Energy & Climate Change

In the 2010 Dalhousie University Campus Master Plan, Green Power Labs Inc. conducted a solar suitability assessment of the campus. A Campus Utility Master Plan [559 - KB] released in 2012 includes energy and water audits of buildings on campus. Energuide assessments have been completed for Dalhousie owned houses on all campuses. A University temperature guideline has been developed. Over 25 utility and climate projects have been completed and a number are underway.

On December 11, 2009, Dalhousie’s President at the time, Tom Traves, signed the University and College’s Climate Change Statement for Canada. Dalhousie released a comprehensive Climate Change Plan in 2010 which includes mitigation and adaption strategies. A 2nd edition will be published in 2018. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory reports are published annually.

Energy and Climate Change Projects


  • Steam line fitted insulation (phase 1);
  • Halifax and Agricultural Campus lighting upgrade;
  • Lighting upgrades in campus houses;
  • Energy meter installation, major lighting, HVAC, solar, and water upgrades to the Life Science Centre;
  • Vending miser technology in vending machines at Halifax campuses;
  • Natural gas conversion of the steam system at the Halifax campuses;
  • LED and occupancy and daylight sensors in certain locations;
  • Comprehensive water testing of drinking water fountains and faucets at the Halifax campuses;
  • Annual replacement of water fountains with re-usable water bottle options;
  • Development and implementation of a water reduction pledge [255 - KB];
  • Replaced 632 old fridges and freezers on the Halifax and AC with ENERGY STAR appliances;
  • Stormwater management actions are being taken with new projects such as adding water cisterns and green roofs in new buildings and permeable pavement;
  • Urinal tank sensor controls;
  • Housing insulation and air sealing;
  • Compressed air and recommissioning projects;
  • Renewable energy study for the Agriculture Campus;
  • Implementation of major HVAC set back schedules;
  • Campus-wide water fixture upgrades for HFX campuses (i.e. low flow toilets, aerators, shower heads);
  • LEED Gold and Silver certified buildings.


Currently Underway

  • Recommissioning of buildings and high efficiency motor replacements;
  • Major energy performance project (EPC) for the Tupper Building underway and planning for an EPC at the Chemistry Building;
  • Biomass co-generation and hot water conversion for the Agricultural Campus;
  • Kitchen, laundry, and lab equipment replacement;
  • Planning for Halifax Campus Central Heating Plant Upgrades;
  • Building dashboard software for energy, water, heat, and renewable systems;
  • Major building systems and equipment are being retrofitted to recycle water in systems instead of dumping to drain;
  • Steam line fitted insulation (phase 2);
  • Water fixture upgrades Halifax campus;
  • ECM controllers for kitchen walk-ins;
  • Studies and air leakage testing on green houses and thermal envelope;
  • Water turbine study;
  • Geothermal field and 150 kw solar system with battery system on site in an emulated micro-grid LEED Gold building.