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Upper Canada District School Board Contributes to Record Number of Certified EcoSchools

UCDSB certified 12 schools with Ontario EcoSchools this year, including
2 Platinum EcoSchools

June 20, 2017 (Brockville, ON) – From energy conservation to environmentally-focused classroom lessons, students in the Upper Canada District School Board are going for green. In the 2016-17 school year, 12 schools in the UCDSB certified with the Ontario EcoSchools program, as part of a record number of over 1,830 schools certifying across the province.

Ontario EcoSchools works with 56 school boards to nurture student leadership and foster environmental learning and action in school communities. Certification is based on a provincial standard established by twelve years of benchmarking: currently, the program certifies 37% of all schools in Ontario and reaches close to 850,000 students.

The Upper Canada District School Board is proud to be part of this growing network, and supports ongoing environmental practices in schools.

Quotes

“We are thrilled that so many of our schools have taken part in this program. The fact that two of our schools have achieved Platinum Certification really speaks to our Board’s commitment to our environment.”

~ Stephen Sliwa, Director of Education, Upper Canada District School Board

"The Ontario EcoSchools program motivates and inspires school communities to take action. Certification provides a framework for integrating environmental learning and action in and beyond school walls. This year, over 1,830 schools in 56 school boards are participating - a record number that demonstrates a growing, student-led movement.”
~ Elanor Waslander, Executive Director, Ontario EcoSchools

Quick Facts

     UCDSB quick fact: For the 2016-17 school year, 2 schools achieved Bronze level, 8 Silver level, and 2 Platinum.

Platinum:

·         Meadowview Public School

·         Lyn Public School

Silver:

·         Front of Yonge Elementary School

·         Caldwell Street Elementary School

·         Drummond Central School

·         Thousand Islands Elementary School

·         Rideau Vista Public School

·         SJ McLeod Public School

·         Montague Public School

·         The Stewart Public School

Bronze:

·         Bridgewood Public School

·         Williamstown Public School

     Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that nurtures environmental leaders, reduces the ecological impact of schools, and builds environmentally responsible school communities. All publicly funded schools can access the EcoSchools program free of charge.

     Ontario EcoSchools is the proud recipient of the 2015 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence.

     A recent third-party study indicates Platinum EcoSchool students on average produce 57% less combined landfill waste than Non-EcoSchool students. Read the full report.

     Ontario EcoSchools operates with support from the Government of Ontario, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and is administered by York University

Learn More & Contact Us

Visit ontarioecoschools.org for more information on the program. For interviews please contact:

Valerie Allen
Superintendent of Schools
Upper Canada District School Board
1-800-267-7131, ext. 1118

Melissa Benner
Communication Director
Ontario EcoSchools
Cell: 647-740-0803
mbenner@ontarioecoschools.org

Posted June 20, 2017

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Contact Information
Superintendent Valerie Allen
Brockville Board Office
Phone: 1-800-267-7131 ext. 1118
Email: valerie.allen@ucdsb.on.ca