Partnering with our communities for climate action

The District Energy Centre at the Davis Campus in Brampton.

With almost half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions produced by local communities, municipalities have a vital role to play in the fight against climate change — and Sheridan is here to support them.

As active collaborators in the communities where we live and work, Sheridan is poised to lend leadership and expertise to our municipal partners’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The institution has partnered with the Town of Oakville, the City of Brampton, and other municipalities to assist in the development and implementation of their Community Energy Plans.

The plans, which are expected to be released in early 2020, will set targets for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across the municipalities, and put in place strategies and tactics to achieve them. These efforts include comprehensive studies on current energy use, retrofitting existing buildings to make them more energy efficient, helping developers design more sustainable communities, and ensuring a robust transportation strategy to reduce the number of personal vehicles on the road. The municipal energy reduction strategies in Oakville and Brampton may also involve connecting the Trafalgar Road and Davis campuses’ respective new state-of-the-art District Energy systems to municipal resources, helping share excess thermal energy between Sheridan and our communities.

Sheridan is also providing expertise and project management support from its Sustainability team to the municipalities’ respective Energy Task Forces, which are comprised of municipal government representatives, community leaders and external consultants.

Sheridan’s role in the Community Energy Plan partnerships draws on its successes in significantly reducing its own energy use and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, which are on track to surpass the original goal of a 50% reduction by the end of 2020.

“We have a model at Sheridan that has proven highly effective for reducing our energy use and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions,” says Herb Sinnock, Sheridan’s Director of Sustainability. “We strive to share our leadership in this sphere with our broader communities and together design long-lasting, meaningful solutions.”

Sheridan has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability through a Silver STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, reflecting significant progress towards sustainability in academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, innovation and community leadership. The institution was also named as a top “green” college by The Princeton Review’s renowned Guide to Green Colleges in 2018 and 2019.

"We strive to share our leadership in this sphere with our broader communities and together design long-lasting, meaningful solutions."
– Herb Sinnock, Director of Sustainability –