Facilities & Operations Support

High priority recommendations on facilities & operations for Alberta school boards

Implementing an anti-idling policy on school grounds and committing to use low emission vehicles for school transportation
Installing solar panels, water bottle fountains, low-flush toilets, light timers, and other forms of sustainable and renewable energy transition, in all schools

Examples of the recommendations in action


Financial support for green infrastructure

  • Solar for Schools Program is a program provided by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre that provides rebates to Alberta Public School Boards who install photovoltaic systems (PV) on their school. The Government of Alberta is investing $15 million into this program.  Read the news release here.

  • Energy Performance Contracts are made possible through Alberta's Capital Borrowing Regulation under the school act (considered a 'best practice' nationally).  They transfer the risk of borrowing for major energy efficiency retrofits from the school board to the contractor.  Click here for more information by the Energy Services Association of Canada.

  • Fortis Alberta Community Grants offers several grant opportunities for schools to utilize, including those that create or enhance an environmental project or promote energy efficiency in schools, 

  • The Clean Energy Improvement Program (more commonly known as PACE) is a way to finance energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy projects through property taxes.  Note: This program is still in the development stage.