A Sustainable Policy Framework


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A Sustainable Policy Framework

  1. 1. Royal Roads University Sustainability Plan<br />Congreso de compromiso social, espíritu y valores de la Universidad<br />OrganizaciónUniversitariaInteramericana OUIUniversidad Técnica Particular de Loja<br />5 de mayo, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Vision and Principles<br />Special purpose University <br />Sustainability: a key principle<br />Sustainable Policy Framework <br />Environmental Stewardship Policy<br />Corporate Social Responsibility Policy<br />B.C. Government’s Climate Action Plan<br />University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada<br />Tallories Declaration<br />
  3. 3. GOALS: Initiatives, Timelines, Solutions, and Stewardship Responsibilities<br />Teaching sustainable leadership <br />Responsibility as environmental/social stewards <br />Holistic and eco-centric perspective and approach to sustainable solutions<br />Green Innovation<br />50% GHG reduction by 2020 (baseline 2007)<br />Carbon neutrality by 2010<br />Going “off-grid” by 2018<br />
  4. 4. 5 Key Initiatives <br />1 Greenhouse Gas Management<br />2 Going “Grid Positive” (after off-grid)<br />3 Transportation Demand Management<br />4 Ecological-Sensitive Siting and Heritage Conservation<br />5 University Stewardship<br />
  5. 5. Greenhouse Gas Management<br />BC’s Climate Action Plan (Bills 18, 27, 44)<br />Comprehensive inventory of all GHG emissions (Smarttool) 2009- 1549 tonnes of co2 <br />Address carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2010, reducing GHG’s by 50% from 2007 by 2020<br />Recommend options reduction and offsetting of the major sources of GHGs<br />
  6. 6. Going “Grid Positive”<br />Between 2001 and 2005 RRU reduced it annual energy consumption by 30%.<br />Sustainable development of built environment – the new LIC – LEED gold. Future Bateman Centre – Living Building. <br />Waste and Energy Resource Recovery Centre – RRU is now looking at a District Energy System, linking to the broader community.<br />3 approaches: <br /><ul><li>small scale co-generation facility
  7. 7. small scale compost facility
  8. 8. small wastewater treatment facility </li></li></ul><li>Resource Recover Centre<br />
  9. 9. Transportation Demand Management<br />Study was completed in 2007. Recommended reducing the current modal split of 90% single occupant vehicles to 55% over 6 years, increase carpooling from 3% to 15% and transit use from 4% to 18%.<br />Some positive steps to date: Elimination of 2 parking lots for the LIC, bus turnaround at the top of campus, re-locating the Bateman Centre from the core of campus.<br />Bcom student project and Student Sustainability Committee – Carpooling/Rideshare – “Double pass on the Dash”.<br />Other recommendations – double parking fee, free first week, UPASS referendum, priority parking, Bulletin board in LIC, and free coffee for carpoolers! $25.00/SAFE fund.<br />
  10. 10. Ecological-Sensitive Siting and Heritage Conservation <br />Heritage conservation status<br />Ecologically diverse environment and a significant National Historic site<br />First Nations (T.E.K) – Gathering Place; Bateman Centre Blessing<br />Federal Heritage Building Review Office (FHBRO) and the commemorative Integrity Statement (CIS)<br />operations and projects only on disturbed areas, compact and efficient planning, green building standards<br />
  11. 11. University Stewardship<br />MOU with Colwood, NCC, League Assets, CRD<br />Waste management system (diversion of 72.6% of waste from Hartland landfill, including 10 tonnes of paper towel!)<br />Chemical free cleaning – a leader<br />Sustainable purchasing – still need a policy<br />New recycling stations/branding in LIC and the rest of campus <br />BSC student project – Campus Green Guide 2011<br />
  12. 12. Solar Colwood – The City of Colwood<br />The City of Colwood has four major goals for this program:<br />To reduce energy costs for its residents and businesses<br />To create local jobs, encourage skills training and support the local economy<br />To ‘put Colwood on the map’ as a green learning university city and encourage technology tourism<br />To reduce greenhouse gas emissions<br /> <br />Aims to move a whole community toward energy conservation and renewable clean energy<br />
  13. 13. Components of Solar Colwood<br />Solar Colwood involves four major elements:<br />Municipal Retrofits – Colwood Fire Hall with Solar hot water heating and solar PV<br />Energy Retrofits – support for homes and business with solar hot water heating and other energy efficiency/clean retrofits<br />New Building – work with a developer to showcase solar and Smart Home/Smart Grid applications in a mixed use commercial/residential development<br />Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure – installing EV charging infrastructure at various locations around the City, including at-home, at-work and on-the-go applications<br /> <br />To retrofit 1,000 homes with solar hot water heating over the next three years, and to demonstrate other clean energy options<br />
  14. 14. Supporting Components of Solar Colwood<br />Creating a training program to provide qualified energy assessors and installer<br />Developing a monitoring and reporting program, and a research assessment of solar thermal systems life-cycles. Conducted by Royal Roads University. Two BSC student projects key to our success!<br />Establishing education and outreach through energy conservation and community awareness programs.<br />Forming partnerships with T’Sou-ke First Nation, Royal Roads University, SolarBC, Horizon Technologies, BC Hydro, Terasen, Province of British Columbia, League Assets Corporation, West Shore Chamber of Commerce, and a major electronics company.<br /> <br />Actions to create jobs, reduce energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions<br />
  15. 15. That plan recently earned Royal Roads a silver rating from <br />the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education<br />
  16. 16. Sustainable Engagement, Education and Research<br />Education and Research<br />Philosophy & Motto “Living Learning laboratory<br />Sustainability in Academic Programming<br />Bateman Centre for Art and Environmental Education<br />Employee Engagement and Community Outreach<br />Local community: Key partner in the success of the University’s Sustainability Plan (Colwood Green Learning City, student projects, research)<br />Students: Sustainability Committee, goBEYOND, SIFE<br />Staff & Faculty:<br />
  17. 17. Green Conferencing & Inventory Audit<br />
  18. 18. Conclusion<br />The RRU Sustainability Plan:<br /><ul><li>Promotes education and research
  19. 19. Creates a climate neutral, grid positive campus
  20. 20. Increases public awareness and understanding of sustainability issues
  21. 21. Requires participation and stewardship from faculty, staff, students and the local community</li></li></ul><li>