March 27th 2024

Pioneering heat pump research by a University of Toronto professor in 1940 is now paving the way for a retrofit that will dramatically reduce emissions at the school’s historic downtown campus.

Thanks, in part, to the groundbreaking technology discovered by Prof. Frank Hooper, the university plans to start overhauling heating and cooling systems at its 200-year-old St. George campus this summer.

Called Project Leap, it is believed to be the largest sustainability effort in the higher education sector in Canada, said Ron Saporta, U of T’s chief operating officer of property services and sustainability. “We want to reduce our emissions in a materially meaningful way and do so rapidly. Not over decades but within a small handful of years.”

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