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Canada Nearly Doubles Annual Wind Installations; Top Colleges Revealed

This year Canada is on track to set a record for new installed wind power, with 1,338 MW projected, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

This level of installations would almost double the 690 MW installed in 2010. It would represent almost $3.5 billion in investment and more than 13,500 person-years of employment, Canwea says.

Canada is now expected to end 2011 with more than 5,300 MW of total installed wind energy capacity – enough to power more than 1.5 million Canadian homes every year. This is up from only 198 MW at the end of 2001.

2011 is also a record year for new wind energy installations in Ontario with more than 500 MW projected to be installed by the end of year. New wind farms are being commissioned in seven other Canadian provinces in 2011, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

But the association warns that maintaining this growth will require a stable policy frameworks and continued commitments to aggressive targets for wind energy development.

Canwea says that more than 6,000 MW of wind energy projects are already contracted to be built in Canada over the next five years, and several provincial governments are launching new procurement process to obtain even more wind energy.

For a list of wind farm developments and to view a PDF of federal and provincial initiatives in Canada click here: http://www.canwea.ca/farms/wind-farms_e.php

In other Canadian news, air filtration company Camfil Farr has presented its 5-Star Energy Cost Index (ECI) Energy Award to the IBM Canada plant in Bromont, Quebec, where use of Camfil Farr products and services has helped the facility reduce HVAC energy consumption by 20 percent over five years.

Finally, the University of Waterloo and York University have topped Corporate Knights Magazine’s eighth-annual rankings of how Canadian universities fare in integrating sustainability into the school experience.

Corporate Knights said York University’s Schulich School of Business was the clear winner in the MBA program ranking. With a score of 94.6, the school consistently excels across all three evaluated categories: institutional support, student-led initiatives and coursework. Other notable performers in the MBA ranking are the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University (74.3 per cent), and the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta (70.9 per cent).

Among undergraduate business program, the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo led the pack, with a score of 75.6 per cent. A strong focus on the environment and sustainability in required coursework helped set Waterloo apart from the rest. The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University also performed well in the undergraduate program ranking, following closely behind with a score of 71.4 per cent.

But the magazine said that despite these strong performances, the vast majority of MBA and undergraduate programs obtained a score of 50 per cent or less. It observed consistently low scores in institutional support and coursework, and urged greater incentives for students to participate in sustainability-themed internships, noting that over 50 per cent of undergraduate business and MBA programs offered no relevant internships or consulting programs.

Among Canadian law schools on the sustainability score, the Juris Doctor program at the University of Toronto led the pack this year with a total score of 88.9 per cent. Following on their heels was the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (79.8 per cent), along with the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

The results and methodology of the Ranking are available here:

Stanford Graduate School of Business was recently ranked number one in the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey, a biennial ranking that looks at business schools’ social, environmental and ethics content. In this year’s ranking, York’s Schulich school fell to second place, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

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