Switch is a sustainable infrastructure project that will upgrade the college’s heating and cooling system. The project is projected to expecting a 70 per cent reduction in natural gas use, and a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.
“Through the Low Carbon Economy Fund, we are partnering with climate leaders like Humber College by investing in a project that reduces the college’s reliance on natural gas and switching to a modern electric heating system,” said Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change.
The North Campus location, located in Etobicoke, Ont, will switch its steam-based system, which was constructed in 1972, to a hot water system that generates heat mainly using electricity.
According to Humber, the first buildings on campus to use the new heating and cooling system will begin in November. The project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024.
Funding for the project comes from Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge.