Capilano University has big goals when it comes to energy efficiency
The statistics speak for themselves when it comes to Capilano University's energy efficiency achievements, says energy manager William (Bill) Demopoulos.
"We’re currently 88% LED lighting indoors and 100% LED outdoors," he points out proudly. "CapU is now consuming 24.5% less electricity than it did in 2007, and those savings help us get more projects approved."
It wouldn't be possible without strategic energy management – where energy efficiency is a fundamental value for every stakeholder group in an organization. Demopoulos says the massive power savings come thanks to a combination of student and employee sustainability programs, as well as administrative support for various energy efficiency programs.
The university is not going to rest on its laurels. Ahead lies preparing buildings for climate change, and reducing natural gas usage in favour of electricity, in order to reduce carbon emissions by another 360 tonnes by 2020.
"Energy management is a holistic activity that has to happen at all levels of an organization, and has to appeal to peoples' values, rather than merely dollars and cents, or technical aspects. Engaging with people and getting them excited about the possibilities of energy management is very rewarding."
William Demopoulos, Sustainability Manager and Energy Manager, Capilano University