Red Deer College is being recognized nationally for its sustainability efforts.
The college has won two awards — including recognition by Clean50 for using sustainable technologies to reduce energy consumption while providing learning opportunities for students, faculty and industry partners.
The college installed more than 4,200 solar panels, the largest array among Canadian post-secondary schools. RDC also has a combined heat and power unit, energy-efficient LED lights, and the Alternative Energy Lab, a teaching and learning space.
“Electricity production …from alternative energy sources equates to powering 1,300 homes or removing 1,100 cars off the road each year,” says Jason Mudry, RDC’s director of campus management.
About $750,000 is saved in annual utility costs, allowing more money to go towards educational and other operational needs.
Clean50, founded by Delta Management Group, celebrates innovation and its awards identify, recognize and connect leaders and top projects.
Peter Nunoda, RDC’s president said, “RDC takes great pride in receiving this national recognition as a leader in sustainable technology, through the reduction of the college’s overall carbon footprint.”
In addition to the Clean50 honour, RDC received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from Canada Green Building Council for its Alternative Energy Lab.
The LEED certification highlights the college’s efforts to ensure the lab embodies sustainability in its design, construction and ongoing operation.
Kylie Thomas, RDC’s vice president of academics and research said, the lab provides “an engaging platform to learn …and apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations,” preparing students for a variety of promising careers in alternative energy.