Energy & GHG Emissions Projects

Carbon Neutral Building Project

Walker Environmental Group Walker Environmental Group (WEG), a division of Niagara’s Walker Industries, created a carbon neutral building service, intended to provide an alternative to sustainable buildings that is more accessible and practical for small- to medium-sized organizations. Over the past few years, WEG has conducted a building operations greenhouse gas inventory for the WVEC, as […]

Demand Response Program

In Spring 2013, Niagara College became a participant in the Demand Response DR3 program for both the Welland Campus and Niagara on the Lake Campus. The Ontario Demand Response Program was designed by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to reduce the risk of the reliability of the electricity grid by having contracted participants who can […]

Embedded Energy Manager

In 2012, Niagara College received a grant from the Ontario Power Authority (now IESO) to hire an Embedded Energy Manager (EEM) on a contract until December 31, 2014. The OPA will fund 80% of the Embedded Energy Manager’s annual salary and 80% of the expenses related to the position. The EEM is responsible for implementing […]

Geothermal Heat Pumps

The Rankin Technology Building features a geothermal heat pump to help heat and cool the building, that was implemented in 2009. The 265 kW vertical system has over 40 drops that go 400 feet into the ground which saves approximately 2,300 MWh annually. It uses the earth as a heat source in the winter and […]

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

The Welland Campus HVAC systems upgrade in 2009, has dramatically reduced energy consumption. Two highly efficient, Canadian-made chillers use oil-less technology and magnetic bearings to reduce friction and increase electrical efficiency. Also, eight high efficiency boilers use aluminum heat exchangers to minimize natural gas consumption.

Lighting Adjustments

Have you noticed some of the lights have been turned off at the Welland Campus? Reducing energy consumption is one of the five sustainability targets, and as a strategy, several lighting adjustments have been made to reduce consumption and increase efficiency. All of the adjustments have been programmed to turn off fifteen minutes before sunrise, […]

Lighting Audit

During the summer of 2014, a complete lighting audit was done for both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses revealing a total of26,114 light bulbs, being one third of our total electricity load, or 907 kW. This equates to a total estimated annual consumption from lighting to be 4,746,286 kWh. Since the audit, our Embedded Energy Manager […]

Lighting Retrofits

Starting in 2013, Facilities Management is beginning the process of retrofitting lighting across the Welland Campus and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Niagara College utilizes a wide range of lighting including: Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), T8 and T5 Fluorescent Tubes, a variety of Light Emitting Diode (LED) and more. A retrofit is referred to the addition, elimination or […]

Motion Sensors

Wondering why lights are turning off without anyone doing it manually? Motion sensors have been installed campus wide to conserve energy by automatically turning the lights off when there are no individuals in a room, or hallway! Many of our bathrooms on-campus feature motion sensor lighting. If you walk in and it’s dark just keep walking […]

Niagara Sustainability Initiative

Niagara College has proudly partnered with the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI), a local  not-for-profit organization that is focused on improving environmental and economic performance by engaging the community to reduce carbon emissions, enhance sustainability and improve economic performance. NSI has a mandate that connects government, industry, community and academia to advance the environmental and economic […]

Solar Panels

Niagara College has 500 solar panels on the roof of the Voyageur Building at the Welland Campus. The 95kW roof mounted photovoltaic system is capable of producing a maximum annual yield of 115MWh of power. The solar panels have been tied into the Ontario power grid as part of the Feed-In-Tariff program. 100% of the […]

Sustainable Transportation

Getting to and from campus can be a challenge, especially for students who are travelling to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Niagara College recognizes this, and there are many options to get to campus. U-Pass The Student Administrative Council (SAC) implemented the Universal Bus Pass in September 2007, providing direct links between all Niagara Region Transits including, […]

Utility Sub-Metering

Facilities Management is increasing the utility sub-metering at Niagara College. The electricity, natural gas and water sub-metering will allow for more detailed information to be gathered which will allow more tailored utility reduction programs. This project began in 2013, and will be on-going for some time. The following outlines which buildings are sub-metered for the […]

Wind Turbine

A wind turbine was installed at the Welland Campus in 2009. The vertical wind turbine located outside the Rankin Technology Centre powers a portion of the building. The wind turbine has a continuous out power of 4000W and can save up to 35,000 kWh per year. The Wind Turbine is able to power the lights […]

Window Film

Niagara College has installed window film in the Benchmark Restaurant, the at the Armoury at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the SAC Board Room in Welland, and the Wine Visitor and Education Centre. The window film is a cost effective way to reduce energy consumption by increasing the solar energy rejection, UV light rejection, visible light reflected […]