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Energy & Climate Change

Dal is committed to climate change mitigation and adaptation

In the 2010 Dalhousie University Campus Master Plan, Green Power Labs Inc. conducted a solar suitability assessment of the campus. campus utility master plan released in 2012 includes energy and water audits of buildings on campus. Energuide assessments have been completed for Dalhousie owned houses on all campuses. Further studies are being conducted on lab and kitchen equipment. A University temperature guideline has been developed. A number of utility and climate projects are underway.

On December 11, 2009, Dalhousie’s President Tom Traves signed the University and College’s Climate Change Statement for Canada. Dalhousie has since released a comprehensive climate change plan [PDF - 3 MB] which includes mitigation and adaption strategies. The Green House Gas (GHG) inventory reports are published annually.

Energy and Climate Change Projects


  • Steam line fitted insulation
  • Halifax 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. 
  • 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 audit
  • Renewable energy study for the Agriculture Campus
  • Implementation of major HVAC set back schedules


Currently Underway

  • Recommissioning of buildings and high efficiency motor replacements
  • Planning for energy and water upgrades to five major buildings
  • Kitchen, laundry and lab equipment replacement
  • Planning for retrofits to District energy - central heating plants at Halifax and Truro campuses
  • 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
  • Campus lighting Truro campus
  • Water fixture upgrades HFX campus
  • ECM controllers for kitchen walk- ins
  • Studies on green houses and thermal envelope