Kamloops This Week
This week, a platinum sustainability rating has returned to the Thompson Rivers University campus for the second time.
TRU manager of sustainability programs James Gordon and his peers stood in the boiler room of the School of Trades and Technology to share accolades about the school’s performance in sustainability with the community during a press conference.
TRU is now the first Canadian university to have received platinum — the highest possible rating — twice and is one of six universities in the world to reach the standing, according to the Association for the Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Gordon added that a project called The Low Carbon District Energy System, begun two years ago in collaboration with Vancouver-based company Creative Energy to use air-source and water-source heat pumps, water-source heat pumps with BC Hydro’s “clean electricity” to reduce fossil fuel consumption to heat campus buildings by more than 90 per cent, compared to 2020 levels.