Ainslie Cruickshank, Toronto Star
June 14, 2017
A federal database shows U of T's downtown campus is one of the city's top polluters, but that doesn't tell us much about its energy efficiency.
The University of Toronto’s St. George campus is one of the city’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, polluting more than the Redpath sugar refinery, a federal government database shows.
But the university and two environmental groups warned that a facility’s annual emissions alone don’t offer much insight into its environmental record.
“The size of the emitter doesn’t tell you that much about whether they’re good or bad,” said Keith Brooks, Environmental Defence’s programs director.
“The real question is how efficient they are,” said Franz Hartmann, the executive director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, in a separate interview.
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