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At SAIT we are working towards a greener campus to help reduce our ecological footprint. From large campus wide initiatives to small department specific goals, together we are working towards creating a positive environment around us. 

Recycling program

SAIT is set to divert 80% of our waste away from the landfill by 2022. In addition to collecting compostable goods and refundable bottles and cans , SAIT is now collecting mixed recycling, from cardboard and plastic to metal cans. Along with keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill, our recycling program will be help our students. Money from every drink bottle or can recycled will go to a scholarship fund.

Around campus, there are four types of bins:

  • Mixed recycling: cardboard, plastics marked number 1 to 7, paper, glass and metal cans
  • Landfill: plastic bags, straws, coffee lids and plastic cutlery
  • Beverage containers: refundable cans and bottles, milk cartons and tetra paks
  • Compost: fruit, vegetables, meat, compostable packaging, napkins, tissues and paper towels

Our schools are proud to participate in working towards a greener campus by creating in house initiatives and programs that help to educate students on sustainability and ecology.

School of Manufacturing and Automation

The School of Manufacturing and Automation recycles materials such as scrap metal to help reduce waste. The revenue received from the recycled materials goes back into program budgets to aid in the purchase of more materials. In 2018 approximately 270,800 lbs of scrap metal was recycled. 

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School of Construction

The School of Construction provides an in-house recycling program for extra waste materials such as sawdust. 

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MacPhail School of Energy

MacPhail School of Energy assists in green education by offering full time programs that will aid students in responding to global environmental issues including,

  • Water quality monitoring and inspection
  • Pollution and contamination idenitification 
  • Protection and conservation of the natural environment
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School of Transportation

With many different programs focused on the automotive industry, extra materials such as tires are the left over result of result of training and education. The School of Transportation has implemented a tire recycling program to help mitigate the amount of materials brought to the landfill. 

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Buildings and facilities

Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre 

As Calgary's first commercial Net Zero building the Green Building Technologies (GBT) Lab and Demonstration Centre integrates construction, green technologies and renewable energy.The building includes a solar lab, rainwater harvesting technology, passive heating and charging ports for electric cars. The GBT Lab aids in the advancement of applied research and development 

Aldred Centre

Aldred Centre  

Named after John and Cheryl Aldred, the Aldred Centre is one of the three buildings that make up SAIT's Trades and Technology Complex. The unique wavy roof provides different sustainable benefits to help reduce our carbon footprint. The waves help to provide heat to the building by reflecting the energy and using air handlers to redistibutes the heat helping to reduce the amount of energy used. Externally, the building provides gutters for rain water to be collected and redistrubited into the storm water system during dry weather.

Aldred Centre

John Ware  

Although still in the planning and renovation stages the John Ware Building provides SAIT's culinary students with the proper labs and venues to achieve excellence within the industry. With sustainability insight, the dream is to create a sustainable roof top garden to help educate students in the benefits of organic growing, and sustainability issues. The John Ware Building is not only occupied by students, staff and vistors but also by three bees colonies housing over 60,000 bees. 

The future is green

The Sustainable Operations team at SAIT is committed to developing and creating new initiatives that will contribute to SAIT's sustainability goals. Currently, the team is working on the collecting and benchworking of research, forecasting for the future and creating both short-term and long-term goals. 

Future Projects
  • A goal has been set to reach an 80% waste diversion rate by 2022.
  • Exploring new power systems such as a new cogeneration unit and generation technologies such as solar and battery power to help reduce wasted power on campus. 

Sustainable News

SAIT tackles skill gap in water management with innovative new program.

Making a Splash

Today, SAIT celebrated the summer solstice with a preview of our new applied research facility.

SAIT sets its sights on sustainability

Enjoy your holidays knowing that with each passing day, we see a little more sunshine.

Merry & Bright

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