In 2018, through a student led initiative, we have installed solar panels as a renewable energy source on top of the Science and Technology Building.

Other initiatives for 2018 include:

  • Increased installation of more efficient and affordable lighting solutions with improved LED technologies to save on energy, update aged equipment and decrease ongoing maintenance costs.
  • Continuing to monitor and report on energy usage and larger systems performance, looking for low cost opportunities (ie schedule changes/alignment with occupancy, general systems review and commissioning, etc.)
  • Continuing with the cafeteria kitchen’s “Turn off when not in use” campaign and other similar campaigns
  • Adding more electric car charging stations on our campus.

In 2017, as part of its commitment to green education, Langara partnered with the Open Green Building Society to produce a green building audio tour for the new Science & Technology Building. Narrated by Langara Facilities Director, Wendy Lannard and Proscenium Partner Architect, Kori Chan, the audio tour highlights the many green features of the state-of-the-art facility and is available 24/7 on location, on the web, or via podcast. We invite all students, employees, visitors, and green building aficionados to explore Langara's newest green addition to the campus through this convenient, accessible audio format.

If you have any questions about our green building audio tour, contact or visit the Green Building Audio Tour website.

We also completed the renewal of our Building “A” Fan Systems. In 2016 we received funding through the Federal Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) to upgrade our Building “A” Fan Systems.  The fan systems were rebuilt and converted to a Variable Air Volume (VAV) Reheat Systems, including improving air distribution in classrooms and updated integrated building controls. The result is a “like new” air distribution system for the building which will improve comfort and decrease operating costs related to energy usage, ongoing maintenance and repairs. The project is expected to decrease our emissions on campus by an additional 155 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) or 11% of our 2017 buildings emissions.

“The substantial investment from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia have allowed us to accelerate our commitments to sustainability on campus. In fact, with the completion of this project, we have already met our 2020 target of reducing 2007 greenhouse gas emission levels by 33%.” - Lane Trotter, president and CEO

In 2016, Langara completed construction and officially opened its new Science & Technology Building. The $54 million, 12,039 square metres project features LEED Gold-targeting standards, reflective and green roofs, an energy-efficient building envelope, low-flow fume hoods with adjustable sashes, and local, sustainable building materials. Visit the Completed Projects webpage for more information about the project, or take the Green Building Audio Tour.

In 2015, Langara continued to optimize its energy use on campus as a way to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Here are our success stories from this year:

  • Scheduling Optimization: How matching schedules of air handling units with when spaces are actually in use helped to optimize energy use and reduce waste.
  • Green IT (coming soon)

In 2014, the fifth year since implementing the strategic energy managment plan, Langara has not only met but also exceeded its energy savings targets. These successful actions and results of which may be attributed to the efforts of key stakeholders and the larger campus community.