THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY PROMOTES COURSES WHICH EXPLORE DIFFERENT FACETS OF SUSTAINABILITY FROM A HOLISTIC, INTER-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE.
In addition to sustainable transportation, McMaster has implemented waste diversion measures to separate recyclables and compostable waste at the source. The program is tracked and the diversion rate information is made available to the community to promote ongoing improvement and education. Since 2009, biannual IT collection events have aimed to collect, reuse, and recycle electronic waste. The university’s efforts have successfully diverted a significant amount of landfill waste. ENERGY MANAGEMENT McMaster University is consistently ranked amongst the most research intensive universities in Canada, particularly in health research and engineering sciences. Science research is highly energy intensive due to the high conditioned air flows required in labs for safety purposes as well as data centers. With more than 80% of the campus carbon emissions attributed to the campus energy consumption, Dr. Mohamed Attalla - the executive in charge of McMaster’s Facility Services, Energy Management and Sustainability Division - led the development of the $22 million capital budget five year Energy Management Plan (EMP) (2013-2018). The Energy Management Plan has been designed 36 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
to take environmental, social, and economic factors into account and is enforced through rigorous metering and monitoring. Dr. Attalla explains how the McMaster Facility Services Energy Management and Sustainability Division is promoting sustainable initiatives and overseeing the execution of the university’s Energy Management Plan. “The Facility Services Energy Management and Sustainability Division champions sustainability not only in new buildings but in any
other initiatives that are related to greening and reducing any environmental impact of activity on campus. The Energy Management plan is very ambitious and it aims to reduce our energy consumption by 20%. This would be accomplished through the completion of 18 initiatives, a lot of which concentrate on lighting, cogeneration plans, HVAC, and air handling. The provincial government energy body in Ontario, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), supports certain initiatives