Case Study: Simcoe County District School Board

Simcoe County District School Board is a large school board in south-central Ontario with both urban and rural schools. It has 104 schools serving over 50,000 students. Its new Mundy's Bay Public school received LEED-NC Gold certification during the 2009-2010 school year.

The school board has participated in the Sustainable Schools and GREEN UP® pilot external energy benchmarking programs. Three of its schools were listed among the Top 20 energy performing schools in Canada, with its Mundy's Bay school ranked as one of the most efficient schools in Canada in 2009.

In 2009, the Ontario Ministry of Education provided grants to school boards to improve their energy efficiency. When the Simcoe County District School Board received $9.6 million in funding, they embarked on a comprehensive energy management program with a goal to maximize the energy efficiency of its schools and facilities, while establishing targets, standards and improving operations.

A number of retrofits have been completed including lighting upgrades and replacements, building automation upgrades and mechanical improvements. The school board is tracking progress and benchmarking energy performance throughout the process. The Simcoe County District School Board's public schools are recognized among the top 20 Energy Performers in Canada, as announced in the Enerlife 2009 List of Top Energy Performing Schools [PDF - 1.2mb].

The school board is still continuing to reap the rewards of its energy retrofit actions. In 2011, the SCDSB reported savings of 5.8% of its total energy use compared to 2010.