Carleton unveils Energy Master Plan

Darryl Boyce, assistant vice-president (Facilities Management and Planning), outlined Carleton’s sustainability successes over the last few years. Kristy Strauss Photo

Carleton has shed light on its energy savings and initiatives that will make it a green campus for decades to come.

On Feb. 24, the university held a major announcement in Robertson Hall detailing Carleton’s Energy Master Plan, and provided updates on the Robertson Hall retrofits and the impact it is making.

“We want to protect and strengthen our campus community, and leave it in the best condition we can,” said Darryl Boyce, assistant vice-president (Facilities Management and Planning).

As part of the announcement, Boyce said the Energy Master Plan will help the university prepare for future growth.

“We wanted to make sure we had an analysis that reviewed our energy systems to meet our growing demands over the lifetime of our campus,” Boyce said. “(The Energy Master Plan) not only evaluates our expansion requirements, but it evaluates our capacity to reduce the total consumption.”

As a first step in the university’s campus renewal and conservation strategy, Carleton partnered with Honeywell and tested Robertson Hall’s energy use.

The building’s lighting, mechanical systems and water were improved, and ultimately, Boyce said he can project significant energy use reductions.

He added the university’s next project with Honeywell will look at the Athletics Building.

“We’re working on upgrades to Athletics and expect to have about $140,000 in savings,” Boyce said.

As part of the Athletics building improvement program, there will be a high-efficiency lighting upgrade, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades, hot water boiler replacement, water fixture upgrades and weather seals.

“It’s a long-term investment, but we’re able to upgrade the facilities, make the whole operation better and cut back on energy savings,” Boyce said.

In addition to the retrofits and Energy Master Plan, he said that the university also introduced the Sustainability Strategic Plan last year – which has helped green the campus through a variety of programs, including Green Revolving Fund.

The $1-million fund allows for investment in sustainability-related projects across campus, and allows members of the Carleton community to apply for funding in a research project that involves environmental and sustainable improvements to the campus.

Carleton has also remained committed to ensuring that all new construction and renovations on campus are Green Globes certified.

As part of the Green Globes certification process, independent auditors provide an inspection on a building’s water consumption, energy use, electricity usage and waste management.

Seven buildings on campus have already received at least three out of five globes as part of the Green Globe rating system.

Carleton has also developed a green management team, Boyce said.

“This team looks at implementing projects and implementing strategies of how we operate and how we communicate to help us meet and exceed our targets,” he said. “We’re excited about that.”

Philip Mansfield, who is part of the team as manager of Sustainability Programs, said it’s important that sustainability becomes front and centre on campus – especially to students.

“Sustainability is an important element to our research and academics, and a number of our courses around sustainability are growing,” Mansfield said, adding that students expect to come to a campus that cares about the environment.

Luis Rodrigues of Carleton’s partner, Honeywell, congratulated the university on its initiatives across campus.

He also said the Honeywell team is proud to partner with the university.

“We see the program Darryl highlighted as the most comprehensive we’ve seen in the public sector,” Rodrigues said.

Boyce added that it is important to him to improve the university’s facilities, and make them better for generations to come.

“We’re looking forward to continuing this, and really proving that Carleton is a top university in sustainability and energy,” he said.

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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