Energy Efficiency

Developing policy, meeting consumption targets, measuring emissions, collaborating with community partners—as the world’s energy consumption continues to rise, we are committed to continually improving and managing our institution’s energy consumption.

Learn more about the many initiatives and partnerships shaping our response to energy and climate change. 


Energy Management Systems

We hold ourselves to the globally recognized standards set out by ISO 50001's energy management system.

ISO 50001 Energy Management System

The ISO 50001 sets a globally recognized standard to improve environmental impacts through best standards, practices and principles for managing energy systems.

ISO 50001 ensures that MacEwan University improves energy efficiency and resource conservation, while minimizing operation costs, battling climate change and thinking about continuous improvements for the campus’s future.

This energy management system's requirements support MacEwan to:

  • Develop more efficient energy policies 

  • Meet energy consumption policy targets and objectives

  • Gather data to improve energy use decisions

  • Measure results

  • Continually improve energy management

  • Monitoring a greenhouse gas inventory

MacEwan is actively safeguarding our future by:

  1. Establishing an energy management committee

  2. Conducting a large-scale lighting retrofit

  3. Upgraded campus equipment and boilers to be more energy efficient

  4. Pilot a solar array that is operational for over the first year

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

A Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory is an emission inventory that measures natural and human-made emissions. MacEwan University measures its emissions to ensure that our campus is taking steps to reduce our production of greenhouse gases.


2018 GHG Report


Community Partnerships

By collaborating with the City of Edmonton and other organizations, we increase our ability to collectively reduce our energy consumption and meet climate goals.

Corporate Climate Leaders, City of Edmonton

MacEwan University was a founding member of the City of Edmonton's Corporate Climate Leaders program. Program members are corporations from across the Edmonton region that are committed to reducing, monitoring and reporting energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Corporate Climate Leaders

Building Energy Benchmarking program, City of Edmonton

MacEwan University has participated in the City of Edmonton’s Building Energy Benchmarking program since 2018. In our first year, we won Best Overall Energy Performance for MacEwan Residence and an honourable mention for the Robbins Health Learning Centre. The Building Energy Benchmarking program aims to improve building energy efficiency and helps support building owners and operators to reduce energy consumption while reducing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

Building Energy Benchmarking

Energy Transition Advisory Committee

The Energy Transition Advisory Committee encourages, promotes and advises City Council on energy transition in Edmonton through Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy. MacEwan University has sat on the committee since 2015, showing continual leadership in reducing energy consumption and building a resilient and sustainable future for our city.

Energy Transition Advisory Committee

Community Energy Transition Strategy


Building Design, Construction and Operation

Pollution related to a building's design, construction and operation accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector in Canada. To develop a sustainable future for our campus, MacEwan University has established environmental sustainability as a foundation in its building construction, design and operations.

LEED Certification

Edmonton's cold climate requires a lot of energy to warm the interiors of our buildings; this is why the institution’s building projects are developed to go beyond base-level environmental standards. Four of MacEwan’s building have silver LEED certification. As the Edmonton downtown community expands, MacEwan aims to set an example as sustainability leaders in urban development.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program is an internationally used benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED projects help to:

  1. Reverse contribution to global climate change

  2. Enhance individual human health and well-being

  3. Protect and restore water resources

  4. Protect, enhance and restore biodiversity and ecosystem services

  5. Promote sustainable and regenerative material resources cycles

  6. Build a greener economy

  7. Enhance social equity, environmental justice and community quality of life

The points-based system focuses on seven key areas of human and environmental health:

  1. Location and transportation

  2. Sustainable sites

  3. Water efficiency

  4. Energy and atmosphere

  5. Materials and resources

  6. Indoor environmental quality

  7. Innovation and regional priority

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Indoor air quality and building wellness

MacEwan understands the need for a healthy, high-performing indoor environment. MacEwan strives to have buildings that maximize natural light, views, comfort, healthy materials, indoor air quality and accessibility, and healthy air exchanges that  assist in preventing illnesses, reducing stress and improving productivity and performance.

Purchasing asset management, ITS

Responsible purchasing is directly tied to the university’s energy consumption. MacEwan assures that purchasing of computers, displays, televisions, mobile phones and desktop and imaging equipment are EPEAT-gold registered products. EPEAT registered electronics ensures that the technology used on campus is more sustainable and meets environmental guidelines that address the life cycle of a product and its environmental impact on solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Most of MacEwan’s staff computers are EPEAT gold status. The EPEAT program provides independent verification where manufacturers register their products based on criteria that address the product's life cycle, from design and production to energy use and recycling.


ITS student print reduction

The Office of Sustainability, along with ITS and the Library, have found that students use printers more than needed. The university aims to reduce student printing by 15-20 per cent to mitigate paper waste. Many faculties are now requesting that students use digital tools where possible, and to print double sided when a hard copy must be produced.


As a downtown campus, we have access to a variety of public, accessible transportation options that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They include:

  • Regularly scheduled public transit to the Edmonton downtown core, including to and from Sherwood Park and St.Albert

  • LRT access from the MacEwan Station (located on 105 Street and 105 Avenue)

  • Bike racks and bike-related services on campus (including indoor and outdoor racks)

  • E-scooters

Transportation Services


Located in the heart of Edmonton’s urban community, MacEwan University seeks to sustainably develop the campus grounds in ways that enhance all aspects of our institution's energy consumption needs. Plant life on campus helps reduce heat-island effect, stores carbon and creates permeable surfaces. Some of the features on our campus grounds, include:

  • Integrated Pest Management program

  • Irrigation 

  • Planting native species on campus


Water processes require a lot of energy and infrastructure. The university reduces water consumption in several ways:

  • Low-flow toilets and water-less urinals

  • Water bottle refill stations

  • Rainwater storage 

  • Aeration of faucets

  • Native plants on campus that require less to no water