As part of its commitment to sustainability, Okanagan College has been working diligently to reduce its energy usage – and has been succeeding remarkably! In 2008, when the average Canadian post-secondary institution was using 320.6 kilowatts of energy per square metre of space annually, OC was using 297 kw/m2. By 2015, the College had reduced its consumption to 196 kw/m2, a reduction of 34 per cent.
One of its new buildings, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Construction Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation uses just 68 kw/m2 annually. The just-completed Trades building on the Kelowna campus is forecast to use 75 kw/m2 and an under-construction daycare facility on the College’s Penticton campus is forecast to use just 25 kw/m2 when it is complete.
The College was a charter member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and has been awarded silver ratings in two reviews of its performance. The first graduates in the College’s groundbreaking Sustainable Construction Management Technology program are set to graduate in the spring of 2017. Going green for Canada’s sesquicentennial!
Read more about sustainability at Okanagan College here.