declined over recent years. million a year to heat. chief engineer.500 Canadian homes for a year. Cogeneration uses natural gas fired turbines to produce cleaner and less expensive power.5 million “Co-generation will reduce emissions from energy supply. energy & utilities • Keith Altenhof. complete in 2011. while recovering waste heat for use on campus. cooling. • Murray Sloan. 14. propane.” 80. • investigate the feasibility of using lower emission energy sources from waste recovery for the CHCP (i. at the same time. limiting emissions growth from new buildings is Total 08/09 GHG Emissions essential.e. The CHCP retrofit.000 metric tonnes of GHGs every year. the U of C has identified a number of short and long term strategies to reduce emissions from fossil fuel energy. Organic Waste Emissions Built Environment Emissions 78% Transportation Emissions 21% 21% Paper Purchasing & Organic Waste Emissions 1% The U of C’s current energy supply consists of electrical power. will save an estimated in energy costs and $3. overall Built energy use has continued to rise due to increased demand from data centres and plug Environment loads. Though energy use intensity of existing buildings associated with heating. gasification of organic waste) to reduce reliance on the combustion of purchased natural gas. Combustion of natural gas and propane Environment made up a further 15%.
Though it is not yet economically viable for large on-site generation. Renewable Energy Actions include: • Lead in developing alternative energy technology and education by employing campus based alternative energy technologies and utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for research and learning. the Canada Research Chair in Energy Conversion. • Lead in developing related public policy and regulations that will facilitate further advancements in renewable energy. of annual sunshine. • after prioritizing funding to projects that reduce energy demand and produce no/ low emissions energy. Calgary is ideally suited to generate solar energy. Undergraduate chemistry student Lisa Szabo is conducting research on using organic molecular materials to make more effective solar cells. wind. enough to power 6 average Canadian homes for a year Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 5 . and 1% by 2020. • Develop public and private sector partnerships to accelerate financing and technology development and transfer. 65. 2.000 kWh annually. • Provide 0. consider the purchase of renewable energy Certificates (reCs). is one of many researchers at the U of C developing renewable energy technologies. U of C is ideally situated in the heart of the energy sector to be a test bed for innovation in renewable energy technologies and a living laboratory for advanced r&D and teaching.400 hours Calgary has over A photovoltaic array on the exterior of the LEED Platinum Certified Child Development Center produces Curtis Burlinguette. advancements in renewable energy technologies might change this.5% of total building based energy demand from site based renewable energy by 2015. rivers or geothermal heat – presents another opportunity for the U of C to reduce gHg emissions and increase energy independence.OPERATIONS Renewable Energy UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT 1% of 2050 reductions Using renewable energy – a naturally replenished resource such as sunlight. As one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
and will result in an annual gHg savings of 29.100 metric tonnes of gHg emissions. Total projected annual avoided emissions from all Phases: 91. simple measures such as adjusting the hours of operation in buildings and consolidating locations of after-hours classes and activities.” • Shelley O’Brien. EPI Phase II (completion 2011) includes a number of further improvements to building systems.500 metric tonnes CO2e 2011-2025 Phase III & IV 54. operating costs by $1 “We are working with faculties to optimize HVAC system operating hours. and an annual cost savings of approximately $2.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT OPERATIONS Energy Performance Initiative GHG reductions: 1996-2002 Phase I 8. director. operations & maintenance • Tom Humphries. • establish an energy efficiency fund (eef) as a revolving financing strategy for advancing institutional energy efficiency. Pool savings from energy efficiency initiatives for reinvestment into further energy efficiency projects with a specified return on investment.5 million. EPI Phase I focused on upgrades to lighting and HvaC across operations.100 metric tonnes CO2e 2005-2011 Phase II 29. equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by EPI Phase III actions: low and no capital cost initiatives that generate immediate GHG reductions and utility budget savings: • Work with faculties. Campus building range in age from 1950 to 2009 and many of them need energy performance retrofits which will yield significant reductions in energy use and gHg emissions.230. 4.600 MT CO2e. building management system administrator 6 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . The U of C’s energy Performance initiative (ePi) is a multi-phase initiative intended to increase the energy performance of existing buildings on campus and reduce operating costs.000 Changing building HVAC system operating hours alone could reduce million a year. • Building occupant engagement program: sustainabilityOn will provide training and resources to help departments identify and take actions to reduce energy use and improve measures toward other institutional sustainability objectives. residences and other operating units to develop common sense approaches for saving energy.000 metric tonnes CO2e Existing Buildings 27% of 2050 reductions existing buildings represent the single greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions at the U of C. • share utility information: provide shadow billing and dashboards to budget units to raise awareness of their proportional share of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. They therefore also have the potential to realize significant reductions in gHg emissions.500 metric tonnes of gHg emissions. and were the source of 78% of total gHg emissions in fiscal year 2008/09. trees each year. resulting in $1 million of annual savings and an annual reduction of 8.
etc.” Jim Love. • Complete infrastructure upgrades based on prioritized outcomes of the BPas. total energy demand will increase. • install energy efficient outdoor LeD lights. “The U of C is advancing strategies for high performance green buildings. HvaC component upgrades. • implement an ongoing re-commissioning program to optimize energy performance. Chair in Sustainable Building Technologies Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 7 . director. energy & utilities • Mike Rogers.OPERATIONS EPI Phase IV actions: targeted building systems upgrades: • Complete Building Performance audits (BPas). • Prioritize: multi-year suite of energy efficiency projects that leverage the greatest improvements. Benchmark performance data to establish energy performance targets. high performance green buildings are a superior investment and they present invaluable teaching and research opportunities. “The Energy Performance Initiative reduces emissions and reduces costs. building envelops. implement a series of projects including improvements to building lighting and HvaC controls. infrastructure maintenance New Buildings 23% of 2050 reductions as new buildings are added on campus. • implement a Project Delivery model (PDm) to guide internal design and assist facilities and project management staff in realizing cost effective and energy efficient new buildings. it is critical to construct new buildings to the highest possible energy performance standards to mitigate the increase in energy consumption since new buildings are not generally retrofitted for energy performance for 25-30 years. New buildings actions include: • Design buildings to increasingly stringent energy performance standards to achieve reductions in gHg emissions and costs related to the operation of buildings. ventilating. UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT • analysis & Planning: investigate energy use of existing building heating. lighting. cooling and power systems. New Building energy performance standards: 2015: 70% reduction in GHG emissions 2020: 80% reduction in GHG emissions 2050: Carbon neutral (beginning 2030) Over their life cycle. senior manager.” • Murray Sloan.
UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT OPERATIONS Data Centres + Plug Loads 3% of 2050 reductions as more data centres and computers are added to keep up with the demand of the campus population’s storage of data. establish a strategy to phase out low energy efficiency appliances and establish an operating standard that limits the use of personal heating and cooling devices and prohibits incandescent lamps. run multiple servers on a single piece of hardware to reduce space.e. • implement new power management systems to increase server energy efficiency. the energy required to run these devices increases as well. and power requirements on a 20:1 scale. • Develop an energy efficient alternative to individual freezers and refrigerators in laboratory research. IT power consumption is doubling every 5 years. “Energy savings may be achieved by reducing the number and age of refrigerators used for research. • Use free cooling when available to offset air conditioning and compressor operation. energy demand from data centres and desktop computing has doubled in the past five years. Other plug loads such as laboratory equipment are similarly expanding. cooling. and will continue this exponential growth in the absence of change. • Use energy management software to collect data on server energy use. and power requirements on a 20:1 scale. assess the efficiency of servers and determine which computing facilities should be continued or consolidated to increase cooling and power use efficiency.” Glen Armstrong. • Centralize the processing capacity of computers in Data Centres to reduce the power draw of desktop computing (i. Virtualization: running multiple servers on a single piece of hardware can reduce space. department head of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine 8 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . cooling. Data Centre actions include: • Develop a comprehensive iT strategic plan for energy optimization and gHg emissions reductions at the U of C. thin client computing) • require all new equipment to be at least energy star compliant. • implement centralized energy management software to consolidate power configuration settings of desktop computers and shut down inactive workstations. • Through virtualization. Plug Load actions include: • Develop a strategic plan for energy optimization of desktop computing devices.
etc. service and campus operations. strategies to promote changes in the everyday behavior of students.6 metric tonnes of GHG emissions. alternative procurement choices.000 kms of vehicle commuting in just one week and preventing 9 metric tonnes of GHG emissions. implement a campus sustainability tour that highlights best practice on campus. active media (ie. Provide training and resources to a broad cross section of representatives from departments across campus and from student residences. The U of C has a strong outreach and engagement foundation to build upon and will continue to evolve a range of tools and strategies aimed at promoting broad participation through showcasing institutional and individual climate action (and sustainability) initiatives and providing necessary information and resources. and other project-related participation opportunities. research in action. 9 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . teaching. the student sustainability street Team. Twitter). and more. 330 people Outreach & Engagement actions include: • evolve the U of C sustainability website as a comprehensive and up-to-date source of institutional climate action initiatives in teaching. student media. faculty and staff are also necessary. sustainabilityOn Coordinators Program. everyday decisions provide opportunities to increase energy efficiency. took part in the 2010 Commuter Challenge. etc. and diverting organic material into composting infrastructure. videos). U magazine.” Anna Nowaczyk. • Continue evolving relevant on-campus signage to effectively communicate and highlight institutional strengths and opportunities for the campus community to affect change. • Publish regular stories through campus media options (UToday. service and campus operations. “The SustainabilityON coordinators program provides resources to help people take action. • evolve and expand the eco-representative Pilot Program into an ongoing annual sustainabilityOn Coordinators Program. • Continue to build participation in the sustainability stewardship Working group. avoiding over 24.) showcasing climate action initiatives within research. • Continue expanding the subscription rate to the U of C green Bulletin. programs and communications coordinator in the Office of Sustainability with SustainabilityON Coordinators Cut the Carbs: In 2009 employees and students powered down during the three week Cut the Carbs Challenge to save 56. shift commuting choices. and north american opportunities to highlight leadership and share best practices. research. alternative commuting choices. provincial. include interactive social media options (ie. a bimonthly e-blast that provides links to climate action and sustainability news on campus. Provide engagement campaigns and competitions to encourage actions to reduce the U of C’s gHg emissions through energy use reductions. Under the brand “sustainability On – U of C stepping Up Together” the following actions are aimed at building recognition of the campus community’s individual and collective capacity to make change happen. tips.OPERATIONS UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT Outreach & Engagement in addition to technical and operational solutions. reconsider procurement choices and reduce the U of C’s overall emissions. and cross institutional perspectives. water use reductions. • share similar information with relevant external media focusing on local. opportunities for involvement.
transit capacity.000 Susan Austen. director of parking & transportation services 10 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . • expand student and staff housing opportunities on and near campus to reduce commuting.000 metric tonnes of GHG emissions annually by 2050. further gHg emission reduction opportunities and best practices will emerge as future knowledge and technologies evolve.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT OPERATIONS Total 08/09 GHG Emissions Transportation Emissions 21% Paper Purchasing & Organic Waste Emissions 1% Transportation U of C’s transportation related emissions accounted for nearly 71. and transit shelters. routes. • Work with Calgary Transit to enhance public transit services including frequency of service. and fleet operations.000 personal trips to and from campus. such as the planned bike shelters and transit shelters. Every day.248. Commuting actions include: • Develop a transportation management strategic plan. • expand existing programs and develop new initiatives including the ongoing carpooling incentive program and the newly relaunched carshare service. Equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by “Transportation demand management programs reduce emissions from commuting. The U of C has developed short term actions to reduce gHg emissions and has identified external industry trends that will aid institutional emission reductions. walk. These gHg emissions were the result of commuting.000 metric tonnes CO2e in 2008/2009.” trees. and improved methods to track commuter behaviour and transportation choices. or cycle. there are more than 95. institutionally financed travel. U of C commuting actions will result in a reduction of 92. staff and faculty commute to campus every day. Built Environment Emissions 78% Commuting 18% of 2050 reductions Built Environment Emissions 78% G Emissions more than 90 percent of students. 4. • Develop infrastructure to encourage people to use public transit.
e-learning coordinator for the Teaching & Learning Centre Fleet <1% of 2050 reductions The U of C operates a fleet of 156 vehicles which consume gasoline. and vehicle – for business. and sports.” Joanne Carruthers. train. as well as through offsets. 4. travel offsets can be purchased to mitigate the associated gHg emissions. • implement fleet maintenance program.000 kilometres of air travel and travel. 1 minute. the size of the fleet is not centrally managed. While sports teams and study abroad programs do not have alternatives to travel.140. Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 11 . Other education and business travel can be reduced by using teleconferencing and e-technologies. If everyone reduced their time spend idling by just GHG would be saved daily.900. and purchasing of travel offsets. and reduce overall size of fleet.000 kilometres of vehicle “Communication technologies are providing alternatives to travel that will help reduce related emissions. education. reducing gHg emissions associated with operating the fleet. bus. • Purchase offsets through a central program that ensures high quality offsets. and that allows pooling of offsets for greater institutional impact. • Develop ifT guidelines that promote opportunities for audio/video or web conferencing. In 2008/2009. replace fleet vehicles with higher fuel efficiency and alternative fuels vehicles. bus and vehicular travel as well as a strategic plan and institutional targets for reducing gHg emissions and ifT costs. Currently. IFT actions include: • Develop a tracking and monitoring system for air. which also provides secondary benefits such as decreased fuel costs and improved campus and regional air quality. more than 1 metric tonne of to turn off their engine while parked. train. 20.000 motorists on campus more than Idle-Free U of C encourages Fleet actions include: • Develop a planning and monitoring system to help identify inefficient fleet vehicle operation and use.OPERATIONS Institutionally Financed Travel (IFT) UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT 5% of 2050 reductions The U of C directly finances travel – by air. U of C was responsible for more than 34. • introduce idle-free program to discourage vehicle idling on campus. diesel and propane that contribute to gHg emissions.
saving enough paper U of C’s academic departments. operations. senior procurement specialist in Supply Chain Management (right) • Doug Wilson. During 2008/2009. and cardboard from the waste stream. Waste Diversion Goal 72 to 56 million sheets. • Complete rollout of pre- and post-consumer food waste composting program. manager.700 metric tonnes of solid more than half of its In 2008/09. • negotiate volume discount on 100% PC recycled content in anticipation of mandating as minimum standard by 2015. the U of C consumed 195 metric tonnes of paper. the University of Calgary’s total paper purchasing & organic waste related emissions were 2. business units. Organic Waste actions include: • Develop a recycling and solid Waste management Plan • Develop and install comingled recycling and organic waste collection units throughout campus. Transportation Emissions 21% Paper Purchasing <1% of 2050 reductions From 2006 to 2009. grounds and motor pool (left) 12 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON .” • John Orpe. expanding recycling and composting programs all impact our institutional emissions. a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. the U of C diverted <1% of 2050 reductions The U of C generated over 1750 metric tonnes of organic waste in 2008/2009. The U of C can reduce these gHg emissions by increasing the diversion of organic content. print shop. which has the potential to generate methane.Paper Purchasing & Organic Waste Emissions UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT 1% Environment Emissions 78% OPERATIONS Paper Purchasing & Organic Waste Emissions 1% Total 08/09 GHG Emissions Built Environment Emissions 78% Purchasing (Paper) & Organic Waste in 2008/2009. waste from the landfill. “Reducing paper use. Organic Waste 80% by 2020 5. U of C reduced its paper consumption from to stack higher than 8 Calgary towers. and diverted over 700 metric tonnes of both paper and cardboard from the landfill. Currently there is voluntarily migration toward using 30% and 100% Post-Consumer (PC) recycled paper. paper. and bookstore purchased 195 metric tonnes of paper in 2008/2009 from preferred suppliers.700 metric tonnes CO2e. Paper Purchasing actions include: • negotiate a permanent volume discount on 30% PC recycled content paper and mandate 30% PC recycled paper as minimum standard across campus by 2012. • evaluate the viability of gasification of organic waste to produce alternative energy in conjunction with the development of energy infrastructure for West Campus.
Faculty of Law The faculty of Law is internationally recognized in resources. · master of architecture courses cover best practices for reducing green house gas emissions in the built environment. and the programs in this area are forming interdisciplinary groups with the best researchers and universities in Canada and the world. new chairs. this year’s seminar theme is energy and society which includes discussions on climate change as it relates to the built environment. energy and environmental law. · The proposed masters of environmental Design will have a strong focus on environmental planning including planning for low carbon communities and adaptation to climate change. offering 21 courses in this specialization and facilitating research through the natural resources. scholarship. many of which that cover climate change. Over 200 courses in sustainability. research. Getachew Assefa. Chair of Natural Resources Law Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 13 . Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment Nigel Bankes. U of C is uniquely positioned to be a North American leader in mitigating GHG emissions.TEACHING & RESEARCH UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT Teaching + Research Located in the energy capital of Canada. a clinical environmental law program and continuing legal education. energy and environmental Law (CreeL) to serve as an umbrella for a range of existing programs and new faculty initiatives in this critical legal field. Faculties: Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) Climate change is a core component of teaching and research at evDs. · in the master of environmental Design program. minors. are offered to students. the University of Calgary is ideally positioned to be a leader in addressing climate change through its teaching and research. visiting scholars and speakers. With a critical mass of researchers in energy. Twenty-four courses are offered relating to sustainability research topics address green house gas emission reduction and responses to climate change. the faculty is developing the Centre for resources. This includes graduate programs. concentrations and specializations related to energy & environment are also offered. One of the faculty’s six core research areas entitled “sustainable Development and Design” includes a variety of research topics that address green house gas emission reduction and responses to climate change. sustainability of energy and environment is identified as a research strength in the strategic research Plan. nreeLr coordinates interdisciplinary collaboration and engages related institutions. and other climate change related fields. in addition degree programs. the legal professions and the community. energy and environmental Law research group (nreeLr). To advance research and education in these areas. environment.
greenhouse gas emissions. sustainability. · a msc. Viola Birss. biomass/waste to energy.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT TEACHING & RESEARCH Haskayne School of Business Haskayne’s mBa program is ranked second in Canada for the integration of environmental and social issues. furthermore. professor in the Schulich School of Engineering Science The faculty of science offers an inter- and multi-disciplinary educational experience through a number of programs and courses. including an energy science concentration. climate. energy and material footprints and their minimization. and the development of renewable energy technologies. The environmental science Program (offered in conjunction with the faculty of arts) emphasizes learning in a multidisciplinary setting to understanding environmental issues facing society. One program offering is the energy and environment undergraduate specialization. and its undergraduate programs were rated third. another program offering is the natural sciences Program. an environmental engineering specialization is offered. lifecycle analysis of materials and products. Patrick Hettiaratchi. · The global energy management and sustainable Development (gems) mBa prepares students for decisions and planning within the global energy industry and covers management processes of particular significance to energy enterprises. and renewable energy. both environmental and social. at the graduate level. Frances Bowen. director of the International Resource Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS) Schulich School of Engineering schulich is rated first in Canada out of 36 schools for initiatives related to social and environmental impact management. for high potential executives. multidisciplinary education. and sustainable development. delivers five core modules including one on climate change. The development and implementation of successful climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies is one of its research priorities. students are offered undergraduate and graduate specializations related to sustainability through the Centre for engineering research and education (Ceere). This concentration examines trends in alternative energy and how they can become viable sources of energy for the future. climate change. faculty of environmental Design and faculty of Law. eighteen science researchers and numerous on- and off-campus collaborators are involved in some 22 projects related to sustainability issues. the faculty of science offers a total of 63 courses related to sustainability. The faculty of science has research focuses in the areas of clean and efficient use of energy resources as well as exploring the environment and mitigating human impacts. in sustainable energy Development is an interdisciplinary program taught in conjunction with schulich school of engineering. Canada Research Chair in Materials for Fuel Cells and Related Energy Applications 14 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . which provides a broad. which provides students with knowledge of direct and indirect environmental impacts of energy and energy related activities. development of advanced. Ceere’s research efforts related to climate change include emissions of greenhouse gases and their mitigation. sustainable and eco-friendly materials for different applications. which provides a multidisciplinary education in the areas of energy. · The Corporate social responsibility sustainable Development Program is offered to all Bachelor of Commerce students. Haskayne’s international resource industries & sustainability Centre (iris) researches state-of-the art innovative management practices and their impacts on societal issues. Haskayne offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs related to sustainability including: · The global energy executive emBa program.
the effects of climate change on marine life in the Beaufort sea. The four key research priorities that iseee is leading or engaged in are: · Low-emission Hydrocarbon recovery and Processing · north american energy systems 2030+ · sustainable energy Development in the arctic · Low-carbon Communities iseee is also growing its energy and environmental systems group. Law. and another on the fundamental rights and duties with respect to sources of renewable energy with particular focus on solar energy. minors. and the economic and political impacts of the melting northwest Passage being used as an international shipping route for the first time. the regulation of wind power. Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 15 . Bob Page. specializations and concentrations related to energy & environment. The institute currently has several ongoing projects such as: an analysis of the legal and regulatory treatment of carbon capture storage in north america for natural resources Canada a multi-module study supported by the alberta Law foundation on the legal and non-legal policy framework for alternative energy in alberta. executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America Institute for Sustainable Energy. open to students in research based programs (msc/PhD) in any one of iseee’s partner faculties and schools. recent and current projects have looked at aboriginal communities and governance. including the schulich school of engineering. environmental and social conditions in the north.TEACHING & RESEARCH Institutes: Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT The institute advances the study of the north american and circumpolar arctic through the natural and social sciences. the faculties of science. the U of C’s academic unit for interdisciplinary research and teaching/training in energy. and the school of Public Policy. in addition to the requirements of their home graduate program. aina acquires. including modules on wind power and renewable energy in alberta. Haskayne school of Business. including a Project Course which provides an experiential learning opportunity as they work together on project teams to respond to a specific real-world problem for an external client. TransAlta Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability 200 sustainability related courses with 15 faculties offer more than several degree offerings. iseee offers the energy and environmental systems (ees) interdisciplinary graduate specialization. the ees group seminar series. iseee’s community outreach/service activities include its popular iseee Distinguished speaker series. Canadian Institute for Resources Law (CIRL) CirL is the leading national centre of expertise on legal and policy issues relating to Canada’s natural resources. environmental Design. students complete four core ees courses. preserves and disseminates information on physical. the new iseee experts series of breakfast talks aimed at the downtown business audience. iseee works in partnership with and support of faculties and schools at the U of C. the arts and humanities. environment & economy. Environment + Economy (ISEEE) iseee launched in 2003 to provide strategic leadership for initiatives in energy and environment. and social sciences. Benoit Beauchamp.
Faculty of Environmental Design Students’ Association (EVDS SA) evDs sa hosts BrownBag sessions. The sU has implemented a number of climate change and sustainability related initiatives in their operations. $85. Eat Dirt in fall 2008. students launched a pilot composting project on campus. university-run pilot project. including installation of motion sensors on new light fixtures. such as eat Dirt. The success of the project led to a larger. organizes a sustainability in action Crew to generate discussion on sustainability within the faculty. bicycle parts. green living outreach programs for high schools. ISEEESA touring Chin Chute Wind Farm 16 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . and access to shop space. and sustainability. services include a Bike Library bicycle lending program. robust student leadership is essential for the university to be a leader in addressing climate change.000 is offered annually in support of student based sustainability projects. award applications. The Bike Root hosting a repair clinic Graduate Students Association (GSA) The gsa eliminates paper from their operations wherever possible (including newsletters. measurable progress. and is developing an evDs workshop booklet to promote health. in the first three months alone. launched in 2008 to support experiential learning and formally recognize student involvement outside of the classroom.600 kgs of waste was diverted from the landfill. reduces energy consumption.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT STUDENT LEADERSHIP Student Leadership student leadership on issues related to mitigating climate change is demonstrating real. a sense of community. Eco Club Past event and initiatives include the annual enviropalooza fair. health/dental claims). the university rolled out of a campus wide program. “Robust student leadership is essential for the university to be a leader in addressing climate change. Throughout the year. a campus composting project. nearly 3. and recycles all possible waste streams. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) eWB runs awareness initiatives on fair Trade. bicycle repair and riding clinics. volunteers collected organic waste from three food vendors and two postconsumer collection bins across campus. malawi. and expertise. over 30 student volunteers operate the Bike root for nearly 500 members. the eco-Living fair at southern alberta institute of Technology. over 6000 students have registered for the Co-Curricular record. To date. and environmental sustainability. e-waste recycling and a lending program for re-usable cutlery and platterware in the macewan students’ Centre food court. eWB harnesses the skills and creativity of the Canadian engineering sector to find practical solutions and create opportunities for rural africans in Zambia. and in fall 2010. ghana and Burkina faso to create positive change in their lives. a certification with built-in environmental standards. The Bike root’s mandate is to foster healthy lifestyles. monthly lunch hour sustainability discussions.” Bike Root Community Bicycle Shop Launched in 2008. safety. tools. Students’ Union (SU) The students’ Union sustainability Board (sUsB) advances sustainability as outlined in the U of C sustainability Policy.
professor-moderated setting to discuss topics in environmental management. acoustic concert with music and free giveaways. Solar Decathlon Team The U of C competes in the Us Department of energy solar Decathlon. and attractive. Institute for Sustainable Energy. a poster campaign in the U of C Dining Center. an international competition to design. in June 2010. and organizes field trips to locations such as the Drake Landing solar Community. increasing recycling.C. and last year hosted its 4th annual networking Dinner. including a video screening and environmental educational.STUDENT LEADERSHIP Environmental Science Students’ Association (ESSA) UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT essa is an sU sanctioned club for members of the environmental science (ensC) program at the U of C. The Solar Decathlon team’s SolAbode on display at the National Mall in Washington D. Urban Calgary Students’ Association (UrbanCSA) The UrbanCsa facilitates student involvement in the local development and planning process to help refocus urban development on sustainability. Solar Car The U of C solar Car team designs and builds solar vehicles to compete in the World solar Challenge (WsC) and the north american solar Challenge (nasC). and act on issues related to a cleaner energy supply. in 2009. a healthy environment and an efficient economy. The Solar Car Team unveiling the Schulich Axiom Save NRG save nrg Hosts campus-wide activities to communicate ideas of sustainability. and high infrastructure costs in first nations communities in southern alberta. offers its own scholarship for sustainability leadership. this interdisciplinary group is designing a home addressing health and safety. the Calgary team place sixth out of 20 internationally chosen teams. suitability. build. durability. for the 2011 competition. essa hosts an environmental science Cafe where students meet in an informal. energy-efficient. and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective. explore. coordinates volunteers for causes around Calgary. provides academic mentoring. This residence committee works towards lowering energy use and costs. faculty. essa was involved with eat Dirt. the team placed sixth overall in a 2000km race from Tulsa to Chicago. and sets up networking events. and government to provide students with opportunities to learn. and raising awareness about the student body’s environmental footprint. and a playful education event with the youth from U of C family housing. ownership. The U of C solar Team aims to educate the community about sustainable energy. UrbanCsa holds speaker sessions on topics such as urban farming and public policy. and is also developing a proposal that would improve mobility and transit access for senior housing. an initiative aimed to get more food businesses on campus to compost pre-consumer organic waste. UrbanCSA visiting the Drake Landing Solar Community Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON 17 . UrbanCsa addressed city council regarding secondary suite bylaws which prevent higher density housing around transit hubs. Environment & Economy Students’ Association (ISEEESA) iseeesa partners with industry. and the garrison Woods LeeD neighborhood Development project. essa organizes fundraising events. The solar car is an inter-disciplinary project through which students and faculty can work together in supporting sustainable energy. iseeesa organizes the monthly energy 101 series.
Operations and maintenance (facilities management) senior financial analyst. Campus engineering (facilities Development) Director of sustainability (Office of sustainability) associate Dean. West Campus Development (facilities Development) interim Dean (schulich school of engineering) Programs and Communications Coordinator (Office of sustainability) executive Director (arctic institute of north america) vP (facilities management and Development) intern sustainability Coordinator (Office of sustainability) & schulich school of engineering manager. research and int’l (faculty of environmental Design) senior Procurement specialist. and economy) Business Performance manager (facilities management) associate Dean (science education). environment. and economy ) Director. environment. infrastructure services (information Technologies) administrator (arctic institute of north america) Dominik rozwadowski intern sustainability Coordinator (Office of sustainability) & Haskayne school of Business nancy Pollock-ellwand Dean (faculty of environmental Design) 18 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . faculty of science mechanical engineering intern (Campus engineering) Director. supply and service Procurement (supply Chain management) sustainability Coordinator (Office of sustainability) Communications Director (institute for sustainable energy. financial and management reporting (facilities management) associate vice-President (facilities Development) associate vice-President (facilities management) Director (Parking and Traffic services) Director. Operations and Production Control (information Technologies) manager.UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT STUDENT LEADERSHIP Contributors andrew Wallace anil mehrotra anna nowaczyk Benoit Beauchamp Bob ellard Brandon Peterson Brian Bates Dave miners David Layzell Doug Wilson george Bourne Halley O’Byrne Jim sawers Joanne Perdue John Brown John Orpe Justin Brown mark Lowey mike rogers murray sloan Owen saunders shelley O’Brien steve Crowe steve Dantzer steven gasser susan austen Tom seto Trisha Campbell Director. Distribution services (supply Chain management) executive Director (institute for sustainable energy. infrastructure maintenance Program (facilities management) energy and Utilities engineer (facilities management) executive Director (Canadian institute of resources Law) Director.
UniversiTy Of CaLgary 2010 CLimaTe aCTiOn PLan sUmmary rePOrT Contributors Faculties.” Joanne Perdue Director of Sustainability Back cover: The 2010 U of C solar Team competing in the 2000 kilometre american solar Challenge. environment & economy international resource industries & sustainability Centre faculty of Law schulich school of engineering faculty of science Student Groups Bike root Community Bike shop eat Dirt eco Club engineers Without Borders environmental Design student’s association (evDs sa) environmental science student’s association (essa) graduate students’ association institute for sustainable energy. I would like to extend acknowledgement and appreciation to all of the above for sharing their expertise and for their demonstrated commitment to advancing the initiatives within this plan. Photo credit: merlin nagel 19 Sustainability U of C – Stepping Up Together ON . environment. Institutes & Centres arctic institute of north america Canadian institute for resources Law Centre for environmental engineering research and education faculty of environmental Design Haskayne school of Business institute for sustainable energy. and economy students’ association (iseeesa) save nrg students’ Union University of Calgary solar Car Team Urban Calgary students’ association (UrbanCsa) Thanks & Recognition “The 2010 Climate Action Plan was made possible through the collective contribution of the individuals and groups noted above. Thanks also to Justin Brown and Brandon Peterson for composing a comprehensive plan from the many points of input.
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