November 26, 2008 15:49 ET

BCIT Named 'Canada's Greenest Campuses'

Achieving Business Excellence magazine profiles the institute in its December issue

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2008) - An international publication with a readership of tens of thousands has named all five British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) campuses "Canada's greenest". In the December issue of Achieving Business Excellence magazine, BCIT's campuses are referred to as living laboratories, "tackling sustainability through a team approach between operations and academics".

"I am thrilled that Achieving Business Excellence has featured BCIT as Canada's greenest campuses," says Jennie Moore, director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship within the BCIT School of Construction and the Environment (SoCE). "It is thanks to the foresight and team approach between BCIT operations and academics that we are reducing our footprint."

In fact, BCIT facilities management is achieving real total energy reductions year after year. According to a Natural Resources Canada survey, BCIT achieves the lowest energy intensity per square foot of built space in campuses across the country. "Our commitment to transforming our campuses into living laboratories of sustainability will help us do even better," Moore says.

With projects ranging from modeling sustainable domestic construction methods and systems to becoming greenhouse gas neutral by undertaking a comprehensive ecological footprint analysis, sustainability tops the BCIT priority list. With Moore acting as a catalyst for change, numerous institute-wide projects currently underway involve faculty and staff from all five campuses.

"My job was created to help move the school and the institute toward sustainability in all its activities," Moore adds. "One of the first things done was to draw up a memorandum of understanding between the school and the Administrative Services department. Again, the aim is creating nothing less than a 'living laboratory of sustainability on an institutional scale.'"

In collaboration with BCIT facilities management, the SoCE has assessed the ecological footprint of the institute's largest campus. The aim is to expand the pilot footprint project from one campus to the whole institute and to use the Ecological Footprint as a performance measure to assess BCIT's progress towards achieving ecological sustainability. Additional initiatives include the BCIT Energy Management program; Recycling program; Food Services Sustainability Initiative; BCIT Green Team; and Pacific Spirit Project - to name a few.

BCIT is a public post-secondary academic institution that operates five campuses and thirteen satellite offices across British Columbia. The School of Construction and Environment is one of six schools that comprise BCIT, and is concerned with the natural environment, the built environment, and the relationship between them.

For further information on BCIT's sustainability framework, visit http://www.bcit.ca/construction/sustainability/. To read the Achieving Business Excellence article in full, visit bus-ex.com and click the image of The Green Dimension.

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