Energy Conservation Week Highlights University Sustainable Practices

(May 15, 2009 —Thunder Bay, ON)
Lakehead University is gearing up to participate in Ontario’s Energy Conservation Week, which takes place May 19 – 22, 2009.  A variety of events are designed to raise awareness and encourage University Community members to continue or adopt sustainable practices.  Individuals may drop off used batteries for free and responsible recycling on campus, win a compact fluorescent light bulb, and purchase food from a local supplier at the Main Cafeteria, as well as participate in a variety of other events.

Lakehead is committed to sustainability, and has eliminated more than 7,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions this year, as a result of its major Facility Renewal Project at the Thunder Bay Campus.  Completed in 2008, the project not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also electricity consumption by 23% per year, and saved the University $4.1M in operating costs.

Several other projects and initiatives in the works, including the use of Styrofoam-free packaging by Food Services, and a recycling program that diverts substantial amounts of metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, scrap metal, oil, batteries, paint cartridges, cell phones, and e-waste from landfill sites.

Hugh Briggs, Director of Physical Plant, says, “The commitment to environmental sustainability is ongoing; the changes we have implemented, and continue to implement, are long-term changes that are designed to make operations as cost-efficient and energy-efficient as possible.  We have already begun to experience the benefits from several of these changes, and future generations will continue to benefit from the improvements that we’re implementing now.”

Briggs says, “Lakehead University’s Sustainability Committee continues to examine areas where improvements to current practices may be realized.  We encourage everyone to participate in Ontario’s Energy Conservation Week, as substantial changes are best made with a concerted effort from the entire community.”

For more information about Lakehead’s sustainability initiatives, visit  For more information about Lakehead University – Orillia Campus, visit


Media:  Hugh Briggs is available for media interviews. For more information contact Lisa Pelot, Communications Officer, at 343-8177, or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit


Last updated May 15, 2009

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