Part of operating an institution like the University includes environmental sampling and monitoring as well as sustainable development. The University has monitoring programs for a variety of environmental issues.
This particular page focuses on environmental issues.
Ministry of Environment
- Environmental Compliance Approvals regulating emissions to air, water and soil. Fume hood exhausts, emergency generators, power plant emissions, and certain equipment require these certificates;
- Air emissions monitoring Reg. 127 requirements.
- Hazardous waste disposal; and
- Inventories of various substances such as asbestos and equipment of environmental concern.
Environment Canada and Federal Agencies
- Air emissions monitoring under the NPRI.
- Emergency planning (password protected) for environmental disasters;
- Contolled goods inventories and security measures; and
- Ozone depleting substances inventories and phase out program.
City of Ottawa
- Sewer Use By-Law that the University must follow. Sewer effluent samples are taken at regular intervals and analysed for inorganic, organic, and biological activity parameters.
- Noise By-Law that the University must follow.
Any new building or major renovation project requires a designated substance assessment. The purchase of new land requires completing a Phase I Environmental Assessment followed by Phase II and III work if contamination is found.