October 14, 2016: Capilano University has lost tonnes of weight

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University is proud to announce it achieved its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 33 per cent a year ahead of schedule and exceeded it by nearly 20 percent. To celebrate, the University is hosting Sustainability Week on campus, October 24 to 28, 2016.

      Capilano University offsets its emissions and has been carbon neutral since 2010, as part of the Province of British Columbia’s commitment to a Carbon Neutral Government. The University reduced its GHG emissions by nearly 53 per cent from its 2007 baseline – or 1,445 tonnes of carbon dioxide – by replacing building equipment, improving operations and fostering behavioural changes across campus. Reducing its GHG emissions by 67 per cent from the 2007 baseline by 2020, and 80 per cent by 2050 are among the University’s next priorities.

      “Congratulations to Capilano University for cutting their emissions in half and setting a strong example for the public sector in our province,” says North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite. “This is the type of leadership we envisioned when British Columbia committed to being a climate action leader in 2008.” 

      British Columbia has achieved carbon neutrality each year since 2010 across its entire provincial public sector including hospitals, universities, colleges, schools and government operations – a first in North America.

      Paul Dangerfield, Capilano University’s president, notes that in reducing emissions, the University has lowered energy costs, which has enabled further investment in Cap’s facilities and energy saving initiatives. 

      “Reduction targets support the business case for upgrades to buildings and equipment, promote energy efficiency, make other sustainable choices possible and ensure investments move the University to a more sustainable place,” says Dangerfield.

      “Capilano University’s success demonstrates what is possible across B.C.,” says William Demopoulos, the University’s sustainability manager. “With a little Canadian willpower, teamwork and a small shift in priorities, we can dramatically reduce climate emissions together.”

      The launch party for the University’s Sustainability Week will be held on October 24, 2016 from 11 a.m. to noon. Suzanne Spence, executive director with the Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat, will speak at the Monday event. The Secretariat coordinates climate action and helps drive change to achieve B.C.’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent below 2007 levels by 2050, while preparing for climate impacts.

      The campus and broader community are invited to participate in several climate and energy-focused events throughout the week. Representatives of not-for-profit organizations that focus on clean energy, GHG mitigation and climate change adaptation will gather to highlight opportunities for immediate action during Climate Action Day on October 25, 2016 and students, staff and visitors can check out electric vehicles, ranging from Segways to sports cars, on October 26, 2016. 

      See a detailed listing of the week’s events here

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t: 604.983.7596
      c: 778.879.7119
      e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca