Sheridan College Collaboration with Communities to Develop Breakthrough Energy Plans and Increase Local Capacity


Sheridan College has over 2.5 million square feet of buildings on three campuses located in the cities of Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga (Ontario). In 2012, Sheridan’s Office for Sustainability developed an Integrated Energy & Climate Master Plan (IECMP) to substantially reduce long-term economic and environmental risks surrounding energy use at the College with a 2030 horizon.

As the implementation of their own IECMP proceeds, Sheridan is expanding its role to establish the College and Centre of Applied Research to act as a partner for communities and other institutions.  This has already evolved to active teaming with the three host cities to develop rigorous neighborhood and community energy and climate plans.  The Centre’s focus is to be a resource to ensure global best practices are part of the local plans, and that staff and partners are trained in sufficient quantities to meet growing local needs.

The presentation will discuss how other similar institutions can learn from Sheridan’s experience and become catalysts for wider deployment of energy efficient technologies and practices. It will describe how the College’s planning and implementation experience is becoming a resource to help neighboring communities meet the challenges of national and local policy and robust environmental goals.   This collaboration will help to ensure the regions long-term competitiveness as communities in which to live, work and invest.

Presented By

Herbert Sinnock, P.Eng., C.E.M., C.M.V.P., LEED GA
Director of Sustainability
Sheridan College

As Director of Sustainability within the Office for Sustainability at Sheridan, Herb Sinnock is responsible for implementation of Mission Zero, the institution’s ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption, waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions.  He is also responsible for developing Sheridan College’s Centre of Applied Research for Integrated Energy Solutions, an initiative aimed at collaborating with communities, colleges, and partners to develop and implement effective breakthrough energy and climate plans.

Herb is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and LEED Green Associate, and has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Sheridan, he was Manager of the Centennial Energy Institute at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario. He has worked in commercial/industrial energy assessment, project management, teaching, and product development.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Lehigh University), a Master of Science in Energy Engineering (University of Massachusetts Lowell). Herb holds the US Patent for the Distributed Energy Neural Network Integration System, is a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Member of ASHRAE, Mensa, and Tau Beta Pi.