Sustainably Building a Library

As Augustana grows and builds for the future, we have to make sure we do our part to ensure there is a future.

To help do our part, new buildings on campus are being constructed with certain sustainability goals in mind. 

Augustana's Library has:

  • T8 lighting fixtures: These fixtures are physically smaller, requiring less material to create.  Additionally, they provide better light, for longer periods of time, while using less energy to do so.
  • Passive cooling: Greatly reduces energy needs to heat and cool the building.
  • Polished concrete floors: Polished concrete requires no floor covering and very little maintenance.  It can also be recycled.  It is the most sustainable flooring available, aside from a dirt floor.
  • Reduced flow toilets
  • Low-E windows: Filled with Argon, these windows retain more heat in the winter, reducing heating costs.
  • Non V.O.C. paints: Certain paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds which toxify the air.  This is often identified as the bad smell you get in a room after painting.

Cleaning for a Healthy U

In an effort to lessen our impact on the natural environment, Augustana is part of a University-wide sustainable cleaning program, including Green cleaning chemicals and equipment. The University of Alberta has approximately 13,500,000 square feet of buildings to clean, so by changing our cleaning practices we are able to contribute to a cleaner, 'greener' future.  Learn more (PDF)

Prius at the front of AugustanaHybrid Vehicles and Tele-commuting

Augustana invested in purchasing two hybrid vehicles over the years.  Having these vehicles as part of our fleet helps reduce our ecological footprint when vehicular travel is necessary.  Tele-commuting for meetings and video-conferencing has also become more popular on campus and is encouraged.

Student Engagement

A student looking at the Commuter Challenge display As part of the Community Service-Learning component of a first year environmental science course, over 30 students per semester conduct personal action projects that contribute to making Augustana a more sustainable place. Some projects have included:

  • Advocacy and education on water conservation
  • Planning a Commuter Challenge
  • Leading efforts to establish composting on campus  

Storm Water Storage Tank

In an effort to reduce run-off, decrease erosion, increase infiltration, as well as conserve and reuse water, Augustana his installed a 1500 gallon storm water holding tank on campus. Water from this tank will be used to water plants and trees that help make this campus beautiful.