Energy and Facilities

Resource Conservation and Climate Change

Conserving resources and reducing waste are cornerstones of any organization’s sustainability initiatives. Waste reduction and recycling are common entry points for thinking about day to day impacts on the environment.


  • Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Reduce consumption of resources and waste generation

Provincial Climate Action Commitment

All public sector organizations in BC monitor and report on their carbon emissions (required by legislation).  To find out about our carbon footprint and what we are doing to reduce it read our latest Climate Change Accountability Report

Renewable Energy Technologies & Systems

Solar Photo-Voltaic Energy

Solar Panels at Tupper SecondarySir Charles Tupper Secondary has an installation of a 15kW Solar-electric (photovoltaic) panel generating renewable electricity. 

Sustainable School Design & Construction
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All new construction in the District is built to LEED-Gold equivalency, and school design includes a number of ‘green initiatives’ such as low flow plumbing fixtures, low VOC materials and heat-recovery from classroom exhaust air to pre-heat incoming air. Going forward we strive to exceed this standard and build high-performance schools that approach ‘Carbon Neutral’ or ‘Net-Zero’ standards.

Maintenance & Sustainability

Lighting Upgrades

In addition to the lighting upgrades that new schools or seismic upgrades receive, the District also upgrades the lighting at existing schools with Annual Facilities Grants the District receives from the Ministry of Education. This results in a substantial energy savings to the District – anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent reduction depending on the site. In addition to energy savings, retrofits of old lighting improve the indoor learning environment, and seismically restrain overhead fixtures.

Queen Victoria Lighting Upgrade

Old lighting on the left and new lighting on the right show the impact lighting can have on the learning environment!

Heating Upgrades

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Several boiler upgrades have been funded by the Province’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program, which provides funds for school districts to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. These upgrades are showing substantial energy savings, lowering District utility costs and improving comfort for staff and students.

Direct Digital Controls System Upgrades


Direct Digital Controls (DDCs) are automation systems that control the various components of building operations. Many existing schools have partial or aging DDC systems and these systems are being upgraded to better understand building operations, to diagnose problems, and to more proactively manage energy consumption.

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