Climate change at UNB

climate change action

Interuniversity Services Incorporated (ISI), in association with the Atlantic Universities and Colleges Sustainability Network, approached UNB during the fall of 2009, to support a President's Climate Change Statement.

In support of this statement, UNB developed an emission reduction plan to meet New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan (2007-12), based strictly on building's utility savings through an Energy Management Program and upgrades to the Central Heating Plant.

The President's Climate Change Statement through ISI did not materialize, but UNB carried out an emission reduction plan and mitigated rising utility costs while avoiding carbon dioxide emissions.

UNB met 2012 targets and continues to work towards the 2020 goals.

Today, UNB seeks to achieve and exceed the government's newest targets.

Timeline at UNB

1996: Implementation of an Energy Management Program which saved millions of dollars while increasing energy efficiency on the Fredericton campus

2008: Founding of the Environmental Management Program and renaming of the Faculty of Forestry to the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management

2011: Opening of UNB's first LEED Gold certified building, the Hans W. Klohn Commons, on the Saint John campus

2014: Implementation of UNB Sustainability and hiring of a Sustainability Coordinator

2015: Environmental certification of 11 different buildings on the Fredericton campus using BOMA BESt

2016: Formation of the Climate Change Action Plan Committee, with students, staff, faculty and community members from both campuses

2017: Certification of UNB Fredericton as a STARS Silver campus

2018: Opening of the Kinesiology Building, the first building on the Fredericton campus to be built to LEED Gold standards