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Liaison Stephanie Foster
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2014
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George Brown College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

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Green Team/Sustainability Coordinator
George Brown College
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Is the institution utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in the following areas?:
Yes or No
Air & Climate No
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No
Public Engagement No
Other Yes

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Air & Climate and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Buildings and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Efficacy Study for the eTime Energy Window Coating:
The objective of this study is to analyze the test data collected during the summer month period to determine how effective coated windows are in comparison to non-coated windows in reducing the effects of solar gain and corresponding cooling load.
An environmentally controlled test hut was constructed on the roof of Casa Loma campus consisting of 2 separate 72 ft3 chambers each fitted with a 5000 BTU portable air conditioner to maintain the interior space temperature at a controlled setpoint. Several sets of coated and non-coated windows (Plain, Tinted, Low E, and Reflective Bronze) were tested and key temperature points and the AC power consumption for each chamber were monitored using a National Instruments SCADA system.
Students were responsible for organizing the raw test data; ensure that the measured data matches the window type; identify any irregularities or measurement errors; and, produce a validated summary for each window type for the given test period. Produce a graphical summary for each test period which shows the interior temperature and power consumption in the coated and non-coated chambers. Normalize the test data and determine if the coated glass results in any energy savings when compared to non-coated glass. Quantify the energy savings if the windows at St. James Campus were coated.
For more information visit: http://www.p3rd.ca/gbc_etime.pdf


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Dining Services/Food and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

ONTARIO FOOD PROJECT SUMMARY
The CHCA is using two approaches to increase local food purchases in the public sector: (1) auditing the amount of local /non-local produce bought by the CHCA to develop a strategy for increasing our total produce purchase by 5-10% and (2) by developing a local food processing operation (for example jams and preserves made with local fruit) driven by applied learning externships for students combined with retail opportunities at the CHCA, and its’ public sector partners. In terms of tracking local food purchased for the CHCA, new software implemented in the Issue Control Centre (ICC) allowed for the differentiation between local and imported selections. This enabled our purchasers to specify Ontario-grown when ordering, and to track such ingredients as orders are received. We are incorporating local food in the curriculum, investing substantially to review and optimize all recipes used in the programs, to substitute local for imported products, while also introducing seasonality, so that purchases can vary along with the availability of produce. For example, a soup recipe could call for asparagus if taught in May, spinach if taught in September, and mushrooms if taught in January. This way, the same skills can be learned by students, while the also learn lessons of seasonality to carry forward through their careers.

PROJECT RATIONALE
The Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts decided to take a leadership role in this project because as the largest hospitality and culinary arts Centre in Canada, it has great potential to play a significant role as a local food purchaser in Ontario. Currently, the CHCA purchases $2.3 million in food and beverage products each year for course delivery and it is the CHCA’s goal to increase produce local purchases by 5 - 10%. From our partners’ perspective there is consensus that the engagement in the local food cause will contribute significant long term benefits both directly and indirectly for Ontario’s agricultural and hospitality industries.
By fostering our initiative of auditing ourselves and planning a strategy to increase our local purchases, we will broadcast in the public sector that it is feasible to impact the local economy with simple operational changes.

Curriculum change will have a paramount impact in the dissemination of the local food concepts. The CHCA’s students are the professional chefs of the near future; through curriculum implementation, we will prepare this new generation of chefs to be able to deal with the issues relating to local food in the culinary industry.
In both approaches, by increasing the purchases and involving the students with the curriculum adaptations, the CHCA will foster change targeting not only in its students, but also as a pioneer for all other schools in Ontario.
Contact: Paul de Campo


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Energy and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Grounds and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Purchasing and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Transportation and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Waste and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Water and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Coordination, Planning & Governance and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Diversity & Affordability and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Health, Wellbeing & Work and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

George Brown College's Centre for Health Sciences believes that students "learn by doing". The WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education) is a series of health and wellness clinics that provide services for the public like dental care, personal training, and hearing tests. These clinics help our students practice their newly learned skills on real clients in real-world environments while being supervised by faculty. As part of its Health Promotion Centre at WAVE George Brown College invites partners and like-minded organizations to collaborate, research and discuss health and wellness issues with our students. Through this platform, our partners and students will research critical issues including child obesity, nutrition and food literacy, disease prevention and more. Located in a state of the art, eco friendly building on Toronto’s waterfront, WAVE offers a wide range of economical services for clients of all ages.
URL: http://www.georgebrown.ca/wave/


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Investment and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Public Engagement and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory in Other areas and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

As part of the College's School of Dental Health, students use the the College's radiography labs, clinics and material labs for on-site living labs.All of these clinics take a holistic approach to oral health care including nutritional and wellness counselling and smoking cessation.
- Dental Assisting Student Clinics provide onsite dental assisting related client care for 5 weeks per year at 12 hours per week.
- Dental Hygiene Student Clinics provide onsite dental hygiene client care for approximately 36 weeks per year at 24 hours per week
- Denturism Student Clinics fabricate partial and full dentures and repairs for 28 weeks per each of the 2nd and 3rd year of the program. Each year is at an average of 12 hours per week.
- Restorative Dental Hygiene Student Clinics provide restorative care for clients for 9 weeks at 12 hours per week

URL: http://www.georgebrown.ca/wave/dentalclinic/
http://www.georgebrown.ca/dentalhealth/industry/


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