Mohawk College - 2018-2019 Sustainability Report

Climate & Energy

As a leader in our community and the higher education sector, Mohawk is committed to reducing the college’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. By measuring and reducing GHG emissions, we improve the sustainability of our college.

Mohawk's main sources of GHGs come from heating and cooling the buildings, student and staff commuting, and from using electricity.

Mohawk has made great strides in improving the energy efficiency of college operations through a combination of facility upgrades, on-site renewables, effective space planning, and stakeholder engagement.

Key Energy Initiatives

  • Installation of 3,296 solar panels, enough to power 130 homes

  • Efficient lighting upgrades

  • Extension of Building Automation System (BAS)

  • Replacement of one natural gas boiler with a 1 MW electric boiler and 1 MW battery storage

  • Updated HVAC equipment

  • Replacement of boilers and generators with more efficient and cleaner natural gas burning equipment

  • Forming of a new Energy Conservation Committee to lead energy conservation initiatives

GHG Inventory Results

GHG Emissions by Source: 2018/2019

Scopes 1 & 2: Owned

GHG Emissions by Source: 2018/2019 - Scopes 1 & 2: Owned
Natural GasFleet & EmergencyElectricity

Scope 3: Not Owned

GHG Emissions by Source: 2018/2019 - Scope 3: Not Owned
CommutingBusiness Travel, Waste & Paper Use

Mohawk has made significant progress in reducing our GHG emissions. Since 2007, the college has reduced Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 63%.

These emissions result directly from college operations (e.g. heating, cooling, electricity and fleet fuel). This reduction demonstrates that the college's investments in green initiatives are working to create a more sustainable campus.

Since 2012, the campus' population has grown significantly. While Mohawk has continued to reduce its GHG emissions on campus, the quantity and share of emissions from student and staff commuting has risen sharply. This is because the number, length and frequency of commutes has grown.

Although transportation is outside the direct control of the college, Mohawk is committed to measuring, reporting and supporting programs to reduce Scope 3 emissions caused by commuting.

GHG Emissions over Time: All Sources

GHG Emissions Over Time – All Sources
YearScope One as percent of totalScope Two as percent of totalScope Three as percent of totalTotal Emissions
200726.53%35.48%37.99%13743.63 lbs of CO2e
201226.89%20.16%52.95%10454 lbs of CO2e
2018/201919.84%2.38%77.78%14328.08 lbs of CO2e
Percent change in Scopes 1 & 2 Over Time
YearPercent Change

Spotlight on
Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College

Supporting the transition to a thriving, low-carbon economy in the greater Hamilton-Burlington area

Addressing climate change requires unprecedented levels of collaboration and partnership. Mohawk launched the Centre for Climate Change Management in late 2017 to connect industry, community and public sector organizations to co-create community-centered climate solutions.

The Centre brings together partners to collaborate and design climate change and sustainability solutions that improve our neighbourhoods, businesses and public institutions.

The Centre is uniquely situated at Mohawk College, enabling connections to applied research, training solutions, award-winning project managers, experiential learning programs, and a campus that acts as a living lab where solutions are piloted and studied on campus.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses, and at learning hubs across Hamilton.

Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada's greenest employers for six years in a row, and is also home to the country's largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.

Land Acknowledgment

Mohawk College derives its name from the Mohawk Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Confederacy marks a union of peace and friendship, and Mohawk College honours that union by recognizing the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We acknowledge that the territories on which Mohawk College and its campuses are situated are governed by the Between the Lakes Treaty, the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement, and the Upper Canada Treaty Agreement. These agreements are binding to this day and represent our mutual commitment to maintain healthy, reciprocal and respectful relationships with the many Indigenous nations and peoples of this area. We acknowledge this and iterate our dedication to inclusivity, to friendship and to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.

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