Campus Sustainability Office

I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

                  ~Thomas Edison~

The University’s Energy Management Policy [PDF] commits us to continuously reduce overall energy demand, and where energy is required, to give preference to local, renewable energy sources; reduce total expenditures for energy resources and fuels; and as much as practicable, minimizing waste, GHG emissions, and the negative environmental and social impacts arising from the University’s use of energy resources.    

The University of Winnipeg currently uses energy in four forms: electricity, natural gas, and transportation and stationary fuels. Use of energy from these sources also accounts for most of the University’s annual direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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:

  • In 2012, installed 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 University’s core buildings.  The project promises to significantly reduce GHG emissions and to help manage energy costs.
  • In 2010, the University undertook a comprehensive facilities audit to, among other things, identify opportunities for reducing energy demand and increasing opportunities to switch to renewable energy sources.
  • In 2005, automated control software responsible for monitoring and controlling electrical consumption in 80% of campus buildings was upgraded and modernized.
  • The University continues to replace incandescent ‘pot’ lights with compact fluorescent lamps, achieving at 75% energy savings with each installation.  Installation of motion-sensor light controls in offices and classrooms is also ongoing as renovation of these areas progresses.
  • Windows have been replaces and upgraded in several core campus buildings (Bryce, Ashdown, Manitoba, and Centennial Halls).
  • The University is pursuing an on-going program of roof replacement which normally includes upgrades to roof insulation and consequent savings in energy. Since 2004, 95% of campus roofs have been replaced.
  • All new construction projects are LEED Silver buildings, and have been designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind.