TWU recognized for environmental initiatives
In 2008, the Trinity Western University community garden began as a pet project for a handful of TWU staff and students. Through partnership with the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) and Christian conservation organization, A Rocha, it has blossomed into 24 individual garden plots spread throughout the 57 acres of agricultural land reserve across the street from TWU’s Langley campus. It is a space where local green thumbs gather to celebrate sustainable agriculture and gardening-newbies can learn how to grow their own food. On Friday, September 17, 2010, Vancity Community Project Grants recognized TWU with a cheque for $9,152 to further the garden’s growth and impact in the community.
“We promote sustainable agriculture by providing demonstration garden workshops, food bank donations and community garden plots in an area where surrounding community gardens have two to three year wait lists for a plot,” says Community Garden Manager, Melissa Oakes. Eventually she would like to see the garden expand into a “garden to plate” program where the produce from the garden is used in partnership with TWU’s cafeteria.
Right now Oakes is focused on hosting a community garden gathering on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Run in conjunction with LEPS Water Wise program, the event will showcase tips on water conservation, gardening advice, and a photo contest.
TWU’s environmental engagement doesn’t stop in the local community – on a provincial level, the University has taken steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by successfully completing the Climate Smart Program. Supported by the City of Vancouver in its drive to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020, Climate Smart is a training program for provincial enterprises to learn from experts on the best practices of managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The certification process involved TWU taking a critical look at its operations, measuring baseline values and finding areas for improvement. The results can be seen in cost-savings and operational efficiency.
The reduction strategies TWU has committed to pursue in 2010 include:
- Retrofitting several campus buildings with geothermal heating and cooling systems
- Installing occupancy sensors
- Installing damper controls with individual office sensors
- Installing variable speed drives on pumps and fans throughout the campus
- Changing older lighting with more efficient bulbs.
Gaining a head start in 2009, TWU’s maintenance team switched 3,000 bulbs in campus buildings to low energy light bulbs. The result was a conservation of 500,000 kilowatt hours and savings of up to $25,000 annually.
TWU Community Garden Gathering
Saturday, October 2, 2010
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
7654 Glover Road
For details contact Melissa Oakes at 778-384-6468
- Last Updated on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:31am
- Author: Jennifer Watton
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