Ontario college and university sustainability announcement

As part of its Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario is investing in energy improvements at college and university campuses.

The initiative was announced Monday at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Chris Ballard, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced the energy efficient project alongside Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of Humber College and Franco Vaccarino, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph.   

“Ontario’s colleges and universities are some of the best places in the world to study,” says Hunter. “By investing in repairs and retrofits on campuses across the province that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, we can extend the life of valuable infrastructure and provide students with the best possible learning environment to pursue their goals and achieve their potential.”

The funding will be used to install energy-efficient windows and high-efficiency boiler replacements, projects that reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs through interest-free loans.

The plan will also help upgrade spaces on campus and provide new construction for projects that achieve significant emission reductions.

Under Humber’s Integrated Energy Master Plan, Whitaker says the college is on track to reduce energy and water use by 50 per cent by 2034.

“As one of Canada's Greenest Employers, Humber is committed to promoting and implementing sustainability across our campuses,” says Whitaker. “This new funding will help us continue to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and foster a strong culture of sustainability with our students and employees.”