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Laurier awarded 2014 Environmental Recognition Award
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The City of Brantford’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) awarded Laurier with the 2014 Environmental Recognition Award in the Green Non-profit category, in recognition of sustainability design standards for major construction projects.
Brian Rosborough, senior executive officer at Laurier’s Brantford campus, was joined by Claire Bennett, Laurier’s sustainability coordinator, at city council on Tuesday to receive the award from Brantford Mayor Chris Friel.
The award was presented in recognition of the Research and Academic Centre West and East, the second and third building in Brantford to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The west building was certified in March 2013, and the east building in February 2014.
“The LEED certification process is extremely rigorous, and Laurier pursued it to showcase our commitment to sustainable building practices and community leadership,” said Bennett. “Benefits from the sustainable design standards include improved air and water quality less fossil fuels use and significantly reduced carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.”
Sustainable features of the Research and Academic Centre include: low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency glass, no-irrigation vegetation, natural day lighting with super energy efficient light fixtures, bike storage, elimination of refrigerant coolant HCFCs, regional and recycled materials, reduced parking and hard surfaces, a solar-reflecting roof and construction waste diversion.
This is the second year that the EPAC has given out these recognition awards. In 2013, Laurier alumnus Reuben DeBoer (’12) received the award in the Youth Leadership category. He was recognized for spearheading many sustainability initiatives at Laurier including serving as the founding coordinator of the EcoHawks, overseeing the implementation of an organic waste and composting program and the installation of water bottle refill stations, and establishing a sustainability fee for Laurier Brantford students to fund sustainability office initiatives that promote environmental awareness on campus.
More information on the Research and Academic Centre is available here, and more information about Laurier’s Sustainability Office is here.
For more information about the City of Brantford’s Environmental Recognition Awards, please click here.