Sustainability: Utilities

Water pipes in the uOttawa power plant

We are committed to creating an efficient campus that reduces its impact on the environment.

Energy

TARGET: Reduce energy consumption by 2% annually despite the growth of the campus. This means reducing energy consumption to 627,000 GJ by 2017.
PROGRESS: In 2013, energy consumption dropped by 0.5% despite the addition of 6,000 square metres of space.


OUR ENERGY PROGRAMS

EcoProsperity
EcoProsperity is a program to implement deep-energy retrofits on campus. In 2013, the program was responsible for over $3 Million dollars in energy savings. Recently retrofitted buildings include the Morriset Library, Desmarais, Fauteux, Site and Roger Guidon.

Embedded Energy Manager
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Hydro Ontario to employ an embedded energy manager on campus. The embedded energy manager is responsible for reducing electrical consumption by finding energy saving opportunities.

Demand Response 3 (DR3)
During the hottest days of the year, the University is called upon by the Province to reduce its energy consumption to preserve the electrical grid. On these days we implement energy reduction measures which include turning off non-essential lighting and rotating ventilation.

District Heating and Cooling
The University of Ottawa's campus utilizes a district heating and cooling loop. This means all the buildings are connected by tunnels under ground that allows energy to be shared between the power plant and buildings.

Water

TARGET: Reduce water consumption by 2% annually despite the growth of the campus. This means reducing water consumption to 455,000 m3 by 2017.
PROGRESS: In 2013, consumption dropped by 4%.


OUR WATER PROGRAMS

Black Water Reuse
The University collects used water from its Aquatic Care Centre in order to reuse it to help heat and cool buildings on campus.

Low Flow Fixtures
Any new water fixtures installed on campus are low flow fixture. These fixtures use significantly less water and are installed all over the campus (faucets, toilets, and urinals).

Storm Water Management
In order to reduce the University's impact on surrounding communities, uOttawa actively engages in bio swales to filter rainwater as well as rain water collection.

Water Fountain Renewal
Every year, the University invests in improving and adding new fountains on campus. The objective of this renewal is to increase drinking water quality and accessibility.

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