GHG Reduction Target
Achieve a 100% EcoSchools Certification
Promote waste initiatives - 87% of schools participated in the organics program (pre-covid)
Promote the building of school gardens - 50% of schools have food gardens or pollinator gardens
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Core Modules Tracked
Optional Modules Tracked
Installed various building upgrades on new boilers, roofs, heat pumps, controls, doors, and windows and encouraged schools to proceed with their sustainability practices. Before the pandemic, 19 schools worked towards an EcoSchools certification, and 87% of their schools participated in an organic waste diversion program.
Green Bin Program Promotion: Increased the number of participating schools in the Green Bin Program with the Region of Waterloo. There are now 4 new schools who are waiting to receive their green bins to be part of the program.
Infrastructure Upgrades: There were multiple upgrades made in the buildings, including building automation system upgrades, high efficiency boiler upgrades, exterior doors, roofs and windows and lighting . Rooftop units were also upgrades to be energy efficient.
“Top 10 Boards by Growth” (2017): WCDSB was featured due to 20% increase in number of certified EcoSchools from 2015-16 (19) to 2016-17 (29)
Multiple Building Upgrades: Energy consumption in buildings was reduced after several roofing projects, new exterior and interior LED lighting, heat pump upgrades, boiler upgrades, and new windows and doors that prevented heat loss.
Lightning Retrofit: Completed a retrofit of lighting in the gym and library at Sir Edgar Bauer, which achieved electricity savings of 18, 349 KwH per year. Additionally, they completed a retrofit at St. Nicholas of the gym and the library, achieving electricity savings of 24,915 KwH/yr.