Campus Sustainability Office

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

                   ~Jacques Cousteau~

University operations affect air quality in a number of ways, with the emission of green house gases (GHGs) produced whenever fossil fuels are burned being the most significant. The University is committed to reducing its overall GHG emissions 6% below 1990 levels by 2012, in conformance with the Kyoto Protocol on Green House Gas Emissions.

The University’s Air Quality Management Policy [PDF] commits us to strive continuously to achieve high levels of air quality and to reduce sources of air pollution and actual discharges of air pollutants in and from all University programs and facilities.

The members of the University’s Physical Plant and Facilities Management offices take a leading role in helping the University meet these goals. 

Since 2005, the University has:

  • Completed installation of a hybrid heating system, which includes the installation of two electric boilers to be used at off-peak times to reduce demand for natural gas in the core buildings. The project promises to significantly reduce GHG emissions and to help manage energy costs.
  • Finalized a review of the University’s existing GHG inventories to ensure conformity with developing provincial reporting regulations and standards.
  • Undertaken of a comprehensive facilities audit to, among other things, identify opportunities for reducing GHG emissions and improving indoor air quality on campus.
  • Established the entire University campus as a smoke-free environment.
  • Established scent-free guidelines for members of the University community.
  • Finalized an asbestos management plan in FY2008, which includes surveys of buildings and replacement, where possible, of asbestos containing doors vinyl-asbestos flooring.