EcoSchools Certification Awarded to 27 HCDSB Schools for the 2017-2018 Year!
Ontario EcoSchools has recognized 27 Halton Catholic District School Board as EcoSchool certified.
​​St. Mary Catholic Elementary being awarded Platinum certification for their outstanding eco efforts.
During the 2017-2018 school year, 27 schools from the Halton Catholic District School Board received an EcoSchools certification!
 
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmentally-educative program that aims to help school communities across the province to develop their ecological literacy and environmental practices. The ultimate goal of the program is for school communities to reduce their eco-footprints, and to teach staff, students and parents to become environmentally responsible citizens.​
 
An article published by Ontario EcoSchools highlights the initiatives of St. Benedict and St. Michael Catholic Elementary Schools as exceptional examples of eco-friendly schools.
 
This year, St. Benedict received Gold EcoSchool Certification in their fourth year of participation in the program. With the entire student body enthusiastic about eco-change, the school prides itself on being a "complete EcoSchool", from initiatives such as using compost from Halton Waste Management to grow sustainable vegetables in a school garden, to families signing up to water and weed the garden during the summer months.
 
St. Michael started strong in their first year of EcoSchools program participation, developing an EcoTeam of staff and students to promote waste minimization at their school: students create posters and announcements to promote proper waste disposal, and act as class ambassadors during lunchtime to ensure correct sorting of waste into recycling, garbage, or terracycling bins. 
 
Overall, 3 schools were awarded Bronze certification, 6 schools were awarded Silver certification, 16 schools were awarded Gold certification, and 2 schools were awarded Platinum certification.

St. Mary, one of the schools awarded with Platinum certification, were hand picked for a segment on YourTV Halton that highlighted their tremendous efforts. Watch St. Mary's feature here.​​​
 
Congratulations to all the schools for the work they have done this year in improving their eco-footprint and environmental awareness!



 

 

 
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