Fanshawe College is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
AASHE is the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. It serves a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries.
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is the most recognized measurement and reporting framework in the world for benchmarking sustainability performance in higher education. With more than 650 participants on six continents, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized reporting framework in the world for benchmarking a college or university’s sustainability performance.
Participants report achievements in four overall areas:
- planning and administration
The rating system awards Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum for points earned in each category. Minimum points for each level are 25, 45, 65, and 85 respectively. Energy efficiency and waste diversion are operational aspects taken into account; this system also awards points for sustainability efforts in categories such as curriculum, human resources, and innovative programs.
In 2019, Fanshawe submitted its second STARS report, which surpassed the 65-point threshold for gold with a total score of 65.25 points. Fanshawe’s STARS achievement has helped educate the college of our current achievements while identifying opportunities to elevate our status as leaders in institutional sustainability. Fanshawe is committed to becoming a more sustainable college and has already made significant progress with plenty of room to grow. Going forward, we hope to continue to unite students and employees in our current sustainability initiatives and goals.
View the full STARS report for Fanshawe College on the STARS website.
Fanshawe College is a member of OCUSP: Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals. The purpose of this group is to connect Colleges and Universities in Ontario for sharing of ideas and best practices and to monitor the environmental performance of institutions.
OCUSP consist of University and College professionals representing the majority of academic institutions in Ontario. All members have job duties that are directly or indirectly relevant to sustainability on a post-secondary campus.
The Pan Canadian Protocol for Sustainability
Fanshawe College is a proud signatory of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Pan Canadian Protocol for Sustainability
In 2009, the college signed the Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability, agreeing to provide leadership and maximize our contribution to a sustainable future. This allowed us to formalize our commitment to sustainability and begin establishing a sustainable culture at the College. Since then, we have worked hard to make changes in many areas of the College to implement best practices in both our operations and academic areas.
View The Pan Canadian Protocol for Sustainability on Colleges and Institutes Canada website
Greenhouse Gas Roadmap and Action Plan
Fanshawe has been focused on energy conservation for more than three decades. Between 2005 and 2017, the College has invested in energy conservation, energy demand management and onsite renewable energy generation. These initiatives have resulted in over $15 million in energy savings and reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 17,000 tons (tCO2e) which is equivalent to removing 3,200 cars or light trucks from use for one year.
To support the ongoing culture of conservation and sustainability at Fanshawe, the College completed a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap and Action Plan. This included a GHG inventory and an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit of each building located in London, St. Thomas, Simcoe and Woodstock. This audit assessed over 2.3 million square feet of Fanshawe’s buildings. The goal of this action plan is to reduce the college’s GHG emissions by 30% below 2013 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
Fanshawe’s GHG Reduction Strategy involved four key elements:
- Conservation and demand management: Retrofit and optimize existing equipment to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment;
- Space optimization and net zero buildings: Optimize existing useable space, and construct High Performance buildings like LEED or Net Zero Carbon buildings as part of campus expansion;
- Fleet and facility electrification: Reduce the use of natural gas, gasoline and diesel in college operations and replace or convert fossil fuel burning equipment to electricity;
- Renewable energy: Generate and use more renewable power on campus such as solar and geothermal.
Formed in 2015 as part of Fanshawe’s Energy Conservation and Demand Management (ECDM) Plan, the Energy Team reviews progress of the ECDM, identifies additional measures that can be taken to improve energy consumption, and oversees he implementation of the College Community Awareness and Training programs. The Energy Team meets once per semester.
Co-Chair: Shawn Harrington, Director, Campus Planning and Capital Development
Co-Chair: Ivan Walker, Senior Manager, Facilities Operations and Sustainability
Peter Gilbert, Chief Infrastructure Officer
Jamie Calvert, Manager, Facilities, Maintenance Services and Utilities
Tom Davis, Faculty, Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology
Rich McEvoy, Manager, Facilities Information Systems
Donna McInnes, Manager, Project and Construction Management
Brian Bergsma, Manager, Facilities Planning and Development
Nathan Gerber, Energy Coordinator, Campus Planning and Capital Development
Amanda Whittingham, Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Operations and Sustainability
Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan
Energy conservation has been a focus of Fanshawe for more than three decades. Between 2005 and 2017, the period for which data is available, the College has invested in energy conservation and demand management initiatives, as well as onsite renewable energy generation. During this time frame, these initiatives have resulted in avoidances of approximately $15 million in energy cost and of GHG emissions by 17,000 tCO2e, the equivalent to removing 3,200 cars or light trucks from use for one year. This represents an avoided energy cost of $3 million and GHG emissions of 2,100 tCO2e in 2017 over 2005 baseline levels.
To further these energy conservation initiatives, the College has recently completed an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit, as part of its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap and GHG Inventory of Scope 1, 2 & 3 GHG emissions. This audit assessed just over 2.3 million square feet, at 28 buildings located in London, St. Thomas, Simcoe and Woodstock. The results of this energy audit have formed the basis and details of Energy Management Opportunities identified in this Plan, along with EMOs from prior comprehensive Energy Audit completed in 2013.