An energy-saving project to be constructed beneath front campus is one of dozens the university will undertake over the next decade to reduce its carbon footprint.
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With its expansive lawn flanked by heritage buildings like Convocation Hall and University College, Front Campus is the historic centrepiece of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. Now, the iconic green space is poised to be at the heart of the university’s mission to reduce carbon emissions and meet ambitious climate change commitments.
A new sustainability project proposed under U of T’s Low Carbon Action Plan aims to make Front Campus the site of a geoexchange system. Boreholes would be drilled deep into the ground to allow for storage of surplus heat, generated by mechanical systems in the summer, for use in the cold winter months.
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The University of Toronto has unveiled an ambitious Low-Carbon Action Plan that will propel it towards its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 37 per cent from 1990 levels by the year 2030 and put it on a path to becoming a “net-zero” institution.
Read the U of T News story “U of T accelerates emissions reduction efforts with new Low-Carbon Action Plan“.
Read the Low Carbon Action Plan.
After the Governing Council passed a new Smoke-Free Policy on December 13, 2018, the University of Toronto became a smoke-free campus. This policy reflects the University’s commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone in the U of T community.
The University of Toronto has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year.
This designation, issued by editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes employers who are leaders in developing exceptional sustainability initiatives and creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.
Greener News is the St George campus Sustainability Office’s newsletter. It was created to reach out to staff, students and faculty with news about what’s happening in our sustainability community.