Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental program that addresses both the operation of the schools and what the students learn. It has been designed collaboratively by school boards for school boards to incorporate environmental education as well as environmentally responsible action into the school setting. Student success – in both academics and positive contributions to society – is the focus of Ontario EcoSchools. The program aims to influence young people during a formative period of life, and affect an exponential impact as children take a culture of conservation home with them.
The purposes are to:
- Provide teachers with environmental education resource units for elementary and secondary grades based on the Ontario Curriculum.
- Provides guides that promote taking individual action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Align what is taught in classrooms with school operations (curriculum & facilities).
- Save money and reduce our impact on the environment (e.g., conserve energy and minimize waste) at both the Board and individual school levels and provide related opportunities for learning and action outside the classroom to reinforce classroom education.
The following are certified EcoSchools for 2018:
- Holy Cross Secondary
- John Paul II
- Mother Teresa
- St Jude
- St Jude's, Ingersoll
- St Mary, London
- St Mary's, West Lorne
- St Michael's, Woodstock
- St Patrick's, Woodstock
- St Thomas More
- St. Anne's, St. Thomas