Sustainability Office Initiatives


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

All of the WCDSB’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) since 2012 can be downloaded below. To see the energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions of other Broader Public Sector you can visit the Government of Ontario’s webpage.

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 |

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.

2019 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan

2020 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan
APPENDIX D Investments in Energy Management Strategies FY 2014 to FY 2018
APPENDIX E Calculating Energy Conservation Goals FY 2019 to FY 2023


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 –

Free for All, St. Bernadette, 2016

St. Bernadette, Free for All Campaign 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. 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 Organics Program ?


Since 2015, 37 schools have taken measures to reduce their waste from landfill by composting. Our goal is to support the Region in meeting its waste diversion targets.  If your school is interested to participate in the organics program please complete one of the forms below.

Green Bin Program through the Region of Waterloo (for schools without moloks):
Green Bin Pilot School Application. 
Green Bin Program through Waste Management (for schools with moloks): Schools with moloks looking to start organics collections should complete this form.

For your school to be successful in the application, you are required to provide a participatory agreement between the administrator, one teacher and one custodian. Your application should be sent to the Energy Conservation Officer at for approval.

Participants in the Organics Program

Elementary Schools

Blessed Sacrament CES
Canadian Martyrs CES
Holy Family CES
Holy Rosary CES
Holy Spirit CES
John Sweeney CES
Our Lady of Fatima CES
Our Lady of  Grace CES
Our Lady of Lourdes CES
Sir Edgar Bauer CES
St. Agnes CES
St. Aloysius CES
St. Anne (Cambridge) CES
St. Anne (Kitchener) CES
St. Augustine CES
St. Bernadette CES
St. Boniface CES
St. Brigid CES
St. Clement CES
St. Daniel CES
St. Dominic Savio CES
St. Gregory CES
St. Michael CES
St. John Paul II CES
St. John CES
St. Kateri CES
St. Luke CES
St. Margaret CES
St. Mark CES
St. Michael CES
St. Nicholas CES
St. Teresa (Kitchener) CES
St. Teresa of Calcutta (Cambridge) CES
St. Vincent de Paul

Secondary Schools

Monsignor Doyle CSS
Resurrection CSS
St. Benedict CSS
St. David CSS
St. Louis-Adult Learning Education Centre

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.


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:

Past research projects:

2017 – 2018 “Engaging Secondary Students in Sustainable Behaviours At School and Outside of School” in partnership with the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

2017 – 2018 “Sustainability Action Plan” in partnership with Sustainable Business Management post-graduate class at Conestoga College.