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Environmental Initiatives

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:

  • using low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paints and green cleaning products to reduce air pollution and toxic effects
  • following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver criteria, which helps create resilient buildings that reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy and reduce waste


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:

  • infrastructure upgrades like modernizing old boilers and heat-recovery systems 
  • upgrading to energy-efficient lighting and automatic light controls
  • analyzing utility usage to find other efficiency opportunities


By monitoring our carbon footprint, we can reduce and improve it over time. Some things we look at include:

  • our use of electricity, natural gas and water
  • student bus transportation, mileage and fleet vehicle fuel consumption
  • how much waste we send to landfill

We monitor quarterly and annually, using internationally accepted standards. Students and staff will be able to view this information on an internal Environmental Dashboard.