There is no future without net-zero
A new report from a Berlin-based think tank ranks Canada’s per-capita carbon emissions among the highest in the world. This is not the record we want to be setting. We need to get serious about reducing emissions, in a big way, now. Canada needs leadership and colleges and institutes are stepping up. At more than 670 locations, we pledge to achieve net-zero emissions on campus by 2050!
With the largest post-secondary footprint in the country, our collective engagement goes a long way. Zero emissions on campus is an ambitious goal, but not out of reach. In fact, many examples of net-zero and LEED-certified campus facilities, learning environments, and research centres already exist!
- At BCIT, the Zero Energy Buildings Learning Centre and High-Performance Building Lab is the go-to resource for the local construction industry. It was created to support the transition to British Columbia’s new energy codes and Vancouver emissions bylaws.
- At Okanagan College, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence is LEED-Platinum certified. It also boasts the largest photovoltaic solar array on a non-utility institutional building in Canada.
- The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College features a high-performance building envelope that minimizes heating and cooling demand, an all-electric geo-exchange system, and a rooftop photovoltaic system.
- In 2018, it was the first building in Canada to achieve Zero-Carbon Building certification in both Design and Performance categories from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)!
- At Humber College, Building NX is the first existing building retrofit in Canada to achieve the CaGBC’s Zero-Carbon Building Design certification.
- The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation is also net-zero. It features thermal chimneys to passively heat and cool itself, a high-performance roofing system, and 1,832 400-W solar panels on the adjacent parking structure.
- At Centennial College, the country’s first zero-carbon, mass timber higher-education building is set to open in 2023. The building design is also based on the concept of “two-eyed seeing” and brings together Indigenous and Western cultures in both the form and function.
- Red River College Polytechnic is on track to open a new Innovation Centre with a near net-zero footprint. Among the energy efficient technologies featured in the design: power-over-ethernet (POE) lighting, Smart long-short-instantaneous (LSI) breakers, and building-integrated photovoltaics.
- “TheConfluence” at SAIT is an environmentally-friendly home that produces more energy than it uses, captures water on site, and incorporates biophilic design, a design that connects humans and nature through the architecture and landscape!
- 19 SAIT students and five graduates gained experience sourcing sustainably-certified wood, researching non-toxic cleaning products, and creating architectural renderings during its construction.
- In April, the Institut du véhicule innovant (Innovative vehicle institute) at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme broke ground on a new facility that better reflects its values of sustainability and innovation.
- From architecture to building materials, everything about the building is designed for energy efficiency and to continue developing low-carbon solutions for the transport sector!
These buildings practice what they preach, quite literally. They are real examples of energy efficiency. And, they give students the opportunity to learn skills in real environments and practice their skills with real technologies on the leading edge of sustainable design.
- Know another net-zero campus building not listed here? Be vocal! Share your examples and our pledge on social media using the hashtag #ClimateAction.
As a country, we are heading in the net-zero direction. As a sector, we are standing out. We are future-proofing industries, skills, learners, and the economy; and there is no future without net-zero.
Awards of Excellence: recognize exceptional leaders!
Do you know an individual or a team that has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves? Nominate them for our Awards of Excellence! The Awards recognize exceptional leadership in four categories: Managerial Staff, Faculty, non-Managerial Staff, and Students! Deadline: November 26.
- Gold recipients in each category will receive a $1,000 prize courtesy of TD Insurance and a complimentary registration to the CICan 2022 hybrid Connection Conference, online and in Halifax!
LIVE: Are we moving the needle on climate change?
Episode 2 of Perspectives LIVE airs November 24! Climate change is no longer a looming threat but a reality that is very much upon us. To move the needle, we need concrete commitments with measurable outcomes. Is the race to net-zero a race we can win?
- This episode featuring: Justine Hendricks, Catherine Abreu, Rick Smith, Angus Graeme, and Nidhu Jagoda!
- Season 2 means more guests and more questions! Select as many episodes as you like or register for the whole season.Check in frequently to see when new guest speakers are confirmed.
- Watch previous episodes on our YouTube channel!
Webinar: A look at post-graduate programs across Canada
Our researchers analyzed data from post-graduate programs across the country. What characteristics are unique to these types of programs? What factors have contributed to their creation and what’s driving their growth? Take a deeper look and see what we found! November 15.
For students: Unlock endless potential with new global skills and experiences!
Global Skills Opportunity is officially here! The national mobility program makes international learning experiences more accessible to Canadian post-secondary students. More than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students from across the country will be able to acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs.
Over the next four years, 54 colleges and institutes and 56 universities will be implementing a total of 124 GSO-funded projects in collaboration with international partners in more than 100 countries.
Opportunity: Are you an expert in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition?
We’re looking for a group of college and institute PLAR experts to help develop a Canada-wide reference framework!
- The framework will be a living document that serves as a guide to how PLAR works, best practices and institutional examples, the benefits of PLAR in the Canadian context, and approaches to building PLAR capacity with international partners. Submit a proposal before November 22.
Webinar: How can colleges and institutes support urgent humanitarian needs?
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan requires urgent action. Canada has committed to welcoming 40 000 Afghan refugees in the coming years. Even now, thousands of evacuees have started to arrive in communities across Canada.
- Hear from Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)on the urgent needs and how colleges and institutes can support Afghan refugees in the immediate, short, and long terms. November 25.
Last call! Get students and grads working in ImpActful careers.
Did you know? Post-secondary institutions, including your own college or institute, your applied research centres, and your industry partners can get up to $10,000 to hire a youth in their community to advance the SDGs through Career Launcher and ImpAct Internships. The second round of applications for ImpAct internships is open until November 17.
With ImpAct Internships, students, recent grads, and youth disproportionally affected by COVID-19 can get impactful work experience that contributes to Canada’s 2030 SDG Agenda! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unique experience. Make an ImpAct today.
Did you know that we’ve been part of a unique partnership working to develop a new online video game to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and safety? The dataverse is at risk of an alien invasion and it’s up to students to defeat the invading cyber criminals! “Protect The Dataverse” uses a gamified curriculum that allows players to learn the fundamentals of cyber security as they navigate various missions. Development of the game was led by Lambton College with help from Olds College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Central Community College (Nebraska), PIN, and CICan!
Bow Valley College appointed Michael Crowe as vice-president, Academic.
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Submit a nomination for the WFCP fifth annual Awards of Excellence. Deadline: December 3.
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