Water Intern (SP0073)
In 2011, the Ministry of Education has mandated all universities to reduce their water usage by 10% by 2015 and by 20% by 2020, relative to 2011 levels. McGill University Services hired an intern to determine the baseline water usage on the downtown campus and to help identify areas where consumption could be reduced. Buildings were prioritized and then surveyed for water usage.
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To do so, floor plans were used to identify water installations, building walkthroughs supplied information on these installations and various programs provided information on water consumption of cooling water towers, chilled water circuits, hot water circuits, and boilers. Building directors and professors in charge of heavy water consuming labs were contacted and they supplied information regarding their research. A total of 32 buildings have been audited.
All of this information was compiled and water usage was categorized between hygiene, food services, building operations, landscaping, and research and academia. Preliminary results show that the primary water consuming category on campus is research and academia, followed by hygiene, building operations, food services, and landscaping respectively. It cannot be stressed enough that these results are preliminary as some data still needs to be inputted. Shortly, we will begin identifying water conservation initiatives and drafting a water conservation communication campaign. It should also be noted that this project will be proposed to students of ENVR 401 in the fall 2012 semester and that Prof McCourt has already been contacted.
|Buildings that have been audited:|
|239-Genome||122-Chancellor Day Hall||150-Leacock||178-Redpath Library|
|155-McIntyre Medical Building||103-Arts||179-Redpath Museum||177-Adams|
|157-McIntyre Garage||108-McLennan Library||181-Redpath Hall||131-McConnell Eng.|
|168-Education||123-Dawson||197-Ferrier||170-MacDonald Stewart Library|
|231-Gelber Law||111-Stewart Biology||118-MacDonald Harrington||229-Wong|
|241-Bellini (Life Science)||163-Morrice Hall||110-Burnside||112-James Administration|
|246-Cancer (Life Science)||119-Otto-Maass||158-Pulp and Paper||189-Rutherford|
|102-Bronfman||130-McDonald Eng.||154-Strathcona Anatomy Dentistry||240-Trottier|
Find out more information about the Water intern!
Email the project leader, denis [dot] mondou [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Denis Mondou)