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Centennial Pollinator Gardens

Centennial College

Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other insects are responsible for two thirds of the food we eat, but they’re disappearing at alarming rates. With a diminishing number of pollen- and nectar-producing plants, a decrease in viable habitat and nesting sites, and an increase in invasive non-native plant and insect species, Centennial’s Environmental Student Society…

Testing photovoltaic reliability for a brighter future

Centennial College

Centennial College has been working on a solar module reliability project in tandem with electronics manufacturing giant Celestica, giving students a chance to get a more robust understanding of photovoltaic (PV) panel reliability. The initiative, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), involves collecting real-time data to build models that…

Selkirk College Students Visit Remote Calvert Island Research Station

Selkirk College

Prior to graduating from the Integrated Environmental Planning Program, students traveled to the west coast for an unforgettable experience where two years of study was applied at the Hakai Institute. A group of ten Selkirk College students in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) spent a week off-grid on the west coast studying the impacts of climate…

Olds College Constructed Wetlands

Olds College

The Olds College Treatment Wetlands were over 11 years in the making, and officially opened in 2013. Since opening, the Wetlands have welcomed hundreds of visitors to take in the beauty and learn more about our local ecology. The Wetlands encompass an area of 20 acres, and include 19 ponds and a 1.3 kilometre pathway.…

Okanagan College to open new $40,000 Indigenous garden

Okanagan College

from INFOnews.ca:  Okanagan College will have a new addition to its Kelowna campus this summer – an Indigenous garden. The $40,000 garden will have a prominent location just north of the Centre for Learning Building, according to an Okanagan College media release, one of the busiest buildings for students and staff. The 6,000 square foot…

Un Plan de gestion des matières résiduelles au Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

À la suite de l’élaboration d’un Plan de gestion des matières résiduelles (PGMR) au Cégep, des objectifs ont été clairement définis, concernant principalement la réduction des quantités globales de déchets produites dans l’établissement, mais plus spécifiquement les quantités de matières compostables pouvant être détournées de l’enfouissement. Pour cela, le Cégep a intégré et appliqué le…

Capilano University has lost tonnes of weight

Capilano University

William Demopoulos is proud of what a little willpower, prioritizing and teamwork can do. These three elements have not only helped Capilano University achieve its greenhouse gas reduction target a year ahead schedule, but also to exceed its target by nearly 20 per cent. “Capilano University’s success demonstrates what is possible across B.C.,” says Demopoulos,…

Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program students offer expertise to communities

Selkirk College

from the press release: Integrated Environmental Planning Program students have explored a diverse range of areas for the City of Nelson and are now entering the stage of public input. An open house was held on March 13 at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus to update residents and gather feedback. Draft versions of…

Thompson Rivers University saves $500,000 through new energy management efforts

Thompson Rivers University

BC Hydro has recognized Thompson Rivers University as an energy conservation leader. Saving $500,000 collectively in utility costs this year alone, TRU has more energy savings as a percentage of total consumption than any other post-secondary institution in the province. A participant in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program for the past seven years, BC Hydro…

Okanagan College takes top awards for Best Environmental Initiative on campus

Okanagan College

Green technology took top nods at the 25th Tommie awards, with two Okanagan College projects recognized for their environmental innovation. One of the most advanced and sustainable trades training facilities in the world, the College’s new Trades Complex at the Kelowna campus landed top spot for Best Environmental Initiative at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association…

Niagara College hosts Agri-Food Startup Weekend to help solve global food problems

Niagara College

from Erie Media: “Budding entrepreneurs will have their opportunity staring Friday to pitch their solution to address global agriculture and food challenges at Niagara College’s (NC) Agri-Food Startup Weekend. Modelled after Google’s well known Startup Weekend, the college’s ncTakeoff program with sponsorship by Meridian will host teams of participants to prepare and present solutions in…

Home of Today/Home of Tomorrow: a real-world study on sustainable homebuilding

Okanagan College

Recent EnerGuide testing has shown the Home of Tomorrow, one of two homes that make up the Wilden Living Lab project, to be 52 per cent more energy efficient than a standard home constructed to today’s building code. The Home of Today and the Home of Tomorrow ­– two houses constructed side-by-side in the popular…

Medicine Hat College partners to support a local renewable energy microgrid project

Medicine Hat College

from Electric Energy Online: Medicine Hat College, the City of Medicine Hat, and Bluenergy Solarwind Canada Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the purposes of developing, building and commissioning a showcase distributed generation renewable energy microgrid. In its initial configuration the project will consist of: Wind – 4 BSW UrbaVentoTM 3kWp vertical axis…

Students from Cégep de Sainte-Foy promote urban cycling with bike repair shop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

from Maclean’s: Cycling to school in the cold, or pestered by honking cars and trucks, is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But students at Cégep de Sainte-Foy are raising awareness for active transportation around Quebec City through their bicycle committee and repair shop. The student-run group was formed two years ago to encourage…

Yukon College launches new Post-Degree Certificate in Climate Change Policy

Yukon College

On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, the College held the first of several information sessions on the new Post-Degree Certificate in Climate Change Policy program. “Interest has been very high since this new program was announced. This session is an opportunity for people to hear more about course topics and ask any questions they may have,” said…

Algonquin College student research tackles environmental issues affecting Muskrat Lake Watershed

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: On Dec. 6, Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke held an Applied Research Day to give students in the Environmental Technician (E-Tech) Program the opportunity to showcase their work. The E-Tech Program, which was founded five years ago, is a compressed diploma that can be completed in 18 months whereas other…

Lakeland College teaches crop technologies with Student Managed Farms

Lakeland College

from Maclean’s: It all started with the cutworms. The moth larvae masticated through the tender young cellulose—even before the canola broke the surface of the soil. “In the spring, LC 14 got hit,” says Braeden Crone, a second-year student in Lakeland College’s crop technology diploma program. LC 14 is the biggest field, and the cutworms…

Yukon College teams up with local First Nation to create a source of sustainable food in the north

Yukon College

from Maclean’s: Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in the fertile earth of a farmer’s field. It smells healthy and rich. You see harvested rows of large, perfect potatoes and orange carrots lying in the soil like nuggets of gold. It’s such good land, in fact, that it’s now home to one of the…

NVIT to build new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from the press release: Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a federal-provincial investment of $8.9 million in a new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). The investment was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of…

CNA studies invasive insects to protect Newfoundland ecosystems

College of the North Atlantic

from Maclean’s: The lily leaf beetle, with its shiny scarlet back, “is a cute little beetle,” admits Barry Hicks, who established the Applied Entomology Lab at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in 2008. But it’s a ravenous bugger, too. If your garden is full of lilies, “they will eat them right down to…

NSCC uses topographic-bathymetric sensor to map ocean floor

Nova Scotia Community College

from Maclean’s: If you know the shape and size of seabeds, that information can be used in everything from the aquaculture industry to oil-spill response agencies. But it takes a special tool to peer beneath the waves and map the bottom of the ocean. And only one post-secondary institution in Canada has it. The million-dollar-plus…

Northern Lakes College launches online training for water and wastewater treatment

Northern Lakes College

from the Smoky River Express: With a shortage of qualified water and wastewater operators in the north, Northern Lakes College now offers online training for that work. Water / wastewater operator preparation program level 1 starts in September. “The program meets entry-level training requirements with Alberta Environment and no other courses are required to be…

College of New Caledonia’s unique research forest allows students to explore climate change links

College of New Caledonia

from Maclean’s: “From learning foundational map-and-compass skills to exploring the link between climate change and spruce bark beetles, students at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) spend a lot of time in the college’s 12,500 hectares of research forest. The two-year Natural Resources and Environmental Technology (NRET) diploma program is the only one in British…

Fleming College launches new Sustainable Waste Management program unique to Ontario

Fleming College

Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences is launching a Sustainable Waste Management program, the only college program in Ontario that is focused on building advanced knowledge and skills in this sector. Sustainable Waste Management is a two-semester graduate certificate program that will be delivered at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont. Through…

Mohawk College begins construction on its first net zero energy institutional building

Mohawk College

from Daily Commercial News: EllisDon broke ground on the first net zero energy institutional building at Mohawk College’s Fennel campus in Hamilton recently. In addition to renovations to existing labs, EllisDon, in partnership with McCallum Sather Architects and B+H Architects, will erect a 90,000-square-foot Centre for Partnership and Innovation, a release indicates. The building will…

Niagara College launches unique beekeeping program to help farmers pollinate crops

Niagara College

from Niagara College’s Community News Source: Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping program is the first of its kind in Eastern Canada. Following the annual lifecycle of the honey bee from its winter sleep patterns to the extraction of honey and back again. Al Unwin, associate dean of the School of Environmental and Horticulture Studies, says roughly…

St Lawrence College launches “Hello Future” project to meet innovation, entrepreneurial, and environment needs

St Lawrence College

from the press release: “St. Lawrence College welcomes today’s [Oct 13, 2016] announcement by the federal and provincial governments to help fund a new, state-of-the-art Student Life and Innovation Centre and other new student facilities. Combined, the governments of Canada and Ontario will contribute $11.5 million toward the project, which will help St. Lawrence College…

SAIT improves energy efficiency on campus with investment from federal government

SAIT

from the Calgary Herald : Calgary’s SAIT campus plans to upgrade aging facilities and improve energy efficiency thanks to a $20-million boost from the federal government. Officials say funding announced Wednesday through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) will allow for improvements in three unique projects. SAIT’s Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre will expand advanced…

Douglas College students tour New Westminster to help solve urban environmental issues

Douglas College

Douglas College students toured New Westminster alongside Mayor Jonathan Cote on Oct 7, 2016 to investigate ongoing initiatives that will improve their urban environment. Students researched environmental and social issues facing the city, including waterfront revitalization plans, sober houses and congestion issues, for a 13-week interactive writing course. Following the tour, the students had the…

Fleming College launches new environmental planning program at Frost Campus

Fleming College

Building on its strong educational reputation in the environmental and natural resources field, Fleming College is launching a new post-graduate program aimed at preparing students for work in environmental and land use planning and integrated resource management. The Applied Planning – Environmental program focuses on sustainability in development projects for both urban and regional land use. An…

Une visite au Nicaragua pour les étudiants en Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Quatorze étudiants du programme Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de Sainte-Foy, accompagnés de Mme Joëlle Rondeau, professeure de biologie responsable de l’activité, se sont envolés vers le Nicaragua, le 3 janvier, afin d’y effectuer un voyage d’enrichissement de la formation. Pendant 14 jours, ces étudiants ont eu la chance d’en apprendre plus sur la biologie tropicale…

Le Cégep Garneau vise à réduire son empreinte écologique

Cégep Garneau

Le Cégep Garneau a lancé, le mardi 13 décembre, un important chantier qui vise à réduire l’empreinte écologique des milliers de personnes qui y étudient ou travaillent ! Le Plan de gestion des déplacements place l’établissement en tête de liste pour sa sensibilité aux enjeux environnementaux ! En cohérence avec le Plan de mobilité durable de la Ville de…

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles continue sa recherche sur les panneaux solaires adaptés au climat nordique

Cégep de Sept-Îles

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles est fier de recevoir une subvention du Fond de Recherche Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), relative à l’optimisation et à l’intégration des systèmes solaires photovoltaïques dans des microréseaux décentralisés, autonomes et isolés. Parmi ces microréseaux se trouvent les communautés autochtones qui ne sont pas connectées au réseau électrique principal ou encore certaines…

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance un nouveau programme en Écodéveloppement et bioproduits

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

du Nouvelliste : “Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières proposera, dès l’automne prochain, un programme complètement revu afin de relancer le département de technologies des pâtes et papiers, qui est sans étudiant depuis le printemps 2011. La direction de la maison d’enseignement trifluvienne espère d’ailleurs que cette nouvelle formation mieux adaptée à l’industrie d’aujourd’hui permettra d’attirer une…

Le Cégep de Victoriaville annonce la sortie d’une nouvelle recherche sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole

Cégep de Victoriaville

Le Centre d’innovation sociale en agriculture (CISA) du Cégep de Victoriaville est fier d’annoncer la sortie d’une recherche inédite portant sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole à une relève non apparentée. Alors que la relève agricole familiale se fait de plus en plus rare, certains agriculteurs font le choix de transmettre leur ferme à une relève…

Le Collège Shawinigan obtient une fois de plus la certification Cégep vert du Québec

Collège Shawinigan

Le Comité d’action et de concertation en environnement (CACE) du Collège Shawinigan est fier d’annoncer que le Collège a obtenu la certification Cégep vert du Québec, niveau excellence pour l’année 2015-2016. Depuis plusieurs années, le personnel et les étudiants du Collège Shawinigan unissent leurs efforts afin de réduire l’empreinte écologique du Collège à travers divers projets environnementaux…

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles reçoit la mention honorable Vélosympathique du Vélo Québec

Cégep de Sept-Îles

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles a récemment reçu une mention honorable Vélosympathique décernée par Vélo Québec. Il devient ainsi le premier cégep mais aussi la première organisation à recevoir cette mention, à l’est de Québec. Le Mouvement vélosympathique a pour but d’encourager les collectivités et les organisations à faire du vélo une réelle option en matière…

Un projet de technologies combinés à l’Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne

L’Université Sainte-Anne a récemment mis en place un projet écologique d’envergure sur son campus principal de Pointe-de-l’Église, en faisant appel à trois sources d’énergies renouvelables : Une installation de chauffage de l’eau à l’énergie solaire Deux fournaises de gazéification de la biomasse Deux éoliennes de 50 kW. La construction des deux fournaises alimentées aux copeaux de…

Deuxième rang mondial pour le Cégep Limoilou

Cégep Limoilou

Le 25 septembre 2016, la World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) a décerné le prix Green Colleges – argent au Cégep Limoilou dans le cadre de son congrès mondial tenu au Brésil. Par cette distinction, la WFCP donne le deuxième rang mondial au Cégep Limoilou dans sa catégorie « Environnement » pour sa contribution exceptionnelle au développement durable, pour ses…

Vancouver Island University’s aboriginal outdoor classroom

Vancouver Island University

At Vancouver Island University (VIU), members of the Outdoor Education Committee are aiming to create an Aboriginal outdoor classroom on campus where students will learn to become responsible stewards of their environment by becoming familiar with nature and developing the attitudes, values, and skills necessary to participate in resource stewardship. The Outdoor Classroom revolves around an interdisciplinary approach infused…

UFV’s BioPods grow sustainable food and Agtech careers in the community

University of the Fraser Valley

The City of Surrey, the John Volken Academy (JVA), the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and educational partners have unveiled twin high-tech greenhouses known as BioPods, a City of Surrey vision and a signature made-in-BC agricultural initiative designed as a catalyst for agricultural research and innovation in British Columbia. As the global population marches…

Sheridan’s District Energy Projects

Sheridan College

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South, today announced a major investment in a $21.4 million infrastructure project at Sheridan.  Through its Postsecondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, the federal government is contributing $9.9 million, while the Province is adding $2.6 million, with the balance…

Award-winning climate change adoption tool brings big data to the local level

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

For Natural Resources Technology instructor Ryan Galbraith and Dr. Nirmil Subedi, a Forest Economist from Natural Resources Canada, the goal was simple: help make large-scale environmental data more useful at the local level. The result is the Climate Change Adaption Tool, which provides farmers and local communities with the environmental data they need to make…

Love Your Lakes brings applied learning to a whole new level

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic student, Blossom Lamalice knows that when you love something, you take care of it. “Everybody loves their lakes and they want them to be here for future generations. If we start taking care of them now, they will be here for many years to come,” she says. Lamalice is currently in her second…

Sask Polytech helps with oil spill clean up

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

After 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in July, the whole province, with consultants and experts from across Canada joined together to lend their expertise. One of those experts was Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s School of Natural Resources and Built Environment aquatics instructor, Darcy Lightle. “As an environmental consultant,…

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

Okanagan College

It has been five years since Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation opened its doors to students and the building continues to make national headlines for its innovative design and outstanding performance. The $28-million building was designed to be one of most advanced sustainable facilities in…

Committed to sustainability & reducing energy usage

Okanagan College

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…

Okanagan College Trades Complex

Okanagan College

Okanagan College’s Kelowna Trades Complex was built and renovated to be a model for sustainability in trades training—one to inspire students and apprentices and to encourage other institutions to reach for a new green benchmark in trades training facilities. It incorporates the latest in green-building techniques, technologies and materials, with the goal of meeting LEED…

NSCC’s Centre for the Built Environment: blending environmental stewardship and technology

Nova Scotia Community College

Situated on Halifax Harbour—part of Nova Scotia Community College’s Waterfront Campus—is the LEED-, BOMA BESt Platinum- and Audubon-Certified Centre for the Built Environment (CBE). A 120,000 square foot, living research laboratory, the CBE blends the natural environment with the built environment; a unique concept for a trades and technology space. The CBE features large operable…

Tiny Trash makes a Big Difference

North West College

North West College is on a weight-loss plan. It plans to lose hundreds of pounds in garbage. In August 2016, North West launched the Tiny Trash program which is designed to promote sustainable operations by providing all staff an understanding of the amount of waste they personally produce and how to be proactive in reducing their ecological…

NorQuest College’s Singhmar Centre for Learning seeking LEED Silver Certification

NorQuest College

The Singhmar Centre for Learning is planned as a LEED Silver 22,500 m², four-storey building. It will feature labs, a teaching child care centre, a new library, food services, student activity space, and an Indigenous student centre. This new building will allow NorQuest College to consolidate all of its Edmonton-area programming at its downtown campus.…

Niagara College: Where campuses are living labs for sustainability

Niagara College

At Niagara College, campuses are used as a way for students to explore, learn and innovate in all aspects of sustainability. NC’s campuses have become a platform for multidisciplinary, active and experiential learning – not as an ancillary benefit, but by design. The NC mission is to provide outstanding applied education and training for a…

Garden projects reap harvest of Niagara College expertise

Niagara College

A garden project is flourishing at White Oaks, thanks to Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division. On August 12, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division unveiled its progress on a sustainable garden project assisting one of the closest neighbours to its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – White Oaks. The event involved students and faculty from Niagara College,…

Sowing seeds of hands-on learning in Hamilton

Niagara College

Healthy living initiatives are also taking root in the North Hamilton community, thanks to a partnership with Niagara College. The College’s Greenhouse Technician program played a key role in North Hamilton Community Health Centre’s new Community Greenhouse, which opened its doors this fall. While the new Community Greenhouse extends the growing season for NHCHC gardeners,…

Embracing electric vehicles at NBCC

New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) students and staff are on the road to promoting electric vehicle use in New Brunswick thanks to two new 2016 Chevrolet Volts. The electric vehicles, or EVs as they are called, are a creative and innovative way for the college to train students in various programs such as Automotive Service…

Mohawk College Sustainable Landscape Plan

Mohawk College

The Sustainable Landscape Plan (SLP) guides improvements to Mohawk’s outdoor spaces in a way that demonstrates Mohawk’s leadership in creating an environmentally sustainable educational setting. The SLP outlines a strategy that enhances the quality of life for campus users and the surrounding community. To date, the SLP has created several key green spaces at Mohawk…

Langara College’s beautiful new Science and Technology Building

Langara College

Adding over 1,000 square metres of student space and 35 new laboratories and classrooms, Langara College’s new Science and Technology building targets a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation by using highly-efficient building systems and fully integrating healthy living components. LEED design features include energy efficient building envelope; low-flow fume hoods with adjustable sashes; and,…

Lambton College’s Sustainable Smart House

Lambton College

The Sustainable Smart House is the centre for Lambton College’s research in renewable energy resource management and optimization and serves as a showcase for solar photo-voltaic and solar thermal energy, geothermal heating, and a sophisticated energy management system. The House serves as a research laboratory for new projects in testing, optimization, and validation of the…

Humber College’s new building: A green gateway to North Campus

Humber College

When Humber College set out to build its new gateway to the North Campus, sustainability was at top of mind. The Learning Resource Commons – a 260,000 square-foot building – opened in 2015. The LEED Gold structure includes sustainable features such as 94 per cent construction waste diversion, a green roof, 100 kW of electricity from…

Bringing a buzz to Humber College

Humber College

Humber College has thousands of hard workers – and we’re not just talking about our students. These workers are black and yellow, smaller than a paperclip and can be seen buzzing around campus in warmer months. (Honey bees, in case you didn’t guess). In an effort to rebuild the number of worker honey bees in…

Raymond Loo Memorial Garden gives Holland College students and staff a place to learn and reflect

Holland College

A barren patch of land on Holland College’s Prince of Wales Campus has been turned into an organic garden and plein-air classroom where students and staff can rediscover the therapeutic benefits of nature and take applied learning to a whole new level. The Raymond Loo Memorial Garden is named after one of the most prominent…

CICan Intern honoured by her experience at GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College

Kristine Elipse just finished the summer of her life, and can’t wait to head back home to Toronto, Ontario to share her experience with family and friends. The University of Toronto and Centennial College Environmental Science and Technology graduate spent the last six months working as a Research Intern for GPRC Research & Innovation’s Pollutants…

Alecia Sandboe’s Summer Experience at GPRC NBDC

Grande Prairie Regional College

GPRC University Transfer graduate, Alecia Sandboe is heading into the third year of her Bachelor of Science program at the University of Alberta well prepared after spending her summer working in the College’s world-class laboratory. “All summer I got to work for GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge,” says Sandboe who graduated from Sexsmith Secondary School…

In the face of rising energy costs, an embedded energy manager helps curb consumption and improve conservation

Fanshawe College

Energy conservation is a top priority for Fanshawe College, as it works to maximize its triple bottom line – the social, environmental and economic impact of the college. To ensure a bright future for its many stakeholders, Fanshawe is partnering with London Hydro through Ontario’s Save on Energy conservation programs powered by the Independent Electricity System…

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food at Durham College

Durham College

In 2009, Durham College (DC) turned its attention to Durham Region’s agri-food industry. Recognizing an opportunity to address local economic and social issues, DC embarked on an ambitious plan to satisfy the need for an agri-food-focused facility that would satisfy the gap in an innovative and environmentally conscious way. The end result was DC’s Centre…

Durham College Whitby campus

Durham College

Durham College (DC) has undertaken numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency, particularly since 2009. These include the installation of an extensive energy monitoring system, replacement of existing windows with high-efficiency models, installation of variable speed drives, and the use of lighting occupancy sensors. These measures have resulted in immediate and long-lasting energy efficiency upgrades in…

Durham College Sustainability Office

Durham College

Durham College (DC) practices sustainability every day, especially in its Herman Miller-inspired space that is fully accessible to students and employees and serves as a hub for environmental awareness and action on campus. The Sustainability Office is the campus hub where the college’s sustainability initiatives are hatched. Home to the DC Living Green initiative and…

Living Green Initiative

Durham College

At Durham College (DC), sustainability guides decisions and practices in fostering the continued success and well‐being of students, employees and stakeholders. DC believes in fostering sustainable behaviours and in sharing responsibility for social, environmental and economic stewardship, and strives toward the enhancement of awareness in education throughout the college and greater community. DC is committed…

Sunny Days at College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies

Cranbrook, BC gets a lot of sunshine. Both Statistics Canada and Environment Canada cite it as one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and College of the Rockies is taking full advantage of all that sunshine. In April 2015, the College undertook a solar project at its Cranbrook campus’ residence building, installing two types of…

At John Abbott College, sustainability education is no longer an elective

Cégep John Abbott College

Located on the western tip of the island and surrounded by a vast natural habitat, the College’s grounds and campus instills in our students and staff a deeper appreciation of nature and the environment. Students and staff alike are fortunate to experience one of the most beautiful campuses in Quebec. The surroundings and the college’s buildings,…

Factor Four initiative transforms BCIT campus and emissions levels

BCIT

Recognizing that unchecked growth in a global system of limited resources is unsustainable,  the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Factor Four Initiative aims to reduce BCIT’s energy and materials usage by—you guessed it!—a factor of four. The name and the mission comes from the influential 1995 report Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, which developed the concept…

Factor Four: a living lab of sustainability on BCIT campus

BCIT

When BCIT first opened its doors in 1964, its mandate was to educate students and produce career-ready graduates that would fuel British Columbia’s economy. Fifty years later and over 160,000 alumni strong, BCIT’s mandate lives on. BCIT’s approach to education is like no other post-secondary institute. BCIT is recognized as one of the leading educational…

High Performance Building Lab

BCIT

New requirements for energy efficient housing and buildings require changes to existing building envelope design and construction techniques. In addition, construction in the coastal region of BC is sensitive to high moisture levels resulting in materials deterioration and failure. It is essential that construction technologists, designers, and builders are familiar with building envelope application technologies…

BCIT’s Energy OASIS project

BCIT

Given Canada’s size and the distances to travel, an environmentally sustainable transportation system has to provide electric vehicles the energy they need to move people and goods across this vast geography, without jeopardizing the reliability of our electric grid. Dr. Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team, hopes that BCIT’s Energy OASIS project…

Algonquin College Perth Campus Rural Living Lab

Algonquin College

Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and the Perth Campus’s Construction Carpentry-Advanced Housing program have collaborated in the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable, energy efficient Residential Living Lab that will become a permanent fixture of the Perth Campus. Elements of the building’s sleek design, prepared by GRC Architects Inc., were inspired by students…

Kwantlen Polytechnic students raise money to provide solar power and light for communities in Africa

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from Richmond News: “They couldn’t get their collective minds around the concept of burying their heads in their books at night without having any proper light. And when they learned that impoverished African kids were getting injured while using gasoline to produce light for a few minutes of studying, a group of Kwantlen Polytechnic University…

Yukon College artistic collaboration explores climate change in northern communities

Yukon College

A collaborative project from Yukon College art students looks to tackle climate change through multimedia: from Maclean’s: “A collaboration between Yukon College’s school of visual arts in Dawson City, its Yukon Research Centre in Whitehorse and the University of Saskatchewan is adding a human dimension to the science of climate change. “We are trying to…