Thompson Rivers University

Mountain guide helps TRU go big on sustainability

October 30, 2015

Gudjonson helping TRU reach new heights in sustainability

Director of Environment and Sustainability, Jim Gudjonson, makes his way up a mountain in Patagonia.


Recently TRU’s Director of Environment and Sustainability, Jim Gudjonson, was profiled by BC Hydro in an Oct. 19, 2015 article titled Mountain guide helps Kamloops university go big on sustainability

Sustainability is one of TRU’s Strategic Priorities through 2019 and to keep us on course, we have the Strategic Sustainability Plan as a roadmap.

When Jim Gudjonson gets lost in thought, it might be that he’s envisioning his next guiding trip through the mountains around Golden, B.C. Or maybe it’s planning his 2016 trip to Antarctica, where he’ll ski tour and mountain climb.

Then again, it’s possible he’s just trying to figure out the best way to invest another $300,000 from Thompson River University’s revolving green fund in more efficiencies at the Kamloops university.

“We’ve managed to leverage that $300,000 into about a million dollars’ worth of projects every year,” says Gudjonson, the part-time mountain guide who helps secure funding from the likes of BC Hydro, FortisBC and B.C.’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program to help pay for TRU’s remarkable energy efficiency projects.

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