DEC is proud to welcome the University of Calgary to its growing membership. December 6th, 2016
“Alberta's ageing energy infrastructure combined with changing energy markets creates opportunities for universities to create resiliency, security and reliability through onsite energy generation,”
says Anouk Kendall, President of DEC.
The University of Calgary is one of only two universities in Canada listed on the Corporate Knights
2016 Future 40 Responsible Leaders in Canada and is rated number eight overall.
With over 30,000 enrolled students, the university is equivalent to the ninth largest population in Alberta. Carbon neutrality is just part of a larger goal in the university’s Institutional Sustainability Strategy
(ISS) which includes a commitment to: “Continually improve our sustainability performance and infuse sustainability into the campus experience through modeling principled practice in social responsibility across our operational endeavours.” One of the university’s primary research priorities is energy innovation and a Campus that functions as a Learning Lab.
We are proud of our operational sustainability
initiatives,” says Bart Becker, Vice-President of
Facilities at the University of Calgary. “As a
research institution we also pride ourselves on
our research and academic focus on
sustainability. Eighty per cent of our
departments conducting research are
engaged in sustainability-related research and we offer
over 350 sustainability-related or focused courses.
For more than a decade, the University of Calgary has demonstrated best practices in green building construction in 11 major buildings – occupying more than 1.7 million square feet - across the university campuses. The university has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for seven projects, and four completed projects are currently pursuing certification. These 11 buildings represent one of the largest concentrations of green buildings on any post-secondary campus in Canada and serve as a catalyst for advancing green buildings in the province.
Collectively, the University of Calgary’s High Performance Green Building program has delivered an estimated:
- 14,700 tonnes annual GHG emissions reductions - equivalent to 2,700 less cars on the road
- 14,500 tonnes of waste diversion from landfill - more than the weight of the Calgary Tower
- 133,000 m³ of annual potable water savings - equivalent to 53 Olympic swimming pools
- 51.2 acres of natural greenspace with 80+ species of native/adaptive plants
- 75,000 m³ of storm water annually managed to protect water quality and mitigate flooding
- 1.7 million ft² of healthy indoor air quality for campus members
Copyright UC 2015. Photo credit: Ewan Nicholson