Greening up the campus

in Moose Jaw, on June 14, 2017. -- (Crystal Schick/Times-Herald)

Sask. Poly Moose Jaw campus receives provincial environmental award

Moose Jaw’s Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus has been recognized with a provincial award for sustainable management.

“We’re very proud of that campus for sure and the efforts that are taken there by our staff and the management of that building,” said Nancy Cherney, assistant deputy minister of the property management division with the Ministry of Central Services, which owns the property. “We are very conscious about the environmental impact and reducing that impact in the community itself.”

The building was recently awarded the provincial Building Owners and Managers Association Building Environmental Standards (BOMA BEST) Earth Award recognizing excellence in energy conservation and environmental management. Buildings that rate the highest on Canada-wide criteria, such as reduction in water usage, air quality, building comfort, health and wellness and waste management, receive the award.

“We don’t really know which one of our buildings is being run in closest alignment with their criteria until we get notification of an award, but we’re always striving to meet those energy conservation requirements and improvements,” said Cherney.

Moose Jaw’s Sask. Poly campus uses recycling to divert 25 per cent of waste from the landfill, uses 35 per cent less energy than the average Canadian university or college and 50 per cent less water than the BOMA BEST average for buildings of similar size and usage.

“We think all of those things together are pretty significant,” said Cherney. “Obviously when we can make reductions in the use in energy consumption and water usage, costs come down. So it makes it much more efficient for us to manage those buildings. It’s a cost-efficient way and has a positive impact on the environment overall.”

Jeff Chow, associate vice-president of facilities management at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, said it was exciting to work in a building that received an award for sustainable management.
“We’re very excited for the Ministry of Central Services,” he said. “We strive to work and live and learn in a social and environmentally sustainable manner.”

At the campus, he said there are many environmentally sustainable practices utilized daily, such as increased recycling on campus.

“The staff, students and faculty they all take part in it. The more we can recycle, the better it is,” said Chow. “The attitude of people is changing and I think everybody’s getting on board and are glad we’re doing our little part in helping the environment.”

The W.G. Davies Building on Ominica Street West was also a finalist for the Earth Award.

“We have more certified BOMA BEST properties than any other management organization in the province,” said Cherney. “So we think that’s a pretty significant achievement on its own.”

in Moose Jaw, on June 14, 2017. —
(Crystal Schick/Times-Herald)