Campus Sustainability Plan
“Sustainability as a Shared Challenge” was one of 20 commitments made by the University of Saskatchewan in its Second Integrated Plan. The Sustainability Commitment Working Group (SCWG) was formed and launched into three years of investigation, benchmarking and extensive stakeholder consultation to understand the gap between where we were and where we should be. From the information gathered, the SCWG derived a list of strategic initiatives designed to infuse sustainability into all areas of campus activity—education, research, operations, governance and community engagement. The Campus Sustainability Plan is the result.
Climate Action Plan
October 1, 2010, upon signing the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada (UCPCCS), the university joined 27 other Canadian post-secondary schools in committing to showing leadership and taking action on climate change. In keeping with our commitments as a signatory, to date the university has accomplished the following:
- An inventory of our GHG emissions, completed in December 2011 and updated in December 2016
- Setting a target to reduce our emissions to 20% below our 2006/07 emissions by 2020
- A Climate Action Plan to achieve that target
- Implementation of the Climate Action Plan is underway
- The development of an Energy and Water Conservation Policy in October 2014
- An Energy Management Plan is currently in the early development stages
Energy Management Planning
The university is committed to energy management to make certain that this resource is used as efficiently as possible while providing adequate levels of service and comfort. In keeping with this commitment, a new Energy and Water Conservation Policy was approved by the Board of Governors on October 9, 2014.
Energy management planning is underway. The process will identify areas of overconsumption and inefficiencies, identify electrical, gas, steam, water conservation opportunities and maintain current utility saving efficiencies. The Energy Steering Committee provides the oversight to develop and lead the university through this process.
A key step in energy management has been taken with the institutional approval of the Energy and Water Conservation Policy.
Energy management projects provide tangible benefits and operational savings that align with the stewardship of our institutional resources.
Energy Steering Committee
Bryan Bilokreli, Capital Planning, VP Finance and Resources (chair)
Colin Tennent, AVP Facilities Management Division
Ron Cruikshank, Director Planning & Development, FMD
Dan Swerhone, Director, Operations & Maintenance, FMD
Quintin Zook, Director Consumer Services
Piya Sen, Director Budget and Special Projects, FSD
Sharla Daviduik, Administrative Officer, School of Environment and Sustainability
Kathryn Theede, Energy & Emissions Office, Office of Sustainability
For more information, please contact Kathryn Theede.