|Submission Date||Aug. 11, 2020|
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
PRE-2: Points of Distinction
Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
The First Nations Medicine Wheel Garden was developed in 2015 in collaboration with the UNB Fredericton Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre to honour residential school survivors. The garden is in the shape of the traditional First Nations Medicine Wheel and features plants used for medicinal purposes. Children from local First Nations communities assisted in creating the garden which is used as an educational tool by the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre.
Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
Created in 1996, the goal of the program is to reduce energy consumption on campus in conjunction with implementing new energy projects, resulting in a lesser portion of the operating budget being spent on utilities. At the same time, contributing to the campus learning environment by improving occupant comfort. Consuming less energy has the added value of acting responsibly towards the environment and community. The Energy Management Program allows UNB to effectively meet these objectives and turn our attention to being proactive about our consumption and the needs of the University.
The EMP started with Phases 1 & 2, where $3.4 million was allotted to control and reduce energy by operating the buildings and equipment in the most efficient manner possible. In 2009, an additional $7 million was approved as Amendment 2. This amendment focused on the campus-wide total-building approach to energy retrofits. Lastly, in 2012 an additional $4 million was approved as Amendment 3. This amendment focused on smart meters, building information systems, and emerging green technology.
To date, in 2019 the performance highlights of the program include:
- $13.7M invested in 176 projects with forecasted cost avoidance target of $23.3M over 10 years.
- Cost avoidance of $22.3M, which is $5.9M in excess of the target to the end of 2019-2020 fiscal.
- 29.7% CO2e avoidance achieved from 1996 baseline.
- Third party funding of $2.1M has been received and reinvested into the EMP.
In fiscal year 2019-20, the EMP was responsible for avoidance of $2.1M of utility costs.
The next step for the Energy Management Program is to improve the foundation and parameters of the program to be able to include and fund more projects using a holistic approach. This includes looking at deferred maintenance, energy security and resiliency, GHG reductions (to align with UNB’s Climate Change Action Plan targets), life safety, life cycle analysis, etc.
Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Air & Climate
Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
The Interactive Tree Trails were developed in 2016 in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management. There are two different trails, the Acadian Tree Trail and the Provincial Tree Trail which features their respective tree species. The trails allow individuals to connect with nature, learn about the ecological benefits provided by the trees as well as learning how to identify them. Signs with barcodes are located beside the trees which allow students to scan them using their cellphones to learn all about that tree. Through this virtual tour, individuals can better understand the biodiversity of tree species on campus, see detailed pictures and learn interesting facts.
Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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