Facilities Management


With growing concerns about global energy shortages and the impacts of human activity on the environment, FM has turned a great deal of attention to the advancement of green technology and sustainability. FM staff want to help Western become a leading educational institution in sustainability and stewardship and this page is dedicated to their recognized efforts.


Recycling Council of Ontario Waste Minimization Award

RCO Waste Minimization Award

Stefanie De Adder, Sustainability Coordinator and Paul Martin, Director, Business Operations accept the RCO Award

Representatives from the Facilities Management Division received the university’s third consecutive Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario. The annual recognition, honours organizations across the province for their efforts in waste reduction and diversion.

Several recent advancements to the waste collection process can be directly linked to the university’s success. [Read more in our News section]

WesternU Recognized in Annual Princeton Review

Less than three months after releasing its universitywide sustainability strategy, Creating a Sustainable Western Experience, Western joined The University of British Columbia as the only two Canadian universities profiled in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. In this fourth edition of the guide, The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, profiled 320 schools in the United States, and two in Canada, that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Western was mentioned for its commitment to energy-related retrofits and renovations in the last three years and noted the institution’s commitment to embed “sustainability into every facet of daily life.” More than 2,300 North American schools, including more than 100 Canadian, responded to The Princeton Review survey. Institutions were required to achieve a score of 83 on a variety of sustainability criteria to be profiled.


Ontario Business Achievement Award (OBAA) - Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAO) Corporate Governance Award


Jim Galbraith, Western Grounds and Recycling supervisor (left) accepting award from ICAO President & CEO, Rob Barr (right)

The win highlighted dozens of Western’s green initiatives including:

Western has demonstrated excellence in leadership, awareness and education for initiatives such as the creation of the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES), residence recycling awareness nights and the introduction of a new environment and energy manager position.
(Read more from Western News)

Business Achievement Award for Environmental Leadership

Award for Enivronmental Leadership

FM team recieves award from Mayor of London, Joe Fontana

Western’s sustainability efforts reached a “significant milestone” last night as the university took home the Environmental Leadership Award presented by the London Chamber of Commerce at its annual Business Achievement Awards, the largest business awards gala of its kind in Canada. The university was nominated by recycling service provider BFI Canada Inc.
(Read more from Western News)


Recycling Council of Ontario Waste Minimization Award

Waste Minimalization Award

Grounds & Recycling supervisor Jim Galbraith (left), Business Operations Director Paul Martin (middle), and Energy & Environment Manager Beverley Ayeni (right) accepting the award

The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization involved in policy, education and project work around the issues of consumption, waste generation, reduction and diversion, and recycling.

The Waste Minimalization Award was granted to Western for demonstrated environmental commitment to waste reduction and diversion.

Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award

Oracle Award of Excellence

Energy & Environment Manager, Beverley Ayeni, accepting the Oracle award

Western University was the recipient of the 'Eco-Enterprise Innovation' award at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

This award was presented to Western University for taking an environmental lead to improve business efficiencies using green business practices. The university deployed an Oracle-based solution to reduce costs and redundancy, improve efficiency and service, and simplify and optimize processes.

For specific improvements made by the University, visit the Western Sustainability Awards & Recognitions page.

Zero Waste Status Recognition

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA defines zero waste as "businesses or communities that achieve over 90% diversion of waste from landfills and incinerators"

With a strong recycling program and a committed group of occupants, Westminster Hall was Western University's first building to be recognized by the Zero Waste International Alliance for achieving Zero Waste status, making Western University the first higher learning institution in the world to be recognized by the ZWIA.

Facilities Management (formerly Physical Plant) commissioned environmental consulting group, CD Sonter to complete the audits, reduction plans, and submit their application to the Zero Waste International Alliance on their behalf. The project is a natural extension of the recycling program as it provides recognition to compliant buildings.

STARS Silver Accreditation

STARS - AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System

Western University submitted its first STARS report in August 2011

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities in Canada and the United States to measure their sustainability performance. A common set of measurements within the categories of Education and Research, Planning Administration and Engagement, and Operations allows post-secondary institutions to compare their sustainability progress over time. The results and answers of each STARS assessment are displayed at: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/rated/ for all to see, creating incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability. This public forum also facilitates information sharing about sustainability practices, performances and policies.

For more information on STARS, visit the Western Sustainability page.


Urban League of London Green Brick

Green Brick Award

(left to right) Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Denis O'Carroll, Director of Facilities Engineering George Qubty, Faculty of Engineering Dean Andrew Hrymak, and FM Associate Vice-President Roy Langille accept the Green Brick Award

The Green Brick Award recognizes development projects that encourage community participation during design and construction phases.

Western received the Green Brick Award for its incorporation of green features in the Claudette MacKay Lassonde Pavilion, as well as its inclusion of engineering students during the preliminary design process of this building.
(Read more from Western News)