Power Smart Excellent Award Finalist

    • Monday, October 15, 2012

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)— Capilano University is one of three finalists for BC Hydro’s 2012 Power Smart Excellence Award in the Energy Conservation Commitment category. The winners will be announced on October 18, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
      The Power Smart Excellence Awards, held every two years, acknowledge business customers and retail/industry partners who demonstrate best-in-class energy management and conservation. The Energy Conservation Commitment award recognizes organizations with an outstanding corporate commitment to energy conservation in B.C. and for whom energy management and long-term integrated energy management plans are part of their business practice. Achieving this award can be the foundation for attaining Power Smart Leader status in the future. The 2012 finalists in this category are Capilano University, ICBC and Shared Services BC. 
      “It’s very exciting to be recognized for what we’ve accomplished,” says energy manager, Laura Williams. “It’s been five years since Capilano University established a team to champion energy management and sustainability on campus. Leadership and support from this team along with the dedication and passion of hundreds of campus community members have made us a leader in this area.
      “We are very grateful for our partnerships with BC Hydro and FortisBC that have provided funding for a full-time energy manager and energy specialist, as well as project incentives and support. Strategic energy management at our institution has ensured decreasing energy costs, which contributes to affordable student programming along with comfortable working and learning spaces, and models ‘smart’ living that is achievable and fiscally sensible in our community.”
      Capilano University is one of the first universities in B.C. to embed energy conservation and sustainability into its mainstream course curriculum. The university is on track to meet its five-year target goal of 25 per cent in energy consumption reductions. Capilano saved 1.6 gigawatt hours of energy (equivalent to the yearly power requirement for 180 B.C. homes) annually through energy-efficiency upgrades including mechanical and lighting system retrofits along with behavioural change and engagement initiatives. As part of the Power Smart New Construction program, Capilano’s new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation was built to LEED Gold standards, which should save 250,000 kilowatt hours per year. 
      By the end of 2012, Capilano University will have replaced all exterior lighting on all three campuses with LED technology, saving the university more than 75% of energy costs; these fixtures will last for at least 20 years, so significant maintenance savings will also be realized.
      Year two of Capilano’s successful Get Ur Fleece On! program, which provides branded fleece blankets and engagement/education to all employees about dressing appropriately during the heating season and keeping thermostats turned down, gets underway next week.
      “Many more exciting conservation opportunities exist at Capilano,” says Williams. “It’s my hope that in the months and years ahead, we will continue to strive for excellence using our strategic energy management plan. Ongoing energy awareness education and community engagement will ensure Capilano University continues to benefit from its energy savings achievements while building toward future success.”