A 'green' university
The University of New Brunswick is working towards ‘greening’ both campuses.
Reducing our environmental footprint can sometimes be challenging on campuses that have 100-year-old buildings, but we're working together and are committed to transforming the University to an environmentally sound, friendly and conscious entity. The AAU presidents are working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Steps to implement an energy sustainability plan and building an environmentally conscious University has begun:
- Commons designed to meet Leeds Silver
- New buildings will meet NB Green Building Policy
- Both NBCC buildings on both campuses designed to be Leeds Silver
- The creation of a dedicated sustainability office and committee
- $7 million energy auditing and retrofit program
- The replacement of thousands of incandescent lamps to more energy efficient ones
- A bicycle rental program available to staff and students
- Reusable dishware used wherever possible
- Bathroom paper products are 100 per cent recycled
- The use of green cleaning products
- The replacement of appliances and equipment with Energy Star qualified products
- Participation in Earth Day activities
- Traditional, computer and electronics recycling programs are in place
- The introduction of 'green' frosh kits
- Active student-run organizations such as UNB Green – focused on recycling programs in residence and the campus buildings
- Participation in Recyclemania was the biggest 'green' event in UNB history
- Local transit is encouraged through a bus pass paid through graduate student fees
- Active participation in receiving a positive 'green' report card
These are just a few of the areas we are working on.
We know our future depends on everyone doing their own part to protect the environment. And we want to do ours.