Research & Publications

Waste Comparison Study 2016

Waste Study Cover Page graphicThe Waste Comparison Study 2016 was conducted by Immacutec Systems Technologies Inc., an independent waste audit consultant. The goal of the study was to compare the waste output of Platinum and Gold EcoSchools vs. non-EcoSchools. Waste audits were conducted at a total of 40 elementary and 9 secondary schools from 11 school boards. The study found a statistically significant difference between both the Combined Landfill and All Waste output per student of elementary Platinum and Non-EcoSchools. Platinum EcoSchool students on average produce 57% less combined landfill waste than Non-EcoSchool students. These findings suggest that certification from Ontario EcoSchools is associated with lower landfill and total waste generation per student. Click here to read the full report.


Energy Performance Study 2016

Energy Study Cover Page graphicThe Energy Performance Study 2016 was conducted by Enerlife Consulting, a green building performance consulting firm. The goal of the study was to compare the energy efficiency of elementary and secondary EcoSchools and non-EcoSchools. Using the 2013-14 energy data reported by all school boards, schools were compared based on energy savings potential (how much energy a school could save). The study found that on average, EcoSchools tend to be somewhat more energy efficient than non-EcoSchools, though the efficiencies were higher in natural gas performance than electricity. There were also fewer outliers and fewer extremes of energy inefficiency among certified EcoSchools. The results suggest that even though students have a limited ability to influence energy use throughout the whole school, their behavioural actions are still having some effect and could potentially be amplified with the collaboration of principals and administrators. Click here to read the full report.

Get Inspired 2015


The “Get Inspired” book is a compilation of the most exciting, innovative, and foundational eco-initiatives from certified Ontario EcoSchools.The publication was created in-house to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the program, and shared widely with the school communities that were featured in the book. Built around the six sections of certification, it shares a range of ideas and tips – useful for schools and for anyone interested in being more eco-friendly! Click here to read or download.