Track Sustainable Development with Energy Master Plan

June 22, 2018

Carleton University’s Energy Master Plan is a whole-campus road map to sustainable development. Here’s how to create your own.

A well-planned approach to sustainable development could be what your facility or campus needs to set the pace toward sustainability and track progress toward your green goals.

Kicking off the next chapter of its ambitious sustainability strategy, Carleton University recently unveiled its 2018-2021 Energy Master Plan. The document builds on the inaugural master plan released in 2014 and presents a whole-campus road map to build on previous initiatives and achieve new goals.

Inside the Energy Master Plan

The new plan addresses current facility conditions, energy utilization and sustainability ratings, a detailed analysis of current and future energy and water needs, and plans for retrofits that will reduce energy consumption and lower the campus’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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It also sets out ambitious sustainable development goals for the next three years, including:

  • Build a co-generation energy plant
  • Develop an equipment optimization program to increase energy efficiency
  • Complete the ongoing LED lighting replacement
  • Increase research opportunities
  • Introduce a Green Engagement Fund to support smaller sustainability education programs
  • Expand access to energy data, including more energy display screens in key common areas around campus

How to Create an Energy Master Plan

Carleton University achieved a silver rating for the Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating (STARS) and ranks in the top 35 global schools in the UI Green Metric rankings, due in part to the energy stewardship provided by the master plan.

The first phase of sustainable campus initiatives delivered a 2,693,298 kWh reduction in annual electricity use, a 25,247-cubic-meter reduction in annual water use and a 19,067-cubic-meter reduction in annual natural gas use, the equivalent of removing 440 passenger vehicles from the road every year.

To create your own master plan, start by conducting comprehensive audits on every building to determine which ones would benefit most from sustainability initiatives. Carleton engaged Honeywell to study all campus buildings and recommend efficiency improvements.

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You also need a way to measure your sustainable progress against the initial baseline from your audit; Carleton uses STARS and the Green Globes certification to monitor progress.

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Janelle Penny | Editor-in-Chief at BUILDINGS

Janelle Penny has been with BUILDINGS since 2010. She is a two-time FOLIO: Eddie award winner who aims to deliver practical, actionable content for building owners and facilities professionals.

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