Capilano University is actively setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, lower costs and improve sustainability on campus.

CapU is carbon neutral and has been since 2010 as a participant in the Carbon Neutral Government Program.

Our goal is to demonstrate leadership by:

  • Incorporating sustainable practices into energy management plans
  • Embedding energy conservation into policies
  • Promoting sustainable transportation to and from campus
  • Reducing our consumption of paper
  • Providing learning opportunities through programs and events

University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada (pdf)

Need for sustainable action

CapU is reducing emissions and cutting down on energy use. 85 per cent of our emissions come from using natural gas to heat our buildings. As the climate changes, we also need to adapt our campus. A full adaptation plan is in development, and we are beginning to implement key changes, like adding cooling to buildings.

Climate change solutions

Capilano University is committed to reducing GHG emissions through the redevelopment of campus buildings. In 2010, CapU Sustainability set a target to reduce GHG emissions 33 per cent by 2015. We exceeded this goal by 2014. This was our first target on the path to reducing our emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. CapU Sustainability aims to find better ways of heating and cooling the campus as technology advances.

Adopting new technologies also gives our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students opportunities to study in a living laboratory.

Carbon neutral action reporting

Capilano University is mandated under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act to measure campus emissions, work to reduce them and report on campus progress. The Provincial Climate Action Plan legislation requires us to report our emissions in key areas including:

  • Buildings (electricity and natural gas consumption)
  • Paper
  • Vehicle fuel use

These assessments help CapU measure how current programs are reducing emissions on campus. Contact us at sustainability@capilanou.ca for more information.

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