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Environmental Sustainability

Energy Conservation

Annual Energy Costs

Rising Energy Costs: Facilities has undertaken an aggressive course of action to mitigate the effects of rising energy costs. Keyano has been a leader in energy conservation dating back to the early 90's.

  • Keyano was one of the first colleges to aggressively begin the replacement of T-12 lamps to the more energy efficient T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts.
  • Motion sensors were installed in all classrooms and labs during this time and have proven to be an excellent method of conserving energy, saving money and extending the life of fluorescent lamps and ballasts.
  • Facilities also installed Power factor correction capacitors on its main electrical distribution system which lead to reduced peak load consumption.
  • Ventilation fans not in use late at night are shut down to conserve energy and wear and tear on equipment.
  • With the expansion of the Syncrude Technology Centre the College introduced its first automated lighting system which controls all of the interior and exterior lighting at the Clearwater Campus. The system has many features that will allow the college to conserve energy such as shutting off lights when not in use. This system has recently been expanded to include the majority of the Clearwater Campus.
  • The Heating Plant personnel replaced worn out steam traps and repaired faulty valves that could allow water to be wasted.
  • Keyano College is also on track with its expansion of the blue bin recycling program. (More details to follow.)

Another savings that affected both power and gas was achieved when we modified the Custodial hours of work from the night shift to a modified day shift. This change in hours permitted the Utility Plant to shut down the lights and fans throughout the building from 1:00 am to 7:00 am daily resulting in significant savings.

Keyano College continually looks for innovative solutions to rising energy costs.

You Can Help to Conserve and Preserve

Reduce energy consumption. You can immediately reduce campus energy consumption by turning off unnecessary lights and equipment.Configure the energy-saving settings of your personal computer.Rely on low-wattage task lighting or natural sunlight whenever possible.Install motion sensors in common areas.In the classroom:

  • Reduce thermostat settings.
  • Dress comfortably for the weather; adjust your layers before adjusting the thermostat.
  • Turn off office equipment that is not being used, such as printers and copiers (unless such machines are "Energy Efficient" certified units that reduce energy consumption during periods of inactivity).
  • Keep rooms cool by closing shades, especially in empty conference rooms, offices, and common areas.
  • Use energy-saving settings all computers.
  • Use laptop computers if possible. They consume 90% less energy than standard desktop computers.
  • If possible, use ink-jet printers. They consume 90% less energy than laser printers.
  • Purchase energy-efficient equipment.
  • Select the right-sized copier. A mid-volume copier in a low-volume office can use up to 70% more energy per page than a low-volume machine.
  • Turn off electric space heaters. (If you are uncomfortably cool, put on a sweater or contact the Heating Plant.)
  • At home: Avoid opening refrigerators and freezers more often than necessary.
  • Postpone using washers, dryers, and dishwashers until after 7 p.m.
  • Avoid using high-wattage appliances, machines, and illumination.
  • Dress in layers to avoid using fans or portable heaters.
  • Purchase Energy Efficient products including PCs, monitors, printers, copiers, and fax machines, especially models that "power down" after a user-specified period of inactivity.
  • Purchase energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Go paperless!Use your computer instead of paper. •Edit documents on screen rather than printing copies.
  • Use the "Print Preview" function to view documents before printing.
  • Save files and email messages electronically. Don't print hard copies of everything.
  • Post information on the web or use email instead of printing flyers.
  • Eliminate printed handouts and PowerPoint® slides during meetings.

If you must use paper, then reduce paper waste when copying and printing:

  • Only copy materials that you really need.
  • Use copiers properly to avoid misprints.
  • Make double-sided copies whenever possible and request double-sided printing at copy centers.
Print single-spaced drafts of documents and double-spaced copies for final versions only. ("Print Preview" allows you to determine page limits).

If you print it, pick it up. (People sometimes send documents to network printers and never pick them up.)

Reuse paper that has been printed on one side for scratch or note paper, or drop it off in Reprographics for others to use.


Recycling helps reduce the amount of items that normally end up in landfill sites or are burned in incineration plants, which increase the amount of pollution and amount of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, which contributes to global warming. It is our duty to improve the environment in which we live and make our campus a better place and a model to our community. Every item recycled makes a difference.Leave your car at home. Save money and protect the environment by using one of several commuting alternatives.

Leave your car at home

Save money and protect the environment by using one of several commuting alternatives.