Sustainability – the preservation of our collective future – is one of Humber’s six core institutional values, as laid out in our 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. To that end, we have embraced a comprehensive sustainability strategy – one that is deeply integrated in every aspect of our organization. Ultimately, our vision is to provide leadership for other institutions, both nationally and globally.
Recognizing that mitigating the effects of climate change is of provincial, national and global importance, we have developed a 20 year Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) to address the institution’s energy and water consumption more strategically, and have committed to some ambitious goals:
- Reduce energy use by 50% per square foot by 2034
- Reduce water use a further 50% per student by 2034
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2034
- Create a campus-wide energy culture by emphasizing sustainability within the curriculum and throughout the Humber community
To achieve these outcomes specified within the IEMP, we are developing industry-leading energy efficiency methodologies, including new performance benchmarks, scalable models for use by other institutions and programs to educate the next generation of sustainability professionals.
Phase I initiatives, supported in part by the federal government’s Strategic Investment Fund, and scheduled for April 2018 completion, are expected to provide a 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption, a 40 per cent reduction in water consumption and are expected to retire $5.3 million in deferred maintenance costs.
Phase 1 initiatives to be substantially complete by April, 2018 include such items as:
- A ‘reskinned’ building envelope and upgrade to HVAC systems, Building N, North Campus
- A recladding of Building E, North Campus
- Conversion to LED lighting with daylight and occupancy control systems, North & Lakeshore
- Retrofit or replacement of existing plumbing fixtures to ultra-low water consumption options, North & Lakeshore
- Metering infrastructure to monitor/measure energy performance of individual systems in buildings, including upgrades to existing Building Automation Systems, North & Lakeshore
- Lakeshore, Chiller Plant Optimization