The Halton District School Board is pleased to announce that 47 schools (42 elementary and five secondary) have been certified by the Ontario EcoSchools
program for the 2018-19 school year. The EcoSchools program recognizes and celebrates schools for their environmental learning and action.
Within the HDSB, 13 schools achieved Platinum, 16 schools were awarded Gold level, 10 Silver level and eight Bronze. Abbey Park Secondary School, Hawthorne Village, River Oaks and Ethel Gardiner public schools have now been certified for 11 years in a row. Under the EcoSchools program, schools are required to apply for certification annually. Certification is based on a provincial standard.
"We congratulate all members of EcoTeams, staff, students and community members who have learned about environmental and sustainability issues in and around their schools and taken action to address them," says Suzanne Burwell, the Board's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. "Not only are students learning in the classroom, they are extending that learning beyond the walls of the school."
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools that helps school communities develop both ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible and reduce the environmental footprint of schools. The key areas of focus and achievement are: Teamwork and Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, and Environmental Stewardship.
For additional information, contact:
Suzanne Burwell, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663 | Toll-free 1-877-618-3456