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Mount Allison receives Federal Energy Award and funding for newest residence, Campbell Hall, Open House set for Nov. 28
2005-11-25 11:05:34

SACKVILLE, NB — Natural Resources Canada's Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) for New Buildings has recognized Mount Allison University, for the energy-efficient design of its newest residence, Campbell Hall. The design of Campbell Hall exceeded the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) by 30 per cent. Mount Allison is currently the only New Brunswick university to receive this distinction.

“Campbell Hall is a shining example of energy efficiency and shows what a big difference energy-efficient building features can make to lowering operating costs and helping protect the environment,” said the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Natural Resources. “Mount Allison University deserves recognition for acting to support a climate-friendly future in Canada.”

“Being energy-efficient and living sustainably are factors all of us need to be conscious of, ” said Dr. Ken Ozmon, President of Mount Allison University. “I’m proud of Mount Allison, its students, faculty and staff for taking this significant step forward in environmental awareness with the design of Campbell Hall and making environmentally-conscious choices throughout campus in their day-to-day activities.”

An open house and unveiling of the official plaque will take place in Campbell Hall on Monday, November 28 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Representatives from the university and the Government of Canada will attend, as will Jim Reardon of Sperry and Partners Architects, who designed Campbell Hall and David C. Stewart of David C. Stewart and Associates who served as the Energy Consultant on the project. The Honourable Bruce Fitch, New Brunswick Minister of Energy and Elizabeth Weir, president and CEO of New Brunswick’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency will also be present.

As part of the event, the Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives is pleased to present an archival display entitled: WHAT A REMARKABLE SITE! From the Academy to Campbell Hall, 1840 - 2005: A display of archival documents and photographs from the holdings of the Mount Allison University Archives. Members of the university and surrounding communities are warmly invited to come in and see this display and this award-winning facility.

The project builds on the university’s commitment to the environment and sustainable living. In 2004 Mount Allison was the first campus to adopt the award-winning Wet/Dry waste-management system implemented by the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation. This fall Mount Allison saw the establishment of its first sustainable residence, Carriage House. Originally built in 1893, the residence houses seven environmentally-conscious students seeking to educate the community about living sustainably.

About CBIP

CBIP encourages the design of new energy-efficient commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings. Funding of up to $60,000 is paid to the owners of buildings that meet CBIP’s standards to help defray the additional professional fees for designing a highly energy-efficient building.

Energy-efficient buildings yield long-term energy savings. The average CBIP building uses 35 percent less energy than a similar building just built to the MNECB. For more information, please visit http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/cbip.

About Mount Allison University

Mount Allison is one of the smallest liberal arts and science undergraduate universities in Canada, with an enrolment of around 2,250 students. Because of its size, its location within a small community and its residential nature, it offers a number of social, cultural, athletic and academic influences and opportunities. It is also committed to offering a very strong liberal education. Mount Allison University has ranked among the top two undergraduate universities in Canada by Maclean’s magazine for 15 consecutive years, a record of achievement unmatched by any other university.

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For more information, media may contact:

Ghyslain Charron, Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa tel:(613) 992-4447

Tom Ormsby, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, tel (613) 996-2007

Laura Dillman, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Mount Allison University, tel: (506) 364-2600 (ldillman@mta.ca)

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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