Implementing an Integrated Sustainability Energy Master Plan
Understanding the long term requirements of the campus facilities was a key element in developing an Integrated Sustainability and Energy Master Plan. This involved evaluating Carleton’s long-term needs and then selecting a partner with the required capabilities to assess our current energy infrastructure, prioritize the opportunities, and develop a comprehensive plan of upgrades for critical infrastructure systems on and individual building level as well as the Campus Infrastructure. Our approach involved a simultaneous plan to:
Our process started with the evaluation and retrofit of one pilot facility, allowing us to test and adjust our processes prior to campus wide implementation including project development, implementation, and internal awareness initiatives. The test building was predominately occupied by administrative departments, the second phase involves the Athletics facilities. Our aging central utility plant was also identified as a major risk and opportunity point for the university. Preliminary assessments have indicated that significant improvement opportunities exist including the application of a co-generation initiative. This will further improve the plant efficiency while contributing to our risk mitigation strategy. A key element overlies our entire program focusing on engaging our key stakeholders, effectively our students, faculty and staff. The use of a comprehensive communication and awareness strategy which has been developed utilizing various engagement strategies such as energy days, media outreach and social media.
1. Participants will hear of the critical steps in developing a comprehensive energy and sustainability program.
2. Participants wil be exposed to an effective approach to evaluating and prioritizing key opportunities.
3. Participants will learn how to utilize specific initiatives to engage key stakeholders and have them contribute to the success of the program.
Darryl Boyce, Carlton University; Luis Rodriguez, Honeywell