Facilities Management

Sustainability

With growing concerns about global energy shortages and the impacts of human activity on the environment, FM has turned a great deal of attention to the advancement of green technology and sustainability. FM staff want to help Western become a leading educational institution in sustainability and stewardship and this page is dedicated to their recognized efforts.

2015

Western recognized for environmental leadership

Minister of Environment and Climate Change with FM employees

Arthur Potts, parliamentary assistant, Dan Larkin and Mary Quintana from Facilities Management, and Glen Murray, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Purple Pride turned a bit ‘green’ as Western was named among only nine recipients of the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence, an honour announced today by the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Launched on World Water Day in 2011, the award recognizes local environmental and sustainable achievement, leadership and innovation, honouring individuals and organizations working to enhance and protect the environment. Since its inception, the program has recognized the environmental achievements of 40 organizations.

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Western is featured in Annual Princeton Review for third straight year

Western joined British Columbia, Calgary, Victoria and Windsor as the only five Canadian universities profiled in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. In this sixth edition of the guide, The Princeton Review profiled 353 schools in the United States and Canada, that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.


2014

STARS Gold Accreditation

STARS - AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System

Western shot for the STARS and landed on Gold.

The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) recently awarded Western a Gold rating for its sustainability on campus. The university is one of three in Canada with a Gold rating under STARS 2.0, the most recent version of the system. Simon Fraser and Victoria join Western on the podium with the rating.

The achievement is a welcome improvement from Western’s Silver ranking in 2011. <Read More>

For more information on STARS, visit the Western Sustainability page.

Annual Princeton Review recognizes Western

For the second consecutive year, Western joined The University of British Columbia as one of only two Canadian universities profiled in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

In this fifth edition of the guide, The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, profiled 332 schools in the United States, and two in Canada, that demonstrated notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. 

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2013

Recycling Council of Ontario Waste Minimization Award

RCO Waste Minimization Award

Stefanie De Adder and Paul Martin accept the RCO Award

Representatives from the Facilities Management Division received the university’s third consecutive Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario. The annual recognition, honours organizations across the province for their efforts in waste reduction and diversion.

Several recent advancements to the waste collection process can be directly linked to the university’s success. [Read more in our News section]

WesternU Recognized in Annual Princeton Review

Less than three months after releasing its universitywide sustainability strategy, Creating a Sustainable Western Experience, Western joined The University of British Columbia as the only two Canadian universities profiled in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. In this fourth edition of the guide, The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, profiled 320 schools in the United States, and two in Canada, that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Western was mentioned for its commitment to energy-related retrofits and renovations in the last three years and noted the institution’s commitment to embed “sustainability into every facet of daily life.” More than 2,300 North American schools, including more than 100 Canadian, responded to The Princeton Review survey. Institutions were required to achieve a score of 83 on a variety of sustainability criteria to be profiled.

2012

Ontario Business Achievement Award (OBAA) - Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAO) Corporate Governance Award

OBAA - ICAO

Jim Galbraith accepting award from ICAO President & CEO, Rob Barr

The win highlighted dozens of Western’s green initiatives including:

Western has demonstrated excellence in leadership, awareness and education for initiatives such as the creation of the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES), residence recycling awareness nights and the introduction of a new environment and energy manager position.
(Read more from Western News)

Business Achievement Award for Environmental Leadership

Award for Enivronmental Leadership

FM team recieves award from Mayor of London, Joe Fontana

Western’s sustainability efforts reached a “significant milestone” last night as the university took home the Environmental Leadership Award presented by the London Chamber of Commerce at its annual Business Achievement Awards, the largest business awards gala of its kind in Canada. The university was nominated by recycling service provider BFI Canada Inc.
(Read more from Western News)


2011

Recycling Council of Ontario Waste Minimization Award

Waste Minimalization Award

Jim Galbraith, Paul Martin, and Beverley Ayeni

The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization involved in policy, education and project work around the issues of consumption, waste generation, reduction and diversion, and recycling.

The Waste Minimalization Award was granted to Western for demonstrated environmental commitment to waste reduction and diversion.

Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award

Oracle Award of Excellence

Energy & Environment Manager, Beverley Ayeni, accepting the Oracle award

Western University was the recipient of the 'Eco-Enterprise Innovation' award at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

This award was presented to Western University for taking an environmental lead to improve business efficiencies using green business practices. The university deployed an Oracle-based solution to reduce costs and redundancy, improve efficiency and service, and simplify and optimize processes.

For specific improvements made by the University, visit the Western Sustainability Awards & Recognitions page.

Zero Waste Status Recognition

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA defines zero waste as "businesses or communities that achieve over 90% diversion of waste from landfills and incinerators"

With a strong recycling program and a committed group of occupants, Westminster Hall was Western University's first building to be recognized by the Zero Waste International Alliance for achieving Zero Waste status, making Western University the first higher learning institution in the world to be recognized by the ZWIA.

Facilities Management (formerly Physical Plant) commissioned environmental consulting group, CD Sonter to complete the audits, reduction plans, and submit their application to the Zero Waste International Alliance on their behalf. The project is a natural extension of the recycling program as it provides recognition to compliant buildings.

STARS Silver Accreditation

STARS - AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System

Western University submitted its first STARS report in August 2011

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities in Canada and the United States to measure their sustainability performance. A common set of measurements within the categories of Education and Research, Planning Administration and Engagement, and Operations allows post-secondary institutions to compare their sustainability progress over time. The results and answers of each STARS assessment are displayed at: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/rated/ for all to see, creating incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability. This public forum also facilitates information sharing about sustainability practices, performances and policies.

For more information on STARS, visit the Western Sustainability page.


2010

Urban League of London Green Brick

Green Brick Award

Denis O'Carroll, George Qubty, Andrew Hrymak, Roy Langille

The Green Brick Award recognizes development projects that encourage community participation during design and construction phases.

Western received the Green Brick Award for its incorporation of green features in the Claudette MacKay Lassonde Pavilion, as well as its inclusion of engineering students during the preliminary design process of this building.
(Read more from Western News)

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