GHG Reduction Target
New target set in November 2020 to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2030
Reduce energy consumption for 2017-18 levels by 12% by 2022-23
Purchased first electric vehicle (first cargo van in Waterloo) as part of their fleet.
Hosted a furniture renovation campaign and were able to rehome 300 pieces of furniture to employees.
Installed 3 additional EV Charging stations, bringing the total to 8.
Repaired Steam traps which resulted in 800-850 tonnes of GHG emission reductions.
Upgraded faucet and showerhead which led to a reduction of 100 tonnes/yr.
Increased food donations by working with more community based organizations who provide more accessible food options for local communities. In total donated 718 cases of items and 24 bunches in a box, with a dollar value equal to $26,000.
Participated in Reforest London’s million tree challenge in London, with participation from the Kitchener team. Another member, MTE, sponsored the volunteer event held at a local park where 100 trees were planted.
Installed natural gas-fired heat pumps at Forest Hill Public School. Heat pumps are more efficient than furnaces and emit lower levels of harmful byproducts like carbon dioxide which reduced their energy consumption and GHG emissions.
Waterloo Region District School Board was named a Water Efficient Certified Business by the Region of Waterloo. The pilot program between the Region and the school board modeled five schools’ water usage which identified opportunities for significant reductions. They replaced their old steam boilers with a closed looped water based system. The total water savings were 20.2 cubic metres per day, with the capital expenditures being sufficient to ensure a return on investment greater than two years.
Installed a 225 tonne ground source heat pump system to provide thermal energy and a 500 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Cambridge campus. The two projects will reduce 390 tonnes of GHGs annually, which is the equivalent of removing 98 cars from the road. The solar PV system will offset 100% of the annual load of the geothermal system and provide additional renewable electricity for usage at the campus. The project was paid in part by the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program Innovation Fund from the provincial government