2023 President’s Annual Report
Getting “smart” about campus energy 
Right the Future

New technology will enable York to meet its sustainability goals while serving as a teaching and research tool

York University received over $2 million in funding through the Government of Canada’s Decarbonization Incentive Program, which will boost York’s capacity to deliver energy efficient utilities and act as a living lab for researchers and students.  

This funding will support the installation of a new Energy Management Information System (EMIS) at the Keele campus – a state-of-the-art system that that will enable cloud-based software with AI capabilities to analyze and optimize existing building energy in real time with the goal of controlling campus comfort and reducing unnecessary use of electricity and gas – turning our campus into a smart campus.

EMIS will also enable York to leverage its campuses as living labs to implement new initiatives that contribute to the learning experiences of students and provide researchers with the real-time knowledge and data they need pursue relevant research.

The data and information from the EMIS will also be app-based and available to everyone at York via their smartphones, with the goal to empower and inspire the entire York community to personally commit to upholding sustainability in their own lives and work.