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Executive Order of Facilities Services and Campus Development:

Energy Management Policy for VIU


To clearly define the goals and objectives for VIU, in respect to the reduction of energy consumption on our campuses in a manner consistent with:

  1. the Sustainability Policy of the Campus Master Plan, and
  2. the recommendations of the VIU Sustainability Committee,

Our general goals are to:

  1. reduce energy consumption;
  2. reduce waste and emissions;
  3. seek environmentally neutral sources of heating, cooling, and energy; and to
  4. reduce pollution.


  • We are committed to using the resources we consume in the most sustainable, energy efficient manner possible in order to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment.
  • This commitment is to ensure:
    • We actively seek ways to reduce our energy consumption and Greenhouse Gases emissions
    • We set clearly defined achievable goals
    • We engage all members of the VIU campuses in this process
    • We create a culture on campus to promote a greener environment
    • We comply with all current Federal & Provincial requirements in regards to sustainability and carbon neutrality; and
    • We operate as a good corporate citizen of our community, because it is the “right thing to do.”
  • We set standards for the operations of buildings and vehicles that will apply to each Department or Group of the University equally, as a means to control energy consumption. The standards demonstrate prudent energy management while at the same time, work within the requirements of the Occupational Environment Regulation of WorkSafe BC.
  • We seek the use of alternative clean energy sources in all of our development and maintenance projects, and apply those technologies that are economically, socially, and environmentally responsible.
  • We work to help VIU occupants to better understand energy consumption and the means by which individuals can influence reductions through prudent use of resources. The University provides incentives within it’s Energy Management Communication Plan, including elements both fiscal and behavioural, that compel administrators and the general Campus populace to use the least energy necessary in order to achieve personal, professional, and program goals.

Conservation Targets as a Function of Legal Requirements:

  • Bill 44 Greenhouse Gas (GhG) Reduction Act requires VIU emissions in 2020 to be 33% reduction of the 2007 level;
  • 33% reduction by 2020 is possible at the rate of 90 tonnes of eCO2 /year, which will be mostly achieved through reductions in natural gas consumption (5%).

Specific Conservation Targets for 2010/11:

  • 10% reduction in electricity (behaviour change)
  • 3.3% reduction in natural gas consumption (standards and protocols)