Current Green Initiatives
With the help of the provincial government and industry partners, Providence has taken the lead in creating a Green Campus through:
Biomass District Heat-System
Biomass heating reduced our greenhouse gas heating emissions by more than two-thirds.
Two years of behind-the-scenes work on a biomass heating project at Providence paid off in Spring 2011 with the inauguration of a distributed biomass-heating system for Providence. This biomass project started out as a student project in a business class.
This project was supported by local businesses, including:
It received funding from:
Geothermal Heating & Cooling System
Geothermal heating and cooling was installed in the Student Life Centre and reduced the campus carbon footprint by 20%.
Under the banner Dead Weight Electronics, each year business students volunteer their time to ensure that eWaste is properly and safely recycled. They invite students, staff, faculty and the community to participate by bringing old and unused electronics to Providence to be recycled. The students then bring all the eWaste to a facility that can properly recycle and reuse these products.
Involvement in 50by30 and the Biomass Economy Network
50by30 is a community of environmentalists striving to increase Manitoba’s renewable energy use to 50% by 2030.
Future Green Initiatives
As of June 2013, the Biomass Brokerage is live online. For the biomass industry to grow in Manitoba, buyers and sellers (and everyone else interested in biomass) need a fast, simple, and convenient way to connect. Biomass Brokerage is that connection, it will:
Although the Biomass Brokerage is initially focused on Manitoba, once it’s up and running, the intention is to expand the reach as quickly as is feasible. The best way to use biomass is to ship it as little distance as possible, but that’s no reason that a brokerage can’t have a very broad reach.
La Connexion Rural (Rural Transit)
The Providence Buller Centre and Providence business students have looked into the feasibility of a shuttle-bus system that would serve the communities along the Highway 59 South corridor – Providence, Otterburne, St. Malo, St-Pierre-Jolys, and Île-des-Chênes. Students met and gathered information from seniors' support groups and economic development people in the municipality of De Salaberry. La Connexion Rural would combine transportation to seniors with a shuttle system for Providence. This transit system would be open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Green Initiatives still in the 'idea' stage
Many of these initiatives were sparked by the Providence Buller Centre and Providence Business students.
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