Brock joins regional carbon monitoring initiative

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Brock joins regional carbon monitoring initiative

Published on August 22 2011

Brock University has signed on as a participating organization with the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) — a not-for-profit group that assists local organizations in the measurement, management and reduction of their carbon emissions.

Through NSI, organizations can access cost-reduced carbon management software and other items essential to achieving the competitive advantage of sustainability.

Facilities Management is leading Brock’s involvement in this project.

“Our objective as part of this initiative is to help the University progressively reduce its carbon footprint,” says Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President, Facilities Management at Brock. “We are looking to first understand the extent of our institution’s carbon emissions and then achieve a specified target reduction over a 10-year period.”

Monitoring and data collection will commence in January 2012 for the year to establish the University’s baseline levels of carbon emissions.

The initiative will bring together key stakeholders at the University to monitor their contributions to the NSI’s defined scope of carbon emissions. This group includes but is not limited to Facilities Management, Procurement Services, Food Services, Residences, Conference and Event Services and the Campus Store. Student groups and organizations on campus will also be brought into the fold as the program evolves.

For the purposes of the initiative, the following Brock properties in Niagara will be monitored — Main Campus, East Campus, Rodman Hall and the Brock Research and Innovation Centre. New buildings as well as future property acquisitions by the University within the region will also be subject to inclusion in the program.

The scope of carbon emissions to be monitored under the Carbon Project include: direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources owned or controlled by the University, such as boilers, generation facilities, furnaces and vehicles; indirect GHG emission from electricity purchased by the University; and indirect GHG emissions from employee air and rail business travel.

Brock has signed on to a target reduction of Bronze — a 20 per cent reduction in GHG emission intensity relative to the 2012 baseline over a 10-year period from 2013 to 2023.

Other participating partners in the NSI initiative include: Walker Industries, the City of Welland, Niagara College, Creative Sign Works and Synchro Engineering.