Cutting Down on Energy and Emissions at Langara
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. With the introduction of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act in 2008, all public sector organizations, including Langara, report annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These reports are known as Carbon Neutral Action Reports (CNARs).
Langara’s 2015 Emissions Breakdown
Langara College's 2015 Carbon Neutral Action Report is now available with details on actions taken, emissions, and carbon offsets.
Since 2009, Langara has participated in the BC Hydro Energy Manager Program. At that time, Langara set a goal to reduce energy usage on campus by 15% over a five-year period. At the end of the five years, we met and exceeded our target, achieving 19% energy savings. These savings resulted in approximately $350,000 avoided utility cost.
Posted: May 31, 2016
Recycling Program Update
In 2012, the College developed an in-depth recycling program as part of its goal of zero-waste management. From providing additional recycling/composting units to education to changing policies to support recyclable materials in the cafeteria, the College has seen a dramatic reduction in waste. From 2012-2014, we have reduced our waste by 44.23%, saving 51.32 metric tons of waste from going into the landfill.
Posted: March 26, 2015
Langara Gets Cozy for Sweater Day
Langara participated in the World Wildlife Fund Sweater Day on February 5, 2015. The cafeteria turned down the heat by 2 degrees celsius as part of the global initiative. Students and staff were encouraged to don their coziest sweater, share tips on how to conserve energy, and enter to win a prize draw.
Posted: February 5, 2015
Belkin Energy Monitor Devices Now Available at Langara Library
How much energy do your electronic devices really use? Find out with the Belkin Conserve Insight™ Energy Use Monitor. Plug in the Belking device into your cellphone, tv, or other electronic device, and see the cost of operation, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂) produced in generating the electricity consumed, and watts. See the true impact to your wallet—and the environment.
Borrow a Belkin device from the Langara Library to try it out yourself! (see the Reference Desk).
Posted: April 15, 2013
Langara Goes Electric
Langara has installed electric vehicle charging stations on campus in a bid to progress sustainability initiatives in the College community.
Two new charging stations were installed this week in the underground parkade beneath the College's LEED Gold-winning Library facility. The initiative is part of the new Plug Share program funded by the Fraser Bin Council as part of BC’s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program. Read full story.
Posted: March 30, 2013