UWinnipeg Achieves Climate Registered Status

UW RELEASE – 2014/019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Thursday, February 13), 2014

 

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg has taken the next steps to honour its commitment to sustainability. UWinnipeg has achieved Climate Registered™ status by measuring its carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program, having it third party verified, and reporting the data on the registry’s website. This builds on the effort that began in 2006 when UWinnipeg started reporting greenhouse gas emissions publicly through its annual Sustainability Performance Reports.

 

“We know that transparent and accurate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions plays a big role in achieving real emission reductions,” said UWinnipeg’s Director of Sustainability, Alana Lajoie-O’Malley. “The practice was critical in enabling us to achieve our first major reductions in GHG emissions last year, and we will continue to rely on strong reporting as we strive to achieve a 10% reduction below 1990 levels by the end of 2016.”

 

Measuring their carbon footprint with The Climate Registry helps organizations identify inefficiencies and potential for cost savings, and provide meaningful data about their environmental performance to stakeholders.

 

“Climate Registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint,” said David Rosenheim, Executive Director of The Climate Registry. “UWinnipeg has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities.”

 

About The Climate Registry

The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and tribes. The Climate Registry helps hundreds of public and private organizations measure, report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with integrity. For more information, please visit www.theclimateregistry.org.

 

About UWinnipeg’s Campus Sustainability Office

The Campus Sustainability Office acts as the coordinating body for the UW Sustainability Initiative, a collaborative effort between students, faculty, and staff that aims to make the University of Winnipeg more environmentally and socially responsible in its physical operations, its governance, and its academic life.

 

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The University of Winnipeg is noted for academic excellence, small class sizes, environmental commitment, campus diversity, Indigenous scholarship, and support of cultural arts. UWinnipeg is strongly committed to promoting access and inclusion, and is ranked 4th in Canada for reputation by Maclean’s (2013). Find out more at uwinnipeg.ca. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Megan Benedictson, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7129, E: me.benedictson@uwinnipeg.ca

 

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