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Environmental Sustainability


Edmonton Public Schools is committed to being an environmentally responsible organization through education, conservation and protection. As a large public school division, our actions educate students and model environmentally sustainable behaviour and practice.

In 2023, we developed a strategy to guide our environmental efforts over the next four years. 

Corporate Climate Leaders Program targets

Edmonton Public Schools is a proud member of the City of Edmonton’s Corporate Climate Leaders Program. As part of this commitment, we set carbon reduction targets of five per cent by 2025, and 45 per cent by 2035. These targets are supported by an emissions reduction plan in our Energy and Environment Strategy 2023–26. 

Where our emissions come from

We operate more than 210 schools and a number of other buildings that serve nearly 110,000 students and 10,000 staff. The majority of our emissions come from powering schools and buildings.

Pie chart from 2021 data showing that 92% of Edmonton Public Schools’ greenhouse gas emissions comes from three sources: Natural gas consumption (51%), electricity consumption (41%), other emissions (8%). “Other emissions” include emissions from vehicles and trash disposal. 

What we’re doing

Here are a few of the actions that will help us reach our targets:

  • investigate adding rooftop solar energy installations to more schools
  • explore renewable energy, such as solar and wind farms, for 100 per cent green electricity
  • replace aging appliances and lighting with more energy-efficient options
  • work with student transportation carriers to investigate an electric bus pilot project
  • keep more trash out of landfills through waste-sorting stations in schools
  • dedicate maintenance funding to energy-efficient and sustainable projects

Find out more


Policy: Environment (EO.BP)


The EnviroMatters Office helps schools across the Division reduce their environmental impact by:

  • promoting and supporting environmental events and initiatives at schools
  • sharing curricular and co-curricular resources for teachers to use in the classroom
  • empowering students to lead activities in their school and communities