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Sustainability is important to Victoria University. Based on the total amount of waste generated and materials recycled and reused, the waste diversion rate through existing programs at Victoria University is approximately 66%. Victoria University’s diversion rate exceeds the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks (MECP) provincial objective of 60% waste diversion. This is an impressive result.

Victoria University’s Sustainability Committee also includes student representatives from the VUSAC Sustainability Commission. Learn more about the Commission here.

Future Initiatives for 2022-23

Starting in 2022, once university business operations and occupancy reverts to pre-pandemic levels, third-party consultant to carry out energy audits of all our facilities and compare results data to peer facilities to measure energy efficiency performances and improvements required; audits to take place over two years to allow for seasonal observations. 

Planning and installation of standardized 3-compartment bins (garbage, recycling and organics) at all campus buildings and grounds.

On going installation of additional bottle filling stations on campus to reduce plastic bottle waste.

Complete Phase 2 geothermal study at Margaret Addison Hall field.

Develop Vic specific climate action plan in collaboration with U of T and Vic stakeholders.

Publish final mechanical and electrical design standards to promote sustainability.

Consideration for sub-metering of energy use (mechanical and electrical) in all buildings.

Consulting services for replacement/refurbishment of windows at Lower Burwash Hall (phase 2).

Sustainability Annual Report 2021-22: Energy Savings and Sustainability Initiatives

Continuing promotion of recycling and waste diversion program from the Sustainability Committee such as the feasibility of a standardized 3-compartment garbage bins and the possible introduction of incentive programs (i.e. “bring your own mug”) via education.

Installation of sub-meters for the campus-wide irrigation systems to create a baseline and allow remote readings taken regularly, and mitigate water waste.

Creation of Mechanical, Electrical and Construction design standards for Victoria University in compliance with The Energy Modelling Standards. New construction and major renovations where applicable must meet or exceed prescribed energy efficiency standards.

Replacement/refurbishment of windows at Annesley Hall residences to reduce heat loss/drafts and to protect the integrity of this heritage structure.

Replacement of kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures with new low flow fixtures in Lower Burwash Hall Residence.

Energy efficiency feasibility study to install a geothermal system at the Margaret Addison Hall field; phase 1 completed and phase 2 to start in 2022. Phase 2 includes drilling of boreholes for soil samples and suitability, scheduled for summer 2022.

Refurbishing of exterior windows at McKinsey building to reduce heat loss, increase efficiency and building structure integrity.

Replacement of chiller for air conditioning systems in the EJ Pratt Library with energy efficient chiller resulting in $15,000 in energy reduction rebate from save-on-energy program. Going forward, reduction in hydro consumption at EJ Pratt through summer cooling season.

Sustainability Committee terms of reference modified to increase student representation by two and addition of one sustainability meeting a year to three Sustainability Committee meetings a year

Creation of the department of Infrastructure and Sustainability to align with the University’s strategic plan and its pillars.

The Geothermal Fund becomes the Sustainability Fund to broaden funding eligibility for a variety of sustainability initiatives, feasibility studies and waste diversion.

Sustainability Annual Report 2020-21: Energy Savings and Sustainability Initiatives

Publication of “Vic Zero Waste: Our Mission” strategic report by VUSAC Sustainability Commission in November 2020.

On-going lighting retrofits throughout campus to LED such as in the Isabel Bader Theatre, Burwash Houses hallways, Annesley Hall hallways. 

Replacement of all campus exterior lamp posts with LED energy efficient lighting; all fixtures programmed to accommodate seasonal variations to enhance safety.

Replacement/refurbishment of all windows at Bowles/Gandier house to reduce heat loss/drafts and to protect the integrity of this heritage structure.

Replacement of fan coil units in Upper Burwash rooms, common areas, stairwells and service rooms. New units are specified with energy-efficient motors.

Replacement of the air conditioning unit for Victoria College mailroom with higher efficiency electric motors.

Sustainability Annual Report 2019-20: Energy Savings and Sustainability Initiatives

Installation of bottle water filling stations to reduce plastic water bottle waste at Emmanuel College, Victoria College, Burwash Dining Hall Servery, Goldring Student Centre Commuter Lounge.

Larger signage was installed in Rowell Jackman Hall on blue recycling bins to promote waste diversion.

Presentation of “Vic Zero Waste: Our Mission” project by VUSAC Sustainability Commission to Sustainability Committee aiming to promote education to students and residents related to organic and recycling waste streams.

Installation of compost bin pilot on the second floor of the kitchen of Annesley Hall, received positively. Further discussion at Sustainability Committee meetings to expand composting at campus.

Replacement of the building heating and domestic hot water equipment in Burwash Hall residences with variable speed drive pump motors to reduce energy consumption.

Creation of a designated tab on sustainability on the University website to highlight sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability Annual Report 2018-2019: Energy Savings and Sustainability Initiatives

Forming of Vic Sustainability Committee, with terms and references.

Active promotion of recycling and waste diversion via our Sustainability Committee. 

Bottle filling station installation in the EJ Pratt Librar, Isabel Bader Theatre and Cat’s Eye.

Washroom upgrades in Burwash Dining Hall, Annesley Hall and Emmanuel College: washroom fixtures have low flow and washbasins have been equipped with motion sensors.

Window refurbishment in Lillian Massey building.

Stage lighting retrofit to LED in the Isabel Bader Theatre; completion expected in next two months.

All new electrical lighting fixtures to be LED.

All new and replacement of building ventilation fans and pump motors to have Variable Speed Drive to ensure maximum efficiency at all load conditions: Isabel Bader Theatre, Annesley Hall and Rowell Jackman Hall already undertaken.

Building Automation systems must facilitate scheduling of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as per occupancy in academic sites. Future improvements to include remote monitoring of all systems, including utilities use.

Motion sensor lights in as many spaces as safely possible.

Programmed sprinkler systems for grounds irrigation to reduce water usage.

All new mechanical and electrical equipment must be rated as high efficiency. 

Replacement of fan coil units in Rowell Jackman Hall: 137 digital thermostats with high efficiency motors.

Replacement of air-cooled chiller on roof in Lillian Massey building using high efficiency unit, less kilowatts compared to old chiller.


Future initiatives:

Consideration for sub-metering of energy use (mechanical and electrical) in all buildings.

Installation of water meters to the feeds for grounds sprinkler systems to accurately note usage.

All campus exterior lamp posts (approx. 125) to be replaced with LED lighting in next two to three years in phased projects. All fixtures will also be programmed to accommodate seasonal variations.

Creation of Mechanical, Electrical and Construction design standards for Victoria University in compliance with The Energy Modelling Standard that must be met for new designs, new construction and major renovations. We expect to have these standards formalized in one year.

Within next two years, have a third party consultant carry our Energy Audits of all our facilities and compare results data to peer facilities to measure energy efficiency performances. 

Continue with bottle water filling stations installation at all our facilities to reduce plastic water bottle use. 

Starting in 2020, carry out multi-year projects to replace/refurbish all windows at Burwash Hall residences to reduce heat loss/drafts and to protect the integrity of this heritage structure.

Within one year, engage an Energy Efficiency Consultant to carry out feasibility of installing a Geo Thermal system and Solar panels at our Campus.

Continue with lighting retrofits throughout campus to LED. 

Designated tab for sustainability on this web site.

Sustainability Committee: Terms of References March 2022

March 2022

Terms of Reference and Membership for The Sustainability Committee at Victoria University 

Terms of Reference to include two sections:

  • Membership
  • Mandate 

Membership:

  1.       Executive Director, Department of Infrastructure and Sustainability (Chair of the Committee)
  2.       Bursar and CAO
  3.       Director of Business and Ancillary Operations
  4.       One representative from the Office of the Dean of Students
  5.       VUSAC Sustainability Commissioner elected by members of VUSAC
  6.       VUSAC appointee, Sustainability Co-Chair
  7.       One student representative from the Residence Councils (appointed by VUSAC in direct consultation with Dean’s office)
  8.       Two VUSAC appointees for a two-year term: two student representatives, responsible for a two-year term.*
  9.       Administrative Manager, Department of Infrastructure and Sustainability, in the capacity of recording secretary
  10.   Senior Administrators including the President will be invited to participate in meetings if their schedules permit it.

 

*Notes for the two student representatives:

  •       The two-year term will be made clear when advertising for the positions.
  •       For the first year (2021-2022) one of those roles will be a 1 year term. That way, the two-year terms will overlap to provide student leadership continuity for the committee moving forward.
  •        The Sustainability Commissioner will be responsible for hiring around June/July to fit with the Sustainability Co-Chair hiring timeline.
  •        Exclusions for this role: VUSAC Exec, VUSAC Commissioners, Committee Co-Chairs.
  •        Dean’s Office to support in hiring and promoting the opportunity for students.

 

Mandate: The Sustainability committee is strictly an advisory committee to the University.

  1.       To promote sustainability and greening initiatives throughout the campus, its operations and functions.
  2.       To advise the Victoria University Senior Administration on sustainable projects which can be undertaken.
  3.       To advise on ways to reduce our carbon footprint, the feasibility of solar arrays, Geo-Thermal, Net Zero initiatives, etc.
  4.       To advise on the inclusion of minimum and verifiable sustainability standards (LEED, Net Zero, LED’s, irrigation, Geo-Thermal etc.) in our planning and design standards.
  5.       To advise on waste diversion and waste reduction initiatives.
  6.       To be the green ambassadors for VIC.
  7.       To keep records of projects undertaken to improve sustainability on campus.
  8.       To meet in February, September and the last week of November with formal minutes recorded.
  9.       To liaise with The University of Toronto’s Tri-Campus Sustainability Committee to share and exchange information on green initiatives.
Sustainability Committee: Terms of Reference April 2021

Terms of Reference and Membership for The Sustainability Committee at Victoria University

Terms of Reference to include two sections:

  • Membership
  • Mandate

Membership:

  1. Director of Physical Plant (Chair of the Committee)
  2. Bursar and CAO
  3. Director of Business and Ancillary Operations
  4. One representative from the Office of the Dean of Students
  5. VUSAC Sustainability Commissioner elected by members of VUSAC
  6. VUSAC appointee, Sustainability Co-Chair
  7. One student representative from the Residence Councils (appointed by VUSAC in direct consultation with Dean’s office)
  8. Two VUSAC appointees for a two year term: two student representatives, responsible for a 2 year term.* 
  9. Administrative Manager, Physical Plant, in the capacity of recording secretary
  10. Senior Administrators including the President will be invited to participate in meetings if their schedules permit it.

*Notes for the two student representatives:

  • The two-year term will be made clear when advertising for the positions.
  • For the first year (2021-2022) one of those roles will be a 1 year term. That way, the two-year terms will overlap to provide student leadership continuity for the committee moving forward.
  • The Sustainability Commissioner will be responsible for hiring around June/July to fit with the Sustainability Co-Chair hiring timeline.
  • Exclusions for this role: VUSAC Exec, VUSAC Commissioners, Committee Co-Chairs.
  • Dean’s Office to support in hiring and promoting the opportunity for students.

Mandate: The Sustainability committee is strictly an advisory committee to University.

  1. To promote sustainability and greening initiatives throughout the campus, its operations and functions.
  2. To advise the Victoria University Senior Administration on sustainable projects which can be undertaken.
  3. To advise on ways to reduce our carbon footprint, feasibility of solar arrays, Geo Thermal, Net Zero initiatives, etc.
  4. To advise on inclusion of minimum and verifiable sustainability standards (LEED, Net Zero, LED’s, irrigation, Geo Thermal etc.) in our planning and design standards.
  5. To advise on waste diversion and waste reduction initiatives.
  6. To be the green ambassadors for VIC.
  7. To keep records of projects undertaken to improve sustainability on campus.
  8. To meet in February, September and the last week of November with formal minutes recorded.
  9. To liaise with The University of Toronto’s Tri-Campus Sustainability Committee to share and exchange information on green initiatives.
  10. To prepare an annual report for the committee.
Sustainability Committee: Terms of Reference Sept. 2018

 Terms of Reference to include two sections: 

  • Membership  
  • Mandate 

 

Membership:

1. Director of Physical Plant (Chair of the Committee) or his/her designate. 

2. 
Bursar and CAO

3. Director of Business and Ancillary Services

4. One representative from the Dean of Students

5. Two representatives from VUSAC per academic year

6. One student representative from Residence Council       

7. Administrative Manager, Physical Plant, in the capacity of recording secretary

8. Senior Administrators including President to attend meetings as guests whenever possible

 

Mandate: Sustainability committee is strictly an advisory committee to University.

1. To promote sustainability and greening initiatives throughout the campus, its operations and functions.

2. Advise Senior Administration on sustainable projects which can be undertaken.

3. Advise on ways to reduce our carbon footprint, Solar arrays, Geo Thermal, Net Zero, etc. 

4. Advise on inclusion of minimum verifiable sustainability standards (LEED, Net Zero, LED’s, irrigation, Geo Thermal etc.) in our design standards.

5. Advise on waste diversion and reduction. 

6. Be the green ambassadors for VIC. 

7. Keep records of projects undertaken to improve sustainability on campus. 

8.  To meet semi- annually with formal minutes.

9.Liaison with U of T Tri-Campus Sustainability Committee to share and exchange green initiatives and information.

 10. Prepare an annual report for the committee.  

 

Few Long-term, future goals of this committee:

1. Link to Sustainability Committee and its initiatives on our website (Sustainability tab). 

2. List accomplishments and future goals per sustainability.

3. Link to design standards on our website. 

4. Ability to leave comments/suggestions. 

5. Update sustainability tab at least annually.

6. Link to real time utilities use per facility- Dash Board. 

 

Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes