Energy Resource Management Fund (from the Sustainability Office) to effect meaningful change.
E. UTSC - a greener campus
Project Leader: Saira Meese-Tamuri.
We have now branched out to UTSC! We are now working within the campus to impliment sustainable practices in research labs.
Where to compost in RW:
1st floor Undergrad Student Lounge
4th floor Grad Student Lounge
5th floor East Hallway
Where to compost in ESC:
2nd floor EEB lounge
2nd floor Forestry kitchen
3rd floor EEB kitchen
As of the fall of 2008, both Ramsay Wright and the Earth Sciences
Centre have organics collection programs, courtesy of Facilities &
Services and the caretaking staff of both buildings. The program is the
result of petitioning by UTBEAT's Composting project leader, Simona Rasanu. In the
2007/08 schoolyear, she led a successful
compost volunteer-based program in both buildings, which demonstrated
that occupants of the buildings would compost if given the option.
Management of the program by F&S will help ensure its longevity.
Paper reduction in courses
The focus of this project is to encourage course instructors and
coordinators to implement a double-siding policy for their courses by
asking students to hand in all assignments double-sided and double-siding
all course materials. We have been pleased to find that not only were
many were happy to include such a policy, but that some had already
implemented these and other paper-conservation practices within their
In the summer of 2007, UTBEAT approached BIO150's Corey Goldman.
BIO150 not only requested that students submit double-sided assignments,
but adopted a number of other paper-saving practices. These included
eliminating the paper slips for lab reassignments, refraining from
reprinting class attendance sheets when enrollment changed, and providing a number of materials for both students and TAs
only in electronic format online. Although we expect that a large
proportion of these electronic materials were printed by students and
TAs, we estimate that over 9,000 sheets of paper were saved
through these initiatives (over 4500 through assignment
double-siding). UTBEAT is now working with course coordinator Corey
Goldman to develop a survey for students that will reduce the uncertainty
in these estimates.
Furthermore, Melody Neumann (Department of CSB) has adopted paper-saving strategies in
BIO130, BIO240/241, and BIO255. These classes together reach thousands of first and second year
undergraduates – leading to a further thousands of sheets of paper saved!
Double-siding bound theses
Thanks to UTBEAT, graduating students may now submit their
departmental copies of bound theses in double-sided format to CSB, EEB,
and Forestry. Double-siding means theses will weigh half as much and take
up half the space in our libraries. Check out handy tips for double-siding theses. Thank you to
Ian Buglass, Gary Sprules, Kitty Lam and
Malcolm Campbell who are now working toward making this a policy for all
3. Down with disposable dishes!
Project Leaders: Aaron Hall(EEB) and Daryl David (CSB).
The goal of this project is to encourage our departments and
departmental groups to phase out the use of disposable dishes during
Currently, reusable mugs are now used at Departmental Seminars for both EEB and CSB.
These mugs were collected both through generous donations of mugs (EEB) and by purchase of an excess order of mugs (CSB). Styrofoam disposable cups are no longer in use at CSB/EEB Departmental Seminars. Use a coffee mug, save the world!
UTBEAT developed a document outlining several possible alternatives on campus to the
use of disposable dishes and distributed this in August 2008 to staff
in EEB and CSB. This was well received, and EEB staff expressed
their intention to make use of this information in planning future
departmental events. This project has thus achieved one of its major
However, efforts to reduce the use of disposables will continue. In
particular, we are actively promoting the use of travel mugs instead
of paper cups, both at departmental functions and at cafes on campus--in
part by raising awareness about U of T's Lug-a-Mug campaign.
This ongoing project is intended to promote environmentally friendly
practices by individuals in the department, specifically with respect to
light use, water use, elevator use and recycling. In many cases, this
involves posting signs in key areas, while in others, we are petitioning
CSB to upgrade or repair current facilities in Ramsay Wright.
5. Lights out campaign
We aim to dispel the
myth that turning lights on and off uses more energy than it’s worth.
For a standard fluorescent bulb, this is only true if you’re flipping the
switch more than once every 5 seconds! In general, if the overall
lifespan of the bulb is taken into account, it’s best to turn out the
lights whenever you’re going to be out of the room for more than about 5
minutes (e.g., if leaving for lunch or a seminar).
The first phase of our energy campaign was a competition encouraging
occupants of Ramsay Wright and Earth Sciences to turn off lights when
they're not needed, running from January 12th to
February 13th, 2009.
Overall, we were pleased to find that lights were shut off in the
evening quite diligently, and as the contest progressed, more labs were
turning off their lights during lunch break, when rooms were left
unoccupied. Moreover, thanks to the campaign and Janet Harrison, Ramsay
Wright autoclave lights are now turned off after work hours.
6. Lab sustainability
Did you know that closing your fume hood sash can save a lot of energy?
Or that you can recycle your batteries in both Ramsay Wright and Earth
Sciences? Download this poster with
handy lab sustainability tips and put it up in your lab (printing on
scrap paper highly encouraged)!