Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative
In our 2005-2010 Strategic Plan, Fleming College set the goal to lead Ontario's post secondary institutions with respect to environmental programs and practices. The Frost Campus is playing a leadership role in achieving this goal, through the programs offered at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences and by the intensity of its sustainable institutional practices. In January 2006, we launched the Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative to encompass the full range of green steps, events, and activities designed to support the achievement of our goal.
The Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework
With the launch of the Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative, Frost Campus adopted the Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework (© Lindsay Cole, 2003), which is sponsored by the Sierra Youth Coalition, the youth wing of the Sierra Club of Canada. This framework is used to assess institutional practices, in order to set ecological and socio-economic improvement targets. Frost Campus is currently focusing on ecological improvement targets under the following categories:
2006/2007 Ecological Improvements
- Continued to participate in the Sierra Youth Coalition's Campuses Sustainable Assessment Framework (CSAF), a student led initiative assessing and recommending environmental, economic and social changes that reduce the campuses negative impacts locally and globally.
- Opened instructional and sustainable scientific research platforms such as the Green Roof, the Living Wall, and the Butterfly Garden.
- Student members of the Frost Initiative implemented the Frost Interior Greening Plan, and now care for 20 hanging plants that help to improve indoor air quality.
- Conducted an energy audit, and continue to implement energy saving measures campus-wide through end-user energy awareness campaigns, campus-wide computer shut-downs, and facility upgrades and atomization of HVAC systems.
- Foodservice providers have committed to sustainable improvements such as replacing throw-away wares with reusable or recyclable dishware.
- Continued to provide support to two student-initiated groups (The Frost Initiative and Earthworkers), as well as supporting the Community Garden and campus-wide composting strategies.
Ecological Improvements Prior to 2006 launch
Before the launch of the Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative, Fleming College took some significant green steps. In 2005, the Ontario Energy Minister's Conservation Action Team recognized Fleming as an "Outstanding Leader in Sustainable Energy Practices", for the Environmental Technology Wing at Frost Campus. When constructed, this wing was rated one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in Canada, with the following features:
- Constructed with recycled steel, plastic and wood, as well as with Durisol blocks (post consumer wood fibre that has been averted from landfills and provides better insulation than concrete)
- Heated and cooled by 66 Geothermal Wells
- Washroom waste treated in constructed wetlands by Fleming's Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment
- Lighting levels adjust automatically, based on activity and external light availability through 14 skylights
- Roof constructed to accommodate a green roof and solar panels
Our Current Projects Include
- Continuation of the data collection required to complete the Campus Sustainability Assessment using the CSAF provided by the Sierra Youth Coalition.
- Installation of a Green Roof on the roof of our New Wing.
- Installation of the second phase and continued testing of our Living Wall.
- Energy Audit and Reduction Campaign continues, while we are in negotiations with Bullfrog Power to provide us with clean electrical power for our energy efficient New Wing.
- Paper Usage Audit and Reduction Campaign with printers defaulted to print on both sides of the page.
- Water Usage Audit and Awareness Campaigns.
- Participation with WWF's global Earth Hour event.