A series of pipes in the uOttawa tunnel network

We are committed to creating an efficient campus that reduces its impact on the environment.


Reduce energy consumption by 2% annually despite the growth of the campus. This means reducing energy consumption to 627,000 GJ by 2017.


In 2013, energy consumption dropped by 0.5% despite the addition of 6,000 square metres of space.

Energy programs


EcoProsperity is a program to implement deep-energy retrofits on campus. In 2013, the program was responsible for over $3 Million dollars in energy savings. Recently retrofitted buildings include the Morriset Library, Desmarais, Fauteux, Site and Roger Guidon.

District Heating and Cooling
The University of Ottawa’s campus utilizes a district heating and cooling loop. This means all the buildings are connected by tunnels under ground that allows energy to be shared between the power plant and buildings.

Embedded Energy Manager
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Hydro Ontario to employ an embedded energy manager on campus. The embedded energy manager is responsible for reducing electrical consumption by finding energy saving opportunities.

Demand Response 3 (DR3)
During the hottest days of the year, the University is called upon by the Province to reduce its energy consumption to preserve the electrical grid. On these days we implement energy reduction measures which include turning off non-essential lighting and rotating ventilation.

Energy saving tips


Remember that the smallest actions contribute to the greatest change.

Power down your computer
Activate your energy saving settings and turn off your computer and monitor at the end of the day.

Take the stairs
Whenever possible, use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Flick off
Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Dress for the weather
Check the weather before you leave and make sure to dress in layers.

For more tips, please go to our sustainable practices page.

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