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Campuses Conference Facilities Embrace Eco-Friendly Practices


Canada-wide, campuses are introducing a wide range of environmentally-friendly facilities and procedures into their on-site conference amenities.

By Valerie Ward, Campus Meetings 2009

eco-friendly campusCompiled from www.academica.ca. For full information about these and other news items, visit the site, provided by Academica Group Inc., a leading education marketing consultant group for the post-secondary education sector.

Aug 19, 2008
The University of Victoria’s Engineering/Computer Science Building has been awarded gold level status under the LEED green building rating program, making it the second on-campus building to receive such status and one of seven LEED-certified buildings in Victoria.

Jul 25, 2008
York University president Mamdouh Shoukri has introduced a Sustainability Council, with board representation from across the university community, including students. To convene in September, the council will discuss initiatives to better address pan-university sustainability.

Jun 25, 2008
The University of Victoria officially opened its new $37.7-million Social Sciences and Mathematics Building, built to meet LEED gold standards. It features two green roofs, patio gardens, and recycled construction materials, such as clay and wood damaged by the mountain pine beetle.

May 20, 2008
Partnering with a Vancouver energy management software company, the University of British Columbia has launched a public monitoring research project to to track energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions savings in five campus buildings.

Mar 20, 2008
The University of Windsor plans to set the gold standard in sustainability with a new medical education building to include a living wall of plants in its atrium, to act as a biofilter. The facility will perform 53% better than the model energy code, use some recycled construction materials, and collect and repurpose rain water.

Feb 28, 2008
Humber College has a new teaching and research facility that will double as a living lab of sustainable construction. A joint effort of the college, the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Centre for Urban Ecology will offer visitor paths through gardens, forests, meadows and wetlands.



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