"The first thing you see as you enter Ron Saporta’s office is the large solar panel that serves as a table top. The panel isn’t hooked up to generate electricity, but it reminds Saporta – and his visitors – of a central part of his mission these days: to help steer this almost 200-year-old institution to a low-carbon future.
Saporta, who is U of T’s chief operating officer for property services and sustainability, is keenly aware of the scope of the challenge. He likes to point out that if the university were a city, it would rank among the 40 most populous in Canada. Many of the buildings on the St. George campus were constructed more than a century ago, when fire was the main concern – not energy efficiency. Updating these buildings, many of which are heritage listed, to current green standards will require a large upfront investment."