Selkirk College continuously strives to increase energy efficiency within our campus buildings and operations.
In October 2019, the college installed a solar array on the roof of the library that includes 275 panels with the capacity to produce an estimated 112,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Installed by Cumberland-based Hakai Energy Solutions over a two-week period, the panels will help the college power lights, computers and equipment as it continues to take the lead in environmental sustainability.
We are always monitoring our energy use. See some monthly comparisons for each campus here.
Addressing energy consumption is of utmost importance when working towards a sustainable future. Selkirk is working to reduce our energy consumption and in turn, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
Find Selkirk’s Carbon Neutral Action reports and historic greenhouse gas emission data here.
Let’s work together!
Check out our Energy Conservation Procedures within our Environmental Policy.
A Sweater is Better!
Every winter, Selkirk College celebrates Sweater Day by turning down the heat a few degrees and asking the campus community to wear a sweater to show our commitment to energy conservation. This small action has big impacts!. Read more about the 2018 event...
In 2018, we saved 8.2 GJ of energy (approximately 0.41 tonnes of C02). Equivalent to:
A home’s energy use for two weeks
Commuting daily from Nelson to the Castlegar campus for one month
Eliminating beef from your diet for eight months
BC Cool Campus Challenge
Selkirk College is a proud participant of the BC Cool Campus Challenge, a province-wide competition between post-secondary institutions to gain support from campus communities to reduce our reliance on natural gas and adopt energy conservation habits during the heating season.
In 2019, we won the Challenge and earned the title of The Coolest Campus in BC!