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Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

The Canada Green Building Council champions green buildings because they are healthier for people and the planet. We believe green buildings are a cost-effective solution for carbon reduction, job creation, and innovation. By transforming our communities with zero-carbon green buildings, we can put Canada on a path to a more sustainable future. Check out their Core Concepts of Zero Carbon Building Education Bundle

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Natural Resources Canada Best Practices Guide for Facility Matters

Best Practices Guide for School Facility Managers is part of a pilot energy benchmarking and best practices program for the school sector. This Guide, which should be used in conjunction with Major Energy Retrofit Guidelines for K-12 Schools, was developed to help facility managers in the school sector to plan an energy management campaign. It includes tips on opportunities for energy savings and their potential economic returns. They also offer a variety of tools, resources and training on ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® and RETScreen®.  

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The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

This inspirational building has achieved Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic standard. Lots to learn from their building and design, to their work with donors, to the approach to using the space for all students across the university. 

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Individual online calculator tool – comprehensive

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Individual online calculator tool

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ReThinking Lunch Guide

Centre for Eco-Literacy: A planning framework for improving school food, supporting sustainable food systems, and teaching and integrating curriculum around food issues.

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Collaborative for High Performance Schools

HPS offers resources – many are free resources – to schools, school districts, and practitioners in all aspects of high performance school design, construction, and operation for every phase and type of project. CHPS develops tools that help make schools energy, water, and material efficient, well-lit, thermally comfortable, acoustically sound, safe, healthy, and easy to operate. These resources include: CHPS criteria guidelines, high performance product listings, a well-respected six-volume best practices manual, trainings and conferences, and other tools for creating healthy, green schools. Whether you are planning, designing, operating, specifying for, commissioning, or maintaining a school, we can help you to implement best practices every step of the way.”

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Sustainable Schools

Over the past decade Sustainable Schools has analyzed the actual energy performance of Ontario’s 5,000 K-12 schools along with data from reputed high-performance schools across North America. They provide helpful resources and publications, such as the Top Energy Performing School Boards Report and the HVAC Unit Replacements Guidance Report.

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The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET)

This includes a comprehensive suite of training courses on topics including Decarbonzation, Energy Managementm and Energy Management Systems (EMS) and 50001 Ready Canada

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CAIS Accreditation Standards

CAIS – For Physcial Space, note Standard 12, and specifically 12.7 on pages 13-14.