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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. 

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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 Benchmarking Guide for School Facility Managers, 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. Best practices often result in benchmarks. Schools can emulate other organizations that incorporate best practices in an effort to lower their own costs.

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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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CAIS Accreditation Standards

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