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Ryerson University is committed to improving the efficiency of our energy consumption. This starts with measuring our carbon footprint to get a clear overview of our impact on the environment. Each year, we increase the scope of what we measure in order to identify additional areas for improvement. Measuring all energy data also fulfills the Ontario Regulation 507/18, external link reporting requirement.

We are focused on building our capacity to collect the more detailed and accurate energy usage data needed to support leading management practices.

Ryerson's total carbon emissions for 2015

Carbon footprint graph summary

32 percent student, faculty, staff commute; 0.1 percent purchasing; 0.1 percent chilled water; 1 percent waste; 7 percent natural gas; 8 percent business travel; 29 percent steam heating; 23 percent electricity.

Total: 7 percent scope 1; 41 percent scope 2; 52 percent scope 3.

Scope 1 captures direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which covers sources owned or controlled by Ryerson (e.g. emissions from Ryerson-owned vehicles).

Scope 2 captures energy indirect GHG emissions, which covers the consumption of purchased energy generated upstream (e.g. electricity generated off-campus but used by Ryerson).

Scope 3 captures other indirect GHG emissions, which are an indirect result of Ryerson operations (e.g. emissions produced from students, faculty and staff who commute to and from campus).

Notable initiatives

Adoption of Encompass environmental management system

Ryerson is only the second organization in North America to adopt Encompass, an environmental management system (EMS) that allows us to develop full scope carbon reduction strategies based on both direct and indirect sources of impact. This tool enables us to build scenarios to forecast and accurately assess various opportunities available for reducing our environmental impact.

Participation in Earth Hour

Ryerson is pleased to participate in Earth Hour, external link, an initiative that shines a light on climate action and symbolizes a collective commitment to address climate change. Facilities Management and Development (FMD) turns off all non-essential lighting in and around university campus buildings during Earth Hour each year.

Installation of energy-saving devices on vending machines

Ryerson installed VendingMisers on all 50 of the refrigerated vending machines located across campus to reduce their energy consumption during periods of low traffic. These sensor-equipped devices automatically shut the machine down when the surrounding area has been vacant for 15 minutes. This reduces the machine’s energy consumption by 15 percent!

Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan

The Energy Conservation and Demand Management (ECDM) Plan is an internal document developed by FMD in response to continued growth in campus energy demands and the university’s need for an affordable, reliable supply of energy. The plan serves to help guide Ryerson’s efforts to reduce campus energy consumption, operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions between 2014 and 2019.