BC’s public sector is officially carbon neutral, a first for any province or state in North America and an achievement that places British Columbia on the leading edge of climate action and growth in the clean energy and clean technology sectors. BC's Carbon Neutral Government Program was officially recognized for its efforts by the United Nations with a 2018 UN Momentum for Change Award.
Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, since 2008, all public sector organizations have reported annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Since 2010, all public sector organisations also report their total GHG emissions for the calendar year as well as offset investments made to achieve net-zero emissions. These reports are known as Carbon Neutral Action Reports (CNARs).
By mid-2013, Langara achieved 33% reduction compared to the 2007 baseline year, meeting the provincial target seven years ahead of time. At the end of 2017, Langara has reduced its overall absolute emissions by 31% compared to 2007. This is less that earlier years as Langara is a growing campus and recently opened its New LEED* Gold Science and Technology Building, increasing campus area by over 20%.
Green building highlighted features:
• Proximity to major transportation hubs
• Protected a landscaped area from future development equal to the building footprint (2087 m2)
• Modeled to save the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool of water each year through washroom fixture efficiencies
• Innovative water-side heat recovery system that targets zero thermal energy waste and preheats domestic hot water
• Outdoor views in over 90% of the regularly occupied areas for greater indoor environment quality
Langara College's 2017 Carbon Neutral Action Report is now available.
*LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a global rating system recognizing sustainable and energy efficient practices.