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Sustainability Thinking About Our Future Today

Thinking About Our Future Today


The CBE has a considerable legacy of leadership and success in environmental education and energy management on both an individual school and system level. The CBE's commitment to environmental sustainability is laid out within the following Operational Expectations (OE) and Results: OE-9 Facilities and Results 3 Citizenship.

The CBE’s Sustainability Framework 2030 supports a formal commitment to a sustainable future.

As Calgary’s public school system, we have a responsibility to contribute to a sustainable future.

Sustainability encompasses the social, economic and environmental components of our world.

As a leader in environmental education and energy management on both an individual school and system level, our staff and students have demonstrated a significant commitment to environmental stewardship since 2007. This is an important component of sustainability, but as we move forward we will work on all aspects of sustainability.

Our Sustainability Framework 2030 ​was presented to the Board of Trustees in April 2022. It was created with input from staff, students, parents and public and ​is aligned with the Results policies and the Education Plan.

In addition to the need to care for local and global environmental and social systems, there are also financial benefits to adopting and implementing a Sustainability Framework 2030.

Financial benefits and savings will be achieved through continued implementation of energy management projects, energy retrofits, alternative energy installations and waste minimization and diversion strategies.

Sustainability fosters holistic thinking about operations. Assessing the total cost of materials, equipment and infrastructure and investing in higher quality and less impactful products, reduces operating costs, extends product service life, and reduces waste costs.

Other sustainability initiatives will encourage collaboration and resource sharing between schools and departments.

Our sustainability measures will contribute to an improved organizational reputation, the recruitment and retention of staff and a student population that values sustainability.

Sustainability Projects​

Buildings for the Future​

All of our new buildings are designed to meet industry minimum standards for energy efficiency and environmental design.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building rating system that provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

To achieve certification, project teams choose which credits within the system are right for their project. Teams first decide what is most important for their community and local environment and then apply strategies to earn points across five basic areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Based on the number of points achieved, a project receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Since 2006, all new CBE schools have been designed and built to a minimum LEED Silver rating.

LEED Schools

LEED Gold Certification
  • Captain Nichola Goddard School
  • Christine Meikle School
  • Cranston School
  • Dr. Freda Miller Schoo​l
  • Hugh A. Bennett School
  • Manmeet Singh Bhullar School
  • McKenzie Towne School
  • Nelson Mandela School
  • Northern Lights School
  • Nose Creek School
  • Ted Harrison School
  • Twelve Mile Coulee School
  • ​Sibylla Kiddle School
LEED Silver Certification
  • Bridlewood School
  • Connaught School
  • Copperfield School
  • Elbow Park School
  • Ernest Manning School
  • Evergreen School
  • Kenneth D. Taylor School
  • Peter Lougheed School
  • Robert Thirsk School
  • Royal Oak School
  • Saddle Ridge School
  • Samuel W. Shaw School
  • West Springs School
  • William D. Pratt School

For more information on the LEED rating system and certification process, visit the Canada Green Building Council website.

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An outdoor learning centre at a school

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