Grand Erie District School Board this past week announced that more than half of the board’s 72 schools were rewarded for their environmental efforts in 2018-19 with 38 earning EcoSchools Certification. Initiatives led by students include introducing recycling programs, encouraging waste-free lunches, energy conservation programs and school grounds greening projects.
Three Grand Erie schools earned Platinum EcoSchools certification, the highest level of recognition. They include Bellview Public School, École Confédération and Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School. Additionally, 14 schools were awarded gold certification, 14 earned silver, and seven collected bronze. In total, 31 elementary schools and seven secondary schools were honoured. You can find the list of schools on the boards website here.
“We’re extremely proud of what our EcoTeams have achieved this year,” said Katie Hashimoto, Supervisor of Energy and Environmental Conservation at the Board. “Fostering student leadership and becoming stronger environmental stewards is part of the EcoSchools certification process. What these schools are doing will have a lasting impact.”
A quick look through the EcoSchools website shows that the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board has a number of certified schools:
- Assumption College School
- Blessed Sacrament
- Holy Trinity Catholic
- Notre Dame Catholic E
- Our Lady of Providence C Elem
- St. Basil C Elem
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux
- St. Joseph’s
- St. Michael’s
- St. Pius X C Elem
- St. Theresa
To find out if a particular school is certified you should check out their interactive map and search for the school or the school board. If you’re curious about the levels of certification there are four in total: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum and each level is related to how much of the EcoSchools content the school engages in, broken down in 6 categories; Teamwork and Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, and Environmental Stewardship. With Platinum level certification requiring going above and beyond the norm on at least one category. If you would like to know even more you can find that in the EcoSchools Guide.
All of these schools are encouraging their students to build a better future for themselves. Here’s to the impact they will make in the future as they carry this sense of commitment to their community forward.