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Case Study of Benchmarking and Operationalizing Sustainability

INTRODUCTION

Task 1 -

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario Canada, is an institute of technology and advance learning. It is the central public college in Kitchener, Ontario Canada having the number of enrolled students of 11,000 full time, 30,000 part-time and 3,300 apprenticeship students. The college has a large sustainability plan and is continuously offering its efforts in sustainability. It follows the pattern by taking the necessary steps for reducing energy consumption and waste management. There are various platforms where the college has gained achievements in sustainability as
Infrastructure The college campus in Cambridge, has constructed with a LEED accredited building with a passive energy management design at the square foot for promoting sustainable energy management. The campus of Waterloo has new expanded features as solar photovoltaic cell, chilled water storage facility and low flow water fixtures.
Energy management The strategy for managing the energy used by the campus includes the validations of demands and response to it, load shedding and installation of certain digitally controlled rooftops and air compressors. The process of installed devices has reduced the utilization of energy and operation and maintenance costs and furthermore, optimize life-cycle economic performance.
Waste-management The college conducts waste audits and works on the waste-reduction management plan at every ongoing year. The main aim of the process is to reuse, reduce and recycle the products. The second step is waste reduction plans aimed to provide the recommendations for increasing the waste diversion and decreasing the waste consumptions through the three processes illustrated above. Waste management reports are also the major part that creates the reports of audits.
Water management New water-softeners has been installed in the campus to reclaim the brine water for reducing the water consumption to regenerate and retrieving the amount of salt through the water going down the drain.

Task 2 -

The college selected for making the comparisons in terms of sustainable management of the energy, water, and waste management are University of Waterloo and college campus and the Coca-Cola, European Partners company. Both organizations have set up a benchmarked criterion for sustainability and managing the resources (IWA, 2017). The Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) chair in the water treatment has attained the position of the center of expertise in water treatment and quality (NSERC Chair in Water Treatment, 2018). They address the short term-needs for maintaining sustainability at all levels involved in the management of water, energy along with waste management. The main goals the university aimed for maintaining sustainable water management is approving changes in the robust systems (Protecting and replenishing our water, 2019). This will be developed with some tools for helping the utilities plan for spill scenarios, weather events, and microbiological contaminations. The university uses some green and innovative treatment processes (as usage of biofiltration for removal of cyanotoxins and use of technological tools for controlling the hardness of water) as a benchmarked process for sustainable water management (IWA, 2017). For sustainable energy management, the university has designed some Sustainable Energy Policies including partners as intergovernmental agencies, civil societies, businesses, and other local partners. The university has developed with the fellowship program in the area of sustainable energy policy and hosts a large number of programs earlier as smart-net-zero energy buildings and a classroom for center7820970comparing and contrasting emission-reduction approach (Sustainable Energy Policy, 2016).
When taking into consideration the goal of the university towards waste management, Waterloos goals is to achieve a diversion rate of 60 by 2025 and become a zero-waste campus. The strategies they used for managing the waste are 1. Engagement of personals and their training sessions. 2. Reduction and eliminations of waste 3. Maximization of the process called recycling 4. Capturing off organics 5. Lastly, they promote reuse programs (IWA, 2017).
03416935Figure SEQ Figure ARABIC 1 zero waste management strategy The five steps


Figure SEQ Figure ARABIC 1 zero waste management strategy The five steps
045085000The company taken depending upon the requirements of sustainable management projects is the Coca-Cola company. The company refers the process of sustainability as the heart of their business and therefore, believes that actions should be taken care in context to the sustainable management of resources leads to the better outcomes as business profits (Sustainability in Water Supply, 2019). They have managed the water resources by reducing its use in manufacturing by 20 and will address the water impacts in the supply chain also. For treating the water and maintaining its quality, they have focussed upon the treatment of lead using a proportion of alum (Protecting and replenishing our water, 2019). The company is a giant for soft-drinks shared his report of using sources of energy as totally from the renewable sources and the electricity supplied to the plant is from Ofgems Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme. The electricity is generated through the Wakefield solar farms having a size of 12 football pitches altogether thus delivers 15 of the total electricity to the plants (Staff, 2017). For managing the waste within the company, the CCEP (Coca-Cola European Partners) and CCGB (Coca-Cola Great Britain), has set all the levels. The company uses eco-friendly closures and bottles and promote them to be get recycled again and gain as much possible. It also quotes the closures with the new thinking idea of printing new recycling messages each year. Also, they use glasses that could be recycled and made plant bottles that are claimed as 100 recyclable made up of fossil fuels and 30 renewable plant materials (Coca-Cola Company, 2017).

Task 3 -

The following recommendations, therefore, can be made based upon the survey done on each of the key performance indicators. Water resource and sustainable management Various frameworks and policies have been developed by the state government thus the college are in need to follow them with common perspectives. Generally, the idea for modern water management functions take into account the ecological, social and economic factors therefore, the college must develop their own policies for sustainable water management (IWA, 2017). They also have to become focussed upon the treatment of lead present in water using a proportion of alum. The college can also use the watershed approach for approaching the current needs and supply. Also, rainwater harvesting and reclaimed desalination can also be the activities to be performed for treating the quality of water form resources (EEA, 2017).
For sustainable energy management is an important issue in todays era and therefore, as a long-term strategic thinkers energy entrepreneur should be closely involved in these practices. The college campus must support energy consumption reduction and should move towards renewable resources (Sustainability, 2019). For this, the college can use solar panels and solar plates for reducing its costs of energy. For this, the managerial committee member must set up with the sustainability strategy and coherent framework for the utilization of appropriate resources so that they can achieve the gaols. The second step must be a supporter of the financial bloom line and lastly the implementation of the programmatic strategy in an effective manner for the greening of the energy supply in the campus (EampC, n.d.).
For waste management, the college should focus on the process of recycling. Improving sustainability waste management either the domestic waste or the professorial waste entering the landfills and creating toxins to the land area and environment. The college can offer the students with a range of programs involved in sustainable waste management activities as recycling and composting waste management services. Also, mandatorily recycling and composting provincial legislation should be established for the students or educators and other relative stakeholders. Extensive education and comprehensive programs leading to the encouragement of the stakeholders for the adoption of the practices could also be promoted (CRC, 2018). Waste to energy technology could also be a useful option in threatening waste and management.

References

Protecting and replenishing our water. (2019). Retrieved from https//www.ccep.com/pages/waterCRC, (2018). Sustainable Waste Management The Value of Recycling and Composting Programs. Retrieved from https//www.crcresearch.org/community-research-connections/crc-case-studies/sustainable-waste-management-value-recycling-and-com
Sustainability in Water Supply. (2019). Retrieved from https//www.iwapublishing.com/news/sustainability-water-supply
EEA. (2017). Policies and measures to promote sustainable water use. Retrieved from https//www.eea.europa.eu/archived/archived-content-water-topic/water-resources/policies-and-measures-to-promote-sustainable-water-useIWA, (2017). SUSTAINABILITY. (2017). Retrieved from https//www.iwapublishing.com/news/sustainability-water-supply
Coca-Cola European partners, (2017). Renewable energy. Retrieved from https//www.coca-cola.co.uk/stories/solar-farms-and-sustainability-our-factories-run-on-100percent-renewable-electricity
Staff, P. N. (2017). Coca-Cola European Partners makes progress on renewable energy. Retrieved from https//www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/coca-cola-european-partners-makes-progress-on-renewable-energy-18-05-2017
Sustainability. (2019). Retrieved from https//www.conestogac.on.ca/facilities-management/sustainability
Sustainability Projects and initiatives, waste. (2019). Retrieved from https//uwaterloo.ca/sustainability/projects-and-initiatives/waste
Sustainable Energy Policy. (2016). Retrieved from https//uwaterloo.ca/sustainable-energy-policy/projects
NSERC Chair in Water Treatment. (2018). Retrieved from https//uwaterloo.ca/nserc-chair-water-treatment/

 

 

 

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