Sustainability Office Initiatives

Energy Profile

Ontario’s Regulation for Public Agencies

On January 1, 2012, the Ontario Regulation 397/11: Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans came into effect. The regulation requires “public agencies, starting in July 1, 2013, to report annually to the Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) on their energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and publish the reports on their websites. In addition, starting July 1, 2014, public agencies need to develop a five-year conservation plan and publish the plan on their websites. Plans must be updated every five years beginning in 2019” (Ministry of Energy, 2015).

WCDSB’s Energy Use and GHGs

Take a look at the WCDSB’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) between 2011 and 2014 below. Please note that the GHGs in the 2014 report will be included once the report has been reviewed by the Ministry of Energy. You can contact us directly if you would like to obtain the pdf files in excel format. To see the energy usage and green house gas emissions of the Broader Public Sector you can visit the Government of Ontario’s webpage.

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Renewable Energy

Through a partnership with a solar developer, the WCDSB received an approval from the Ontario Power Authority to install 17 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through the FIT2 program. The 17 sites include: St. Agnes (100 kW), St. Benedict (325 kW), Canadian Martyrs (120 kW), St. Clement (60 kW), St. David (375 kW), St. Dominic (115 kW), St. Elizabeth (100 kW), Holy Spirit (175 kW), St. John Paul II (145 kW), St. Kateri Tekakwitha (160 kW), St. Luke (200 kW), St. Mary (400 kW), St. Margaret (150 kW), St. Matthew (175 kW), St. Nicholas (180 kW), Resurrection (425 kW), St. Teresa of Calcutta (175 kW). These sites generate a total of 3380 kW of electricity that is being fed to the Ontario electricity grid.

Elementary Schools

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School
Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School
St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School
St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School
St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School
St. Clements Catholic Elementary School
St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School
St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School
St. Margaret Catholic Elementary School
St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School
St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School

Secondary Schools

St. Benedict Catholic High School
St. David Catholic High School
St. Mary Catholic High School
Resurrection Catholic High School


“Rethinking your relationship with waste is one of the most powerful ways you can help stop climate change. Canadians produced an average of 837 kilograms of non-hazardous solid waste in 2006, all of which goes straight into a landfill. Landfills produce about one quarter of Canada’s methane emissions — and methane is a greenhouse gas more powerful than carbon dioxide.”

– David Suzuki 2016 –

St. Margaret, 2016

St. Margaret, 2016

St. Clement, 2016

St. Clement, 2016

Free for All, St. Bernadette, 2016

‘Free for All’ Campaign

St. Agatha, 2016


The Ontario Regulation 102/94 requires all educational institutions, with more than 350 persons enrolled, to conduct a waste audit, to prepare a written report, and a waste reduction work plan “covering the waste generated by the operation of the institution at the location or the campus” (O. Reg. 102/94, s. 52. (1)).  A source separation program for the waste generated should be implemented by the school (O. Reg. 103/94, s. 14. (2)). The waste audit, the waste report, and the waste reduction work plan,  should be updated on yearly basis (O. Reg. 102/94, s. 51-55).
Ontario Regulation 102/94 – Waste Audits and Waste Reduction Work Plans
Ontario Regulation 103/94 – Source Separation Programs

Waste Audit Form
Waste Reduction Work Plan Form

Complete a waste audit with you students, using EcoSchool Canada’s Guide to Waste Audits. Contact the Sustainability Office for the needed supplies and tools.

A Guide to Source Separation of Recyclable Materials for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Sectors and Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
A Guide to Waste Audits and Waste. Reduction work plans for industrial, commercial and institutional sectors

Do you need posters on recycling? The Waste Management Department at the Region of Waterloo can provide you with posters free of charge. Feel free to contact John Williams at 519-575-4400 ext. 8413 or by email at Make sure to have the total numbers of posters your school needs before contacting the Region. On the Region’s website there are also several useful resources for you to use.

Alternatively, you can print these posters for primary and secondary schools for some motivation and inspiration. Also, these posters provide information of what kinds of waste go in each bin: blue, grey, green, and trash.


Holy Spirit, 2014

                 Is your school interested to reduce their waste ?
Would you like to sign up for the Green Bin Program with the Region of Waterloo?

To get your school registered you will have to complete Green Bin Pilot School Application and send it to your Energy Conservation Officer at for approval. For your school to be accepted, you will need the input from one teacher, the principal and the custodian. The goal of the Pilot is to get the students engaged in the program. Make sure to answer the questions as detailed as you can. Once your application has been approved, a representative from the Region of Waterloo will be in touch with you.

Note that schools who already have moloks are not eligible to participate in the Green Bin Program. Schools with Moloks looking to start organics collections should also complete Green Bin Pilot School Application and send it to your Energy Conservation Officer at

Participants in the Green Bin Program through Region of Waterloo

Blessed Sacrament
Holy Rosary
Sir Edgar Bauer
St. Bernadette
St. Boniface
St. Dominic Savio
St. Michael
St. Augustine

Schools using the Organic Molok through Waste Management

Holy Spirit
Our Lady of Fatima
St. Anne (Cambridge)
St. Anne (Kitchener)
St. Clement
St. Gregory
St. John Paul II
St. John
St. Luke
St. Nicholas

Water Reporting 

On July 1, 2017, the Ministry of Energy passed the Ontario Regulation 20/17 which requires yearly reporting on water consumption.  More information about the regulation can be found here. The water consumption data  for the WCDSB will be posted under this tab once it has been submitted to the Ministry.


2019 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan

WCDSB’s Energy Conservation and Demand Management  (ECDM) Plan includes a summary of WCDSB’s energy consumption, as well as description of previous, current and proposed energy conservation measures. The ECDM also includes a forecast of the expected results of current and proposed measures. 

2016 Sustainability Newsletter

The Sustainability Newsletter of WCDSB includes goals and  objectives in six areas: energy conservation, ecoschools, active and healthy schools, greening projects, waste reduction, and community engagement. Learn more about our board wide sustainable initiatives through the Sustainability Newsletter


We encourage research partnerships with outside institutions. If you are interested to conduct educational research within the WCDSB you need to complete the Guidelines for Conducting Educational Research – APC031. Applications are accepted during the following three time points with an approximate 8-12 week start date from the time of submission:

Current research projects:

2017 – present “Engaging Secondary Students in Sustainable Behaviours At School and Outside of School” in partnership with the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

2017 – present “Sustainability Action Plan” in partnership with Sustainable Business Management post-graduate class at Conestoga College.