An overview of how energy is used at UTM, information on energy conservation projects that have taken place in the past and will take place in the future, tips for saving energy, and information on UTM’s green building practices and alternative energies can be found here.
The environmental impacts of energy use are numerous. Burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, results in the release of carbon dioxide, the primary gas responsible for climate change. Other substances released during the burning of fossil fuels include oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and oxides of sulphur (SOX), which contribute to acid rain and smog. Hydroelectric dams – especially large ones - create major disruptions to aquatic ecosystems. Nuclear power plants, while not emitting any carbon directly, have their own set of problems associated with waste.
It is important to realize that ALL energy use, no matter what its form, has environmental impacts. Even renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar, have some impact, although these are significantly less than the impacts associated with the use of fossil fuels. The most environmentally-friendly kilowatt hour of energy is the one you don’t have to generate. For this reason, the University is focusing on minimizing its energy use in addition to gradually adopting cleaner sources of generation.
To this end, UTM has developed a 5-year energy conservation plan. The plan was finalized in 2014. Click here to read UTM's energy conservation plan.
Want to know more about UTM's energy use? Take a look at our Building Dashboard! (latest version of Flash required). Or stop by the Instructional Centre; the interactive touch-screen display is located in the atrium, across from room 120.