Lakehead University

Lakehead University is committed to being a forerunner in university environmental sustainability. A major Facility Renewal Project for its Thunder Bay Campus, completed in 2008, has resulted in significant reductions in Lakehead's energy use, energy cost, and greenhouse gas emissions. The $23.3M capital project has realized savings to date of $4.1M with an electrical usage reduction of 23% per year and a gas usage reduction of 43% per year. As a result, Lakehead has eliminated the release of 7,031 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Food Services uses Styrofoam-free packaging and each year Lakehead’s recycling program diverts substantial amounts of metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, scrap metal, oil, batteries, print cartridges, cell phones, and e-waste from landfill sites.

Lakehead’s new permanent Orillia Campus, scheduled to open in fall 2010, will be sustainable from its inception.  It is the first full campus in North America to be designed to LEED PLATINUM standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Lakehead University’s Sustainability Committee continues to examine areas where improvements to current practices may be realized.

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