Progress Highlights from 2016–17
Connects to Goal 3.1, Strategy iv
The university's first building to achieve LEED® Gold certification has added another impressive award to its roster (LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™).
Triffo Hall has been recognized as an exemplary historical building by BOMA, the Building Owners and Managers Association, winning The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) 2016 at both the local and national levels. At the end of June, it competed at the international level.
The building, originally completed in 1915, has been prized for its incredible restoration, which retained 98 per cent of the original structure. The complex retrofit in 2009 transformed the two-storey structure—which has been used for laboratories, dancing studios, and even a cow barn—into a model for sustainable design applied to the restoration of an historic building.
“We are thrilled to follow up our BOMA BEST certification with a TOBY Award. It’s through the hard work of many people that has brought us to this point.”
—Ray Dumouchel, associate director of Buildings and Grounds Services at the University of Alberta
Connects to Goal 3.2, Strategy ii
The university expanded its fleet this year with another eco-friendly addition: the Chevy Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle suitable for longer trips, such as from North Campus to Augustana Campus (from Edmonton to Camrose). The Volt joins the university’s Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle that works well for shorter journeys.
While these two cars are the university’s first electric vehicles, the pool has included hybrid vehicles since 2009. Over the next five years, Jim Laverty, manager of the vehicle pool, will continue to monitor the market, seeking to expand the number of electric vehicles in the pool. He says the vehicle pool team will likely purchase a second Volt, a model that was selected after researching all the electric vehicle options on the market. Laverty stresses the importance of finding the right vehicle for the job, and in that sense, the Leaf and the Volt have both been great successes.
“I see these electric vehicles as being a real cost-saver. Once we get some better data on them, we’ll know just how much we are saving on them and we’ll be able to apply those savings into expanding our program."
"It’s an economical, cost-effective solution that is also helping to save the environment. That’s kind of win-win.”
—Jim Laverty, manager of the Vehicle Pool
Connects to Goal 3.7, Strategy iv
As part of the 2017 Sustainability Scholars cohort, graduate student Kateryna Pashkovska developed a guide for considering sustainability when purchasing promotional items ("swag"). The Sustainable Swag Guide offers guidance for sourcing environmentally and socially-responsible products. The included rubric makes the purchasing process easier for any university department planning promotional events, conferences and giveaway contests.