Wilfrid Laurier University

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Reduction commitment: 25% reduction commitment from 2009 (intensity/square footage)

Business Type: Not-For-Profit: Educational

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.

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Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects: 


Resident move out program: Wilfrid Laurier partnered with the Region to target high volume neighborhoods around the campus and created drop waste off locations, as well as incentivised drop offs through coupons to local restaurants. Students were also encouraged to reuse and recycle materials no longer needed; for example, text books were donated to developing countries, resold on Amazon or recycled. E-Waste was also recycled through Tech Wreckers.

 Laurier Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP) : Phase 1 of this program was completed by an Energy Service Company (ESCO) following an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) model.  The scope of work included 2 solar thermal walls, conversion from electric heat to high efficiency hydronic system, lighting retrofits, low flow water fixtures, building waste heat recovery, demand control ventilation, HVAC retro-commissioning, and sub-metering with integration to cloud based dashboard.  Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) were implemented in 2 buildings at the Waterloo campus and 1 building at the Brantford campus.  A comprehensive energy audit was completed simultaneously in the remaining buildings in order to develop energy projects moving forward.


Waste Program Expansion: A new outdoor MOLOKs was outfitted on 4 buildings which will reduce 940 tonnes of GHG.

Annual Residence Energy Competition: The competition saved $3,170 in electricity bills and avoided 11,900 tonnes of GHG emissions.

Mino-Kummik [Aboriginal Community] Garden: Designed as a vegetable and fruit garden it also features a seating area with a 2,350-litre rain-harvesting reservoir, which REEP installed to irrigate the garden in a sustainable manner.


Installed 13000 Gallon Water Reservoir: Laurier installed a 10,000 gallon underground storage tank and a 3,000 gallon above ground storage tank. This has helped WLU manage storm water and also provides the water needed for grounds maintenance.

Completed Water and Natural Gas Sub Meter Installs


Sub-metered 30 Campus Buildings: With 30 buildings sub-metered WLU will be able to capture not only electricity, but water and natural gas as well. This information will be feeding into their ION EEM Energy Management System for business operations, GHG monitoring, reporting, and will make buildings 40% more energy efficient.

Dashboard to Monitor Real Time Consumption Data: Purchased software that provides a building dashboard of real time consumption data that allows WLU to educate the campus and public on their green features, host reduction competitions between buildings and other universities, and do case study analysis for reporting and curriculum.

Sustainability Representatives: Implemented the Sustainability Reps program, comprised of students in residence. Energy and waste are the main initiatives of the program, including holding energy reduction competitions between residences for prizes.

LEED Building: Opened the Research and Academic Centre in Brantford, which is pending LEED Silver certification.


Emissions: WLU began tracking their GHG emissions in 2009 and their waste diversion in 2012. The graph below displays their data thus far.

Sustainability Culture:

WLU has a Green Team comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty. WLU’s Green Team has been successful at always having representatives from each area of the university who have been long-term team members that have provided support, advice, and direction on sustainability.


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RAIN Community Engagement Award (2014): Awarded by REEP Green Solutions to the Mino-Kummik Garden for its installed storm water management system.

Environmental Recognition Award – Green Non-Profit (2014): The City of Brantford’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) presented Laurier with this award to recognize its sustainable building practices.


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Member Profile Video’s:

Regional Carbon Initiative Case Study – Wilfrid Laurier University

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