Everyone has a role to play in reducing environmental impact, from individual student action to Division‑wide initiatives. Here are some of the big-scale actions that will help us minimize our carbon footprint.
EcoSchools helps schools participate in climate action by offering guides, tracking progress and measuring impact. Edmonton Public Schools is proud to have more than 20 schools (and growing!) that have registered for the program to date.
Schools can develop plans and actively participate in environmental and sustainability initiatives. They can also earn an EcoSchools certification of bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
All new schools in the Division maintain high environmental standards by:
Currently, 24 schools have solar energy installations that offset about 7.5 per cent of the Division’s total energy consumption.
Many new schools feature solar modules mounted on the roofs and exterior walls. Older schools have also had solar modules added as part of plans to increase the amount of green energy used across the Division.
Each solar installation is monitored for its energy production. Schools will have access to this information through an internal Environmental Dashboard.
We’re also reducing energy consumption through:
By monitoring our carbon footprint, we can reduce and improve it over time. Some things we look at include:
We monitor quarterly and annually, using internationally accepted standards. Students and staff will be able to view this information on an internal Environmental Dashboard.