UFV has four Level 2 stations capable of charging up to 8 vehicles simultaneously that are available to all students, staff, and faculty free of charge. Installed in 2012/2013 at the Aerospace Campus (1), Abbotsford Campus (2), and CEP (1), there was been significant year-over-year increases in unique charging sessions, energy provided for cost-free charging, … Read moreElectric Vehicles – Have We Maxed Out Our Charging Stations?
Collaboration with other post secondary institutes is an easy way to improve our services. Collaborating with other schools to make group-purchases of natural gas? It’s a bit out there, but it works. Things seem to always be cheaper when purchases in bulk, and natural gas is no different. In 2017 we added another large account … Read moreApril 2018 – BCNET Bulk NG Purchases – Bulk Cost Savings
Each year a call for proposals is made for innovative projects and programs. In the summer of 2017 the Energy Manager proposed installing EndoTherm – a 100% organic, biodegradable and is proven to reduce the surface tension of the boiler water by 60-70%. This increases the effective surface area reached by the circulating water which … Read moreMarch 2018 – EndoTherm
Get Your Fleece On! Or, simply “The Fleece Blanket Program” as it became known had a successful sophomore heating season. With the overwhelming response from 2016/17, and the waiting list for inventory that ensued, a continuation of the program was essential. Similar to the previous year, fleece blankets were provided to employees who were feeling … Read moreWinter 2017/2018 – Get Your Fleece On! 2.0
November 20-24th, 2017, the annual Sweater Week was run, building on successes from the 2016 event. From an operational level, this year it was decided that temperatures would be lowered by 2c (to a minimum of 19.5c). These reductions would be realized across all academic buildings and offices at both main campuses in Abbotsford and … Read moreNovember 2017 – Sweater Week – Selfie Contest and Lots of Prizes
UFV is home to two LEED® Gold certified buildings. Canada Education Park Building A was built in 2012, and emits 68% less carbon per m2 annually than other non-certified buildings at UFV. On September 26th the plaque was unveiled with speeches and cake. Abbotsford Building S, the Student Union Building, was built in 2014, and … Read moreLEED Gold Celebration Events (September 2017 & January 2018)
In an effort to increase awareness of sustainability on campus, who better to involve than those that live on campus? The Energy Efficient Residences campaign was designed to start to connect students to the campus, and begin to participate in the increasing sustainability culture that is being developed. In coordinating with the Housing Operations staff … Read moreSeptember 2017 -> March 2018 – Energy Efficient Residences
Significant projects included: ABB B Bldg – B101 ABB G Bldg – Library entrance ABB G Bldg – Library interior CEP T Bldg – Interior lighting purchased Spot re-lamping and smaller LED upgrades are always on the go as we transition into high efficiency lighting.
In pursuit of this project, The University of the Fraser Valley would capitalize on its unique position of having readily available infrastructure to build upon, and core organizational values that support the development of an environmentally-responsible project as discussed in this proposal. UFV is primed to be a post-secondary leader in sustainability. The opportunity to … Read moreJuly 2017 – Solar PV Study Completed (excerpt)
The Sustainable Energy Management Plan Report for 2016/2017 supports UFV’s commitment to energy efficiency and conservation by providing a framework for reducing energy consumption and its associated environmental impact. Within the Report is an outline of the actions completed, the progress made, and plan moving forward to ensure our operations are as energy efficient as … Read moreJuly 2017 – Sustainable Energy Management Plan (SEMP) Report Published