Carbon Footprint Reduction

In November 2008, on behalf of The University of The Fraser Valley, President Skip Bassford joined as a signatory to the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action, committing the institution to a position of environmental leadership, "by sharing knowledge, research and best practices about climate change with our students and the public..." Signatories further committed their organizations to the pursuit of "responsible solutions to address the climate change challenge as set forth in the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action." This timely declaration formalized the University of the Fraser Valley’s longstanding organizational commitment and practice of sustainability, in four key areas:

Operations: Energy management and energy efficiency are key elements in our operations goal to reduce our carbon emissions. Our approach and commitment is for continuous improvement, disciplined by economically sound investment principles, and informed overall by the University Master Plan.

Capital projects: UFV capital projects are committed to achieve LEED gold standard. This standard was applied to the new construction component of the C building project

Curriculum: The "Fraser Valley Initiative on Environment, Learning, and Developing Sustainability (FIELDS)" proposal. This challenges the teaching community to both curriculum development and integration of sustainability concepts into existing curriculum across the institution.

Community outreach: An active agenda of engagement with various communities in topic area of sustainability ranging from global warming to solid waste management

Sustainability for the New Student Union Building

The new Student Union Building (SUB) at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, is an exciting opportunity to construct and operate a sustainable building that will chart a path for sustainable campus and community development.

The new SUB will serve as a platform for learning and action around sustainability, promoting adaptive patterns of sustainable community life. The project will attain a minimum LEED Gold certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction Green Building Rating System.

Sustainability Objectives

Energy cost savings 50% below the ASHRAE 90.1 standard
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of 50% relative to a standard design
Water consumption reduction of 40% relative an average water efficient design
Sustainable purchasing and waste management
High degree of indoor environmental quality through daylight, ventilation, and indoor air quality

Student  input is important!  Any thoughts, ideas, tips, concerns about the new SUB can be directed to:
UFV Sustainability Coordinator.  
sheena.adams@ufv.ca

 

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