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ECO Initiatives

ECO Initiatives
Tree Plantings

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King’s has successfully planted over 200 trees and shrubs on campus over two tree planting events. These events were possible thanks to the Green Team, ReForest London’s fund matching and assistance, and the efforts of all the volunteers that came out to plant!

 

 

 

King’s Solar!

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Since 2011, King's has been producing some of its own electricity with two sets of solar panels on the roofs of the Wemple building and Labatt Hall. Check out the King's SolarVu portal to monitor how much electricity (and cost savings) the solar panels are producing for the campus!

 

 

 

Green Bus

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Green power of another kind is makings an appearance at King’s – horsepower. The Aboutown shuttle bus is smaller in size and uses propane to help reduce its environmental impact. This bus has also been supported by Brescia College.

 

 

 

 

Chimney Swift Habitat Protection

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Chimney Swifts are a threatened bird species protected under both provincial and federal legislation.  King’s has been integral in the survival of this species by allowing them to roost in the Wemple chimney. During September 2013, 1604 Swifts were found roosting in the chimney. This is the highest number of swifts tallied in a single building on a single night since monitoring began in 2003. The King’s community takes pride in providing a home for these birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certified LEED Silver!

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The Darryl J. King Student Life Centre is certified LEED Silver.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and is an internationally recognized green building certification system. The building earned a Silver rating through the incorporation of many sustainable features and programs from waste management during construction to features like a green roof and a rainwater cistern, to an innovative green cleaning program. (image LEEDS Certification Kiosk)The building delivers water and energy efficiency, reduced urban heat-island effect, accessibility to sustainable transportation, streamlined recycling, and improved indoor environmental quality.

To learn more about the sustainable features of the building, check out the LEED education kiosk located next to auditorium!

Food Services

Aramark operates food services at King’s and is committed to environmental stewardship. Sustainable activities that Aramark practices at King’s include sending spent fryer oil to be made into biodiesel, providing discounts for reusable mug use, composting kitchen food waste, sustainable food sourcing, green cleaning, and waste minimization.

Physical Plant

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The Physical Plant staff make a positive impact at King’s every day through continual efforts to save energy, conserve resources, and improve the campus environment. Staff members routinely turn off lights in unoccupied spaces, look for ways to improve efficiency, and carry out pivotal activities like waste management, maintenance, and grounds keeping. Many of the eco initiatives on campus are made possible by the work of Physical Plant.

 

 

 

 

Moving Forward

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King’s is continually working to improve its environmental performance. The College is developing a comprehensive plan to steer new projects and progress King’s vision of a sustainable campus. Some projects that are in the works include a Thames River clean up and restoration, installing a living wall, and expanding existing programs, like green cleaning and compost, to the entire campus.

 

 

Contact us to learn more and to share your ideas on how to make King’s greener - sustainability@kings.uwo.ca