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Setting a sustainable example for universities
Insights from Higher Education

Russell Garcia, director of higher education


While you may not be heading back to school this fall, it’s never too late to learn how to create a more sustainable environment. Campuses all over are working to set an example for students by making educational facilities more sustainable with worthwhile changes to infrastructure. While every campus requires different technologies and strategies, implementing a microgrid strategy and applying an ESCO procurement situation are great first steps to help your campus reach triple bottom line achievements through energy savings.

Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario is one such campus making strides to become more sustainable. The university partnered with Johnson Controls to make energy saving changes to 48 additional facilities across its two campuses. Laurier implemented several Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) including lighting retrofits with LED technology, low-flow water fixtures, renewable technologies, demand control ventilation, retro-commissioning, real-time metering, fuel-switching and heat recovery.  

The energy savings of these changes combined with less traditional ECMs will pay for these updates after 20 years. The less traditional EMCs include:

  • Combined heat and power with cogeneration and tri-generation
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar thermal
  • Wind power
  • Heat recovery/heat pump chillers
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Energy storage couples with micro-grid technologies and integration
Russ Garcia

Spokespeople from the university recently joined us at the APPA/PCAPPA/BayAPPA 2017: Annual Conference and Exhibition to share with attendees how making changes to your infrastructure can help your campus conserve energy, reduce emissions, save money and reduce deferred maintenance backlog. Attendees walked away having learned how to evaluate a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) model and establish a microgrid.  

This year’s conference was certainly a stand out. In addition to sharing Wildfrid Laurier University’s story, we received an update on the APPA 1000: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Facilities and Infrastructure, a standard that will establish a common framework for owners of facilities assets to identify and more effectively track and manage costs of a facility, building or supporting infrastructure of assets over the full life cycle. I was also honored to receive APPA’s 2017 RISING STAR award, which is a testament to all the innovative work Johnson Controls has continued to do in the education industry. 


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