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Capilano University a finalist for a Power Smart Excellence Award

Capilano University is a finalist in the Energy Conservation Commitment Award category for the 2012 Power Smart Excellence Awards (PSEA). The Energy Conservation Commitment Award recognizes organizations with an outstanding corporate commitment to energy conservation in British Columbia. Energy management is a continuing part of their business practice, together with longterm integrated energy management plans. Achieving this award can be the foundation for attaining Power Smart Leader status in the future. The Power Smart Leader designation is BC Hydro’s highest level of customer recognition. The 2012 awards ceremony will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on October 18.

Capilano University wins coveted environmental award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University is the recipient of the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s 2012 Environmental Award in the Educator’s category for its forward-thinking work in sustainability.

Nominated by Encorp Pacific (Canada) for waste audits conducted by the university in fall 2011, RCBC Environmental Awards recognize the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations make toward preserving British Columbia’s environment.

Capilano University and Encorp performed a pilot program aimed at increasing the use of onsite containers for recyclable beverages at Cap’s North Vancouver campus. A 2010 Beverage Container Return Study found that single men between the ages of 18 to 34 living in urban areas are the highest discarders of beverage containers. A heavy discarder is defined as those who typically discard at least two containers per week (not recycle). They are likely to work outside the home or are students.

“This is really exciting news, says Cap’s facilities manager, Susan Doig. “While Cap is regarded as a leader in post-secondary in managing waste and implementing waste management programs, it views this partnership as a way to become even better.”

Students in Cap’s Environmental Geography program and Tourism and Outdoor Rec program performed waste audits at the North Vancouver campus on September 20 and November 15. Audit results were then compiled and recommendations made that assisted Encorp in implementing this project at other post-secondary institutions.

Encorp and Cap U are currently developing the work plan for another a waste audit in September. Last year’s venture involved close to 100 Cap U students who participated in the project as part of their coursework.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to participate in a real-life work experience for a cause that is in alignment with the university’s values,” said Mitra Kiamanesh, instructor in Capilano University’s school of business. “It’s also exciting for them to know that they personally are helping to increase awareness of such an important issue.”

Capilano University is a learner-centred university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Opened in 1968, enrolment today totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Currently, 708 international students from 52 countries are studying in 43 programs at Capilano, with an estimated economic impact of $31.9 million. Capilano University offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

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Sustainability makes its way into curriculum at Capilano University

BC Hydro presents prizes to the Cap U winners of a sustainability challenge contest.

Four Capilano University instructors were acknowledged by BC Hydro on November 8 for successfully embedding sustainability and conservation into their existing programs and course materials. A cheque for $2,000 each went to Cap’s psychology instructor Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani (missing from photo); tourism and outdoor rec instructor, Roy Jantzen (third from right); and English instructor, Dr. Aurelea Mahood (fourth from right). Tourism and business instructor, Jorge Oceguera (third from left), won a $100 gift certificate for creativity and imagination. On hand to present the prizes were BC Hydro program manger Simon Vickers (far left), BC Hydro key account manager Ron Mastromonaco (second from left), and Capilano University president Dr. Kris Bulcroft (fourth from left). Also seen in the photo are Cap’s energy manager, Laura Williams (second from right), and energy specialist, Colin Dalziel (far right).

The instructors took part in the inaugural BC Hydro challenge contest to help create a culture of energy literacy in B.C. by building capacity within all disciplines of education. The contest was held in conjunction with the Sustainability in Education Across the Province conference hosted at Cap last May.

Since the inception of energy management at Cap, the institution has realized more than $424,000 in energy savings and raised more than $1.3 million in external funding (more than 50% coming from BC Hydro). The university is close to reaching its five-year goal of a 25% decrease in energy consumption, set in 2008. 

With utility rates and resource costs unstable and typically rising, energy management offers an investment into the university. Conservation and strategic energy management makes sense financially, environmentally, and socially. With fiscal and environmental stewardship integral to each other and by modeling sustainability at Cap, the university will benefit from improved indoor and outdoor spaces, lower risk adversity and greater financial stability, all while reducing its energy costs, consumption and carbon footprint.  

In 2010, Cap’s buildings’ energy consumption represented 94% of its total greenhouse gas emissions. As the university strives towards continuing reductions to its carbon footprint, this will also result in decreasing costs for mandatory offset purchases, as required by LiveSmart BC, in order to be net zero. In 2010, carbon offsets cost Cap $54,000.