Environmental Education

Energy Conservation in Ontario's Schools

The government has a long-term strategy to reduce energy consumption in Ontario schools. Below you'll find highlights of projects that are part of the Ministry of Education's Energy Management Initiative.

Utility Consumption Database (UCD)

Launched in 2009, the UCD tracks the energy consumption of approximately 5,500 buildings across the sector, including electricity, natural gas, heating fuels, propane, wood, district heat, district cool and water.

The UCD is an energy management tool that is used by both school boards and the Ministry to:

  • Analyze year-over-year weather-normalized energy consumption against key facility indicators such as total building area, year of construction etc., at a meter, site and asset portfolio level
  • Determine average provincial benchmarks for energy consumption based on common facility indicators
  • Identify schools and boards that are the most energy efficient
  • Identify schools and boards that need technical advice and support to reduce their energy consumption
  • Complete the Green Energy Act's Annual Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report for each board

Green Clean Program Resource Guide

Released in 2010, the Green Clean Program Resource Guide (PDF, 639 KB) provides school boards with a comprehensive framework to help them adopt and implement a green clean program that increases the use of environmentally-responsible cleaning products in schools.

Green Schools Resource Guide: A Practical Resource for Planning and Building Green Schools in Ontario

Released in 2010, the Green Schools Resource Guide (PDF, 3.48 MB) is a one-stop reference manual to help boards plan, design and build an energy efficient green school.

Inventory and Analysis of Green Building Initiatives in Ontario District School Boards

Released to the sector in 2011, this board resource provides detailed information on 29 identified green technologies that have been implemented across Ontario school boards. Information on each technology includes cost to implement, risk assessment, maintenance and end of life issues, lessons learned, and a case study.