In 2019, the TDSB endorsed the City of Toronto’s climate emergency declaration and asked the Director to report back on the TDSB’s actions to address climate change, in terms of both climate literacy and facility operations.
Reducing carbon emissions is critical to mitigating the worst effects of climate change. In the City of Toronto, over 50% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are generated directly by buildings. With 583 operating schools comprising over 44 million square feet of floor area, the TDSB is the second largest property owner/manager in our city. As such, the ways in which the TDSB designs, builds and operates schools has a significant impact on Toronto’s overall GHG emissions and our ability to meet the goal of Net Zero Carbon by 2050 for our school buildings.
In 2020, the Energy and Climate Action team was created within the Sustainability Office to specifically address the challenges of climate change by focusing on ways to reduce GHG emissions generated by school buildings. The team is involved in a number of on-going projects and initiatives, including:
- Building Renewal Projects Commissioning
- Design Guideline Reviews
- Energy Retrofit Projects
- Building Automation Systems (BAS)
- Optimized Ventilation
- Utilities Management and Building Analytics
- Operations Excellence
- Solar Schools
For more information contact: Maurice.Buonastella@tdsb.on.ca.
Ontario Regulation 507/18 requires broader public sector organizations, such as school boards, to prepare and make available to the public, energy conservation and demand management plans and a report on their annual energy consumption and GHG emissions.