For the continued growth and success of its student body, Tyndale University College & Seminary will consolidate its main operations onto the new Bayview Avenue campus, following moves by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to their new locations currently anticipated in 2013. In its 117-year history, Tyndale has consistently based property decisions on its mission to enrich the mind, heart and character of its students. It moved from Queens Avenue in London, and Bloor and Spadina in Toronto, to the present campus on Ballyconnor Court in 1976. The new Bayview campus will provide room to expand Tyndale’s mission to provide quality university and seminary education.
Tyndale’s use of the new campus at 3377 Bayview Avenue began two years ago with the Bachelor of Education program and other academic and administrative departments. The Bayview campus has ample room for future growth with more than 35 classrooms, over 200 dorm rooms, multiple sports amenities and 56 acres of land. Tyndale will continue to increase its presence on the new campus as space becomes available. The Tyndale’s Board of Governors will explore all options for the best use of all of Tyndale’s assets to ensure responsible stewardship of resources and to maximize opportunities for expansion and impact of programs.
Tyndale is continuing toward completion of its $58 million Uncommon Ground capital campaign that was launched on May 31, 2008. On May 25, 2011, Tyndale will celebrate the success thus far of the campaign and reveal future plans.
Tyndale is taking seriously the biblical mandate to rule over and care for the earth. Over the course of two years, Tyndale’s Green Initiatives have reduced costs and decreased the environmental impact of the school.
Scott Rough, Manager of Campus Facilities, states that the initiative “has been grass roots” as the campus administration collaborated with Associate Academic Dean Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast and students to decrease their environmental impact.
Tyndale Maintenance Team
By providing recycling bins with paper, plastic or waste options in hallways, Tyndale has doubled the amount of waste recycled in one year. Maintenance teams re-installed all the lights on campus, changing to more energy-efficient bulbs. The lighting throughout the building is now uniform, which reduces headaches and, reports Rough, gives “much brighter light for a lot less money.” LED lights were installed in EXIT signs and the windows in the chapel were sealed to reduce heat loss. Lighting changes reduced Tyndale’s maintenance costs for lighting by 90% of their annual expenditures. The city of Toronto has certified these changes and reports that Tyndale has reduced their overall energy demand by 17%.
Changes also include selling fair trade coffee and providing a discount for bringing a reusable mug at the coffee shop. Professors are giving fewer paper handouts and the printers automatically print in black and white. The IT department has installed print accounting software to create paper usage accountability, and the Tyndale letterhead was changed to gain one extra inch per page.
On their own, these items may seem insignificant. But taken as a whole they add up to a meaningful commitment to honouring God’s creation and demonstrating respect and appreciation for it.