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NEW! 2020 Top Boards Report now available!

Webinar recording now available: May 20, 2020 SUS Top Boards report launch

SUS Top Boards Report Methodology White Paper May 2020

Bear Creek Secondary School case study

Sustainable Schools has worked with school boards across Canada to build the knowledge and practice of energy efficiency in schools. This ground-breaking initiative goes beyond energy reporting and benchmarking to establish best practice energy targets for individual schools, and thus how much energy each school and school board can save. This knowledge of conservation potential provides the foundation and direction for effective conservation action.

Over the past decade Sustainable Schools has analyzed the actual energy performance of Ontario’s 5,000 K-12 schools along with data from reputed high-performance schools across North America. The program publishes annual reports recognizing the most energy efficient school boards in Ontario, based on publicly reported data. The success of these boards has much to do with outstanding management practices which is the focus of future research.

The program also undertakes extensive applied research, with topics including:

  • Application of geoexchange to K-12 schools: research into system design, conditions, and operations
  • Portable classroom energy use: advanced control strategies for optimizing operations
  • Characteristics of high-performing and most improved boards: policies, resources, and management practices

To help Ontario school boards with decision-making as they prepared for school reopening, on September 2, 2020, Sustainable Schools facilitated a discussion with representatives from ASHRAE. The panel, which included Ontario school board representatives, responded to urgent questions from school boards’ staff about plans and approaches to ventilation system modifications.   

Presentation – Ventilation System Management for Schools

Proceedings – Ventilation System Management for Schools


In response to growing concern about climate change, analysis for the 2020 Top Energy Performing Boards report identified 304 Ontario schools (6% of the total) which emit less than 1.0 kg CO2e per square foot. The individual schools from each board which meet this threshold are recognized through the Sustainable Schools program.

Schools analyzed

School boards ranked

SUS 2020 Top Energy Performing School Boards Report 2020

2020 SUS Top Energy Performing Boards Report

Please download the report to learn more about the Top energy Performing Schools.

SUS - Top Energy Performing Boards Report - Methodology White Paper

2020 Top Boards Report Methodology White Paper

Please download the white paper to learn more about the report methodology.



2020 Top Energy Performing School Boards report

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST


Join us for the launch of the 2020 Top Energy Performing School Boards report! Our report takes the publicly reported annual energy data for Ontario’s 5,000 schools and applies rational, evidence-based targets to determine the savings potential for every building. Results are rolled up to recognize the most energy efficient school boards in Ontario. It reports on the overall provincial achievable conservation potential for electricity, natural gas, utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions. As part of our webinar, we feature a Q&A with select school boards and a briefing from Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Enbridge Gas on resources available to Ontario’s school sector.

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