St. LAwrence College
Member Since: 2016
Baseline Year: 2010
Baseline GHG Emissions: 2,746 tonnes CO2-equivalent
About the Member:
- With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 8,000 students, and more than 85,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year.
- As part of its ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada.
Highlighted Sustainability Projects:
- Each year, St. Lawrence College completes a waste audit. Outcomes of past audits include a coffee cup recycling program, composting in kitchens on all campuses, and the pilot front of house compost program on Cornwall campus.
- St. Lawrence College has adopted the Environmental Responsibility and Energy Efficiency Policy which applies to all purchases made. We are becoming leaders in using environmentally friendly and energy efficient products, and contributing to the growth of green industry.
- Approximately 250 high efficiency furnaces have been installed in apartments and town houses, with an additional 250 planned for the remainder of the year. All new furnaces are rated at 96% average fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), complete with variable speed, direct current motors, and programmable thermostats.
- In Fall 2011, Kingston and Brockville campuses began construction of Ontario’s largest post-secondary rooftop solar installation that feeds clean energy into the grid.
- The Kingston system sits on top of the main building and student residence, and provides 250kW of electricity with over 1200 solar panels. The Brockville project adds another 100kW with 440 panels.
- In 2007, St. Lawrence College invested 6.6 million dollars in an Energy Management Plan to reduce energy consumption, reduce energy costs and improve the overall building conditions for students and staff. The plan improved lighting, temperature and air quality, and resulted in an average overall energy savings of $585,000 annually.
- The 2007 trash audit revealed a huge amount of organic waste that could be put to better use. In response, composting began in all campus kitchens and 17,000 kg of useful organic waste is diverted from the garbage stream every year.