In Fall 2017, a two-year term position was created within the Sustainability Office to focus on reducing paper and plug load energy consumption at Red River College. The Resource Reduction Specialist role was created to tackle these two issues for several reasons:
These two items both address the strategic theme of “Foster Sustainable Growth” set out in the College’s Strategic Plan by tackling all three “P”s of sustainability:
- People: we will engage staff in determining and implementing solutions
- Planet: we will decrease our collective environmental footprint
- Profits: we will save money for the College
In a 2017 survey, staff ranked these two items as the most important sustainability issues on campus:
- 71% of staff surveyed said that reducing energy consumption was extremely important or very important
- 65% of staff surveyed said that reducing paper use in offices and classrooms was extremely important or very important
In July, 2016 the College entered into a 67 month contract with Xerox Canada to manage and optimize our fleet print environment. Xerox is working with the College’s Print Optimization Working Group (POWG) to develop several strategies to maximize the benefit of that partnership.
As our new buildings become more and more energy efficient, plug load energy reduction will have a larger impact on overall energy use. For example, while it’s estimated that plug load energy accounts for 15% of our energy use at the Notre Dame Campus, we’re anticipating that this number will jump as high as 40% for the Innovation Centre.
Go to each section to find out more about the specific initiatives we’re working on:
- Paper Reduction
- Plug Load Energy Reduction