Creating a Greener Campus

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The following are a list of programs highlighted in the "Action on Climate Change Report 2020".

View the full report.

 

For decades, the University of Ottawa has been operating a lean and efficient campus. This has helped foster a culture of conservation and stewardship; however, the accelerated pace of climate change has forced the University to evolve and implement new practices to deal with the changes we see in the National Capital Region.
Along with new programs, the University has also adopted new ways of thinking about the challenge, ultimately moving towards a holistic approach that incorporates a diverse set of solutions.

 

Expanding our Emissions Inventory

By the year 2040, the University of Ottawa aims to be carbon neutral, essentially emitting zero net emissions by offsetting its carbon. This would apply to direct emissions produced by burning natural gas and fuel.

 

Infrastructure

  • In January of 2020, Enbridge officials visited the University to present another incentive rebate for the energy retrofits at the Biosciences Complex and Colonel By Hall. The deep energy retrofits over the past decade have eliminated 9,682 tonnes of CO2 annually.
  • The new development at 200 Lees is targeting the highest LEED certification, platinum. Even higher standards are being explored for future buildings.

 

Transportation

  • Currently, over 87% of campus community members do not use a single occupancy vehicle to arrive on campus, but the 13% who do produce represent one-third of all the emissions.
  • In early 2020, Facilities revamped its fleet of work vehicles. The size of the fleet was reduced, and one-third was replaced by electric vehicles. This is estimated to eliminate 16 tonnes of CO2 from our fleet annually and contribute to our clean air community.
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