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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Buildings and Grounds

In 2010 the Kamloops campus underwent an extensive energy audit, followed by a $1.5-million energy retrofit encompassing 78 percent of the campus building area. A partnership with BC Hydro under their Continuous Optimization Program promises further energy efficiency advancements to come.

Strategic Energy Management Plan

Energy Management Plan

Energy management is a continous process of managing behavioural, organizational, and technical change to improve a building's energy performance.

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Green Cleaning Program

This program emphasizes the use of environmentally preferred products, maintenance of cleaning equipment and effective cleaning practices.

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Green Labs Program

Laboratory faculty, staff and students who participate in the program perform assessments, reduce waste and improve recycling, replace inefficient equipment and transition to best practices.

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LEED certification

Many buildings on campus were built or designed with environmental sustainability in mind. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that indicates the level of standards for environmnentally responsible construction. Ratings include: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Brown Family House of Learning — LEED Gold

It includes a green roof, water efficient landscaping, showers for bikers, and 75 percent of its lighting is provided by natural light.

Independent Centre

Up to LEED Gold standards but not certified.

2010 Dream Home

TRU student Jody Martens won the Equilibrium House Design Competition, designing a net zero home where passive and active solar systems will generate as much energy as it consumes in normal home living.

Kamloops Centre for Water Quality — LEED Gold

This building was co-financed by TRU and TRU has labs and training programs within the building.

Low Carbon District Energy System

TRU’s Low Carbon District Energy System (LCDES) is an ambitious project that will significantly reduce TRU’s dependence on fossil fuels to power its campus buildings. The project started in 2020 and, once complete by 2031, will reduce emissions by around 95 percent.

Water Management Plan

Water management is a continuous process involving managing behavioural, organizational, and technical change to improve a building's water performance.

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