Energy & Water
Facilities Management has a multi-disciplinary team who works on conservation and efficiency projects with partners of Western. For the last 25 years, our experts have made improvements to the buildings and their systems to save both water and energy. A few of our initiatives include:
Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
FM has invested in both a hybrid car and
electric vehicles reinforcing a commitment to alternative fuels and reducing carbon footprint.
- Are virtually silent
- Can travel up to a maximum speed of 40km/h
- Are licensed for road use, although they are intended to be used in a closed environment, such as a university campus
- According to the distributor, Vantage low speed electric vehicles can reduce annual carbon emissions by more than nine tons and operate for one-tenth the cost of comparable gas-powered units
- Western is the first university in Ontario and the second in Canada to purchase these electric vans
Solar Powered LED Lamps
The University Student Council (USC), in partnership with FM, installed two solar powered LED lamps on campus in the summer of 2012. The project cost $16,000 and is an initiative genereated as a a result of the USC's 2010 Student Legacy Fund Challenge.
- The solar panels are mounted onto two poles along Oxford Drive in front of the University Community Centre
- Energy captured from the solar panels is stored in batteries that directly power the attached LED lamps.
- The lights work on a sensory system, and turn on only when it is dark outside - they store enough energy to stay on until morning
- These solar panels have a life expectancy of 20 years, and the LED lights are expected to last up to 50,000 hours
New Faucets in Residences
Western's utility supplier, Union Gas, delivered hundreds of shower heads, kitchen
sink aerators, and bathroom aerators for a program directed at campus
residences. These new faucets use about 30% less water compared to previous fixtures.
- With thousands of residence units on campus, the estimated water savings could be in the hundreds of
thousands of cubic metres per year
- This project brings awareness to the importance of conserving and also draws attention to the reduction in
energy consumpton associated with low flow faucets
- According to the Union Gas literature, a 100-unit residence can save about $5,000 on water and energy each year and a recieve $900 as an
incentive from the utility supplier
- The project is coordinated by Facilities Engineering’s Steve MacKay and Mary Quintana Lopez
Bottle Refill Stations
EZ H2O Bottle Filling Stations are being installed and can be retrofitted to many current water fountains on campus. The initiative encourages the use of resuable water bottles, minimizing disposable plastic waste in the environment.
- The 'green ticker' counts the quantity of 12 ounce bottles saved from the landfill by refilling reusable water bottles
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