As I walk around our campus I notice small acts of environmental awareness increasing in frequency. Reusable coffee mugs, use of sidewalk chalk for event advertising, deliberate reduction of printing in offices – these all add up. Our campus community has a long-held reputation for acting with social awareness and concern – we are now engaged in active and timely conservation.
Support of the retrofitting of our beautiful but ageing campus is another opportunity for faculty and staff to make a substantial impact on conservation. Better boiler rooms, well sealed windows, lighting upgrades and other retrofits can result in an annual savings of more than $1.7 million and prevent approximately 6,874 tonnes of CO2 from being released in our atmosphere. We need your help to accomplish this objective.
You can join those you work, teach and study with in greening the University of Guelph by giving generously to the Energy Conservation Fund. The fund is a student initiative that supports energy efficient work, study and research environments. We have used donations received to date to begin many of the necessary retrofits.
Donations can be made either through a payroll deduction or a one- time pledge. Contributions made by students, staff and faculty are matched by the University, which doubles the impact and speed of the pace of change.
I am grateful to the members of our campus community who have supported the energy Conservation Fund and other campus initiatives.
To learn more about U of G’s energy retrofits or to make a donation, please click the link below and select Cornerstone from the drop down menu. To make a one time gift via credit card, please click: http://www.alumni.uoguelph.ca/cgi-bin/online_giving.pl
To make a monthly payroll deduction pledge, please click: http://www.alumni.uoguelph.ca/support_cornerstone.htm
For further information on how to donate call extension 56695
To learn more about the Energy Retrofit project please visit: http://www.pr.uoguelph.ca/sustain/retrofits.html