Sheridan College - Catalyzing Breakthrough Community Energy and Climate Implementation
Communities around the world are under growing pressure to reduce their emissions to zero in less than 30 years. Most are struggling to create and implement credible energy and climate action plans. The pioneering stand taken by Sheridan in 2012 to develop a breakthrough energy and climate plan, and follow through with implementation to world-class best practices, served as the starting point for supportive collaboration with Sheridan’s host communities of Oakville and Brampton, with a combined population growing to over 1M. This collaboration has resulted in both municipalities completing rigorous community-scale energy plans and tackling the challenge of gearing up for effective implementation, including meeting the skilled resource challenges. These communities’ efforts have in turn influenced the energy and climate planning approaches of other significant municipalities. Sheridan’s experience and on-going commitment to creative college and community collaboration to meet the global climate emergency will be invaluable information for the participants.
As Director Sustainability at Sheridan College, Herb Sinnock is responsible for implementation of Mission Zero, the institution’s ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption, waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions.
Prior to joining Sheridan College, he was Manager of the Centennial Energy Institute at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario. With nearly 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Herb has worked in project management, technology research and product development for projects funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ontario Power Authority, US Department of Energy, US Air Force, City of Lowell Massachusetts and Yankee Atomic Electric Company.
His technical specialties are energy management, advanced control systems, neural networks, system integration, heat transfer, mathematical modelling and distributed power systems. Herb holds a MSc Energy Engineering – University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts.