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
Scope 3: Not Owned
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
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.
Buildings & Grounds