Wetlands: a Community Gift
Walden Pond, situated on the
northeast corner of the campus, has
been successfully transformed into a
demonstration wetland environment
thanks to a $20,000 gift from the
"We have re-established some of
the plants and animal communities
that may have existed 100 years ago in this area," says Environmental
Studies program coordinator Kelly
"Our students have gained
important skills in ecological
restoration and the site will continue
to naturalize, providing an
ever-evolving 'living laboratory' for
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"Our goal is always to be more energy-efficient. Going green is an ongoing project. You can’t just do it and walk away."
Director Facilities and Purchasing
Langara College recently
won the Leadership Award in
the Education: Universities
and Colleges sector category
from Canada's Climate
Change Voluntary Challenge
& Registry (VCR).
Langara College is both a VCR
registrant and a participant in
the federal Energy Innovators
Initiative program, and through
consistent efforts is able to
claim the best greenhouse gas
reduction results in this sector.
Along with comprehensive
lighting retrofits, new building
controls and central plant upgrades, part of the college's
innovative energy reduction
strategy is a well thought out
campaign to communicate
efficiency information to staff
and students through e-mail,
posters and newsletters.
Together, these measures are responsible for a 7.4% cut in electricity consumption below 2000 levels, the year an energy efficiency retrofit project was initiated. When this figure is adjusted for weather and load growth, Langara reports a 13% decrease in the intensity of its electricity use.
Natural gas usage in 2002 was decreased 10.4% below 2000.
The College also supports carpooling and subsidizes student transit passes with proceeds from on-site parking fees. Additionally, staff and students recycle many products, including mixed papers, beverage containers, fluorescent tubes and toner cartridges, with proceeds from the beverage containers supporting student bursaries. Shredded papers and biodegradable kitchen waste from the cafeteria fuel on-site worm composting.