The Journey from Breakthrough Energy and Climate Planning to Sustained Implementation at Sheridan College


Sheridan College has over 2.5 million square feet of buildings on three campuses in the cities of Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga (Ontario). Significant growth is expected on all three campuses.  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. The presentation will describe the on-going, multi-year journey to successfully implementing the IECMP.

The plan and the associated $31M of estimate investments was approved in 2013 with the goal to deliver the following results by about 2025.

  • Reduction in energy use of 65%
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 47%
  • Internal Rate of Return of between 14% and 15%
  • Deliver World-class sustainability, energy & climate educational program

The academic goal of the IECMP is to use Sheridan as a ‘living laboratory’ to develop curricula and become a Canadian Centre of Excellence in energy and climate planning and implementation.

The IECMP took a fully integrated view of Sheridan’s energy use under different efficiency, distribution and supply scenarios to arrive at the final recommendations. In 2011, Sheridan’s energy use was typical by US and Canadian levels, but between 40% and 100% higher than comparable European colleges and forecasted to rise considerably with new growth and other risk factors.

Since approval, IECMP has been systematically implemented and is about half-way through a ten-year plan to reconfigure the energy infrastructure on all three campuses. The investment plan comprises campus-wide control and metering, building efficiency retrofits, upgraded and expanded heating and cooling distribution to global standards, on-site heat and power generation and extensive solar PV applications. To ensure these investments deliver their full potential, the entire college population – students, staff and faculty – are being engaged in energy and climate management on a continuing basis. New campuses and buildings will be built to global best-practice energy performance standards.

Presented By

Katherine Rinas
Facilities Project Manager

Katherine has over 6 years of experience in energy project management and institutional operations at both Sheridan College and The University of Western Ontario. She is currently a Mechanical and Energy team lead at Sheridan College, and is responsible for implementing a major portion of Sheridan’s Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan. Her primary expertise is in building automation, mechanical systems, facility operations, energy management, and team development.

At Sheridan College, Katherine has built the teams that are carrying out significant building and central plant retrofits, supporting major capital projects, and operationalizing energy management. Projects include construction of two new campus central plants, installing district energy to global standards, retrofits of building automation and mechanical systems, sub metering, mechanical and controls consulting for new buildings, and training/mentoring of operations staff.