Frequently Asked Questions

    • I'm a staff member, and my area is too hot/too cold. What can I do?

      With the warm summer weather coming requests for fans and cooling are arriving into Facilities.

      The recommended fan to purchase for use on campus is a Dyson.  While they are more expensive than some of the alternatives there are good reasons to purchase a quality unit.

      1. More efficient at moving air 
      2. More energy efficient – 40% savings
      3. Quieter – 75%
      4. Typically double the warranty

      If you need a fan, before ordering, please email to let us know.  We will send a technician to confirm the air handling unit servicing your space has been re-set for summer weather and fully operational. 

      Capilano University is striving to reach our provincially mandated energy consumption reduction target of 33% by December 2015.  That doesn’t mean you have to be too hot/too cold (email Facilities if you are), but working together with an energy efficient solution that will meet your needs, supports us efforts to achieve that target. 

      How do I clean-up a broken CFL?

       To clean-up a broken CFL:

      ·         Leave the room and ventilate for 5-10 minutes before starting clean-up.

      ·         Open windows and doors to the outdoors.

      ·         After ventilation, scoop broken glass and powder onto a piece of stiff paper or cardboard.

      ·         Do not vacuum at this time as it may spread mercury vapour or mercury-containing powder.

      ·         Use sticky tape to pick up smaller particles.

      ·         Wipe the area with a damp disposable cloth or towel.

      ·         Place all collected materials (broken glass, tape, cloth) in a sealed container such as a glass jar with a tight fitting lid or 2 sealed plastic bags. Place outside until you take to a recycling centre.

      ·         After vacuuming the next few times, remove the vacuum bag or empty and wipe the canister with a damp disposable cloth or towel.

      ·         For a list of nearby retail recycling centres visit


      For more details on CFLs, check out the BC Poison Control Centre FAQ:

      How do I save energy at home?

      Visit the FortisBC website for How-to videos for energy saving solutions for your home.

      What are some of the most important actions Capilano University is doing to improve the sustainability on campus?

      Energy management through equipment optimization, and lighting or mechanical efficiency upgrading.  Waste management, reducing the amount going to landfill.  Paper consumption reduction campaigns (PaperSmart), FleetSmart Driver training for all CU drivers, engagement around bike to work, carpooling and sustainable transportation, recycling, composting.  Our newest building, BOSA Centre, has been built to LEED Gold standard

      What can I do to conserve energy?

      Click images below for Power Smart tips (pdf):

      Tips for workTips for home

      How do we conserve energy on campus?

      The campuses have undergone many lighting and mechanical retrofits to increase energy efficiency, and eliminate waste. We have received suggestions from students, staff, and faculty of which many have turned into energy projects. Each of us can do our part by being mindful of our energy use, and turning off lights and appliances when not in use. If you have any suggestions on ways to conserve energy, email us.

      How much energy has Capilano Unersity saved from efficiency projects?

      The cumulative energy savings incurred by all three campuses is the equivalent of 10,453,419 kWh as of Aug. 31st, 2012 (data exported from PUMA software).

      What are Capilano University's energy costs each year?

      The 2011/12 fiscal year combined natural gas and electricity costs across North Vancouver, Squamish, and Sunshine Coast was $ 864,583.

      How much natural gas does Capilano University use annually?

      In our 2011/12 fiscal year annual natural gas consumption by campus was:

      •  North Vancouver: 41,782 GJ
      •  Squamish: 510 GJ
      •  Sunshine Coast: 512 GJ

      How much electricity does Capilano University use annually?

      In our 2011/12 fiscal year annual electricity consumption by campus was:

      •   North Vancouver: 7,119,355 kWh
      •   Squamish: 118,986 kWh
      •   Sunshine Coast: 125,057 kWh