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with a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. “In the design process, when we engage consultants, from the outset we inform them what type of building we are interested in and part of our specs are that it has to be a LEED-certified building,” explains Dr. Mohamed Attalla, Assistant Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer. “We also have our own design standards for certain components, and we recommend that these components be used in the building.” Since the policy’s induction in 2005, McMaster has built 12 buildings that meet at least LEED Silver certification. Five of these actually meet the Gold standard or higher, including an addition to their

much celebrated Nuclear Research Building, in addition to the CANMET building, which has a LEED Platinum designation. The Sustainability Division of Facilities Services at McMaster University has implemented a campus bike share system, involving 6 bike stations and 60 bikes, which provides an active transportation option for the campus community and is one of many joint efforts between McMaster and the City of Hamilton.” The campus is also well served by all major transit operators, the provincial carpooling service, and Community CarShare, the city’s non-profit car-sharing co-operative. McMaster University was named a Smart Commute Workplace for 2014. WASTE RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING OPTIONS.


Since its inauguration in 1887, McMaster University has moved, jumping from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930. Ranked 2nd in Ontario and 66th globally in UI’s GreenMetric World University Ranking (2014), and with 30,000 students and 7,500 staff, McMaster is one of the leaders in environmental sustainability in higher education in Ontario. The Energy Management and Sustainability Division of Facilities Services at McMaster leads the university’s sustainability efforts. One of its most effective strategies has been the Sustainable Building Policy. Put into practice in 2005, which only allows a new building or major renovation to be constructed on campus if it complies SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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