June 21, 2017

Peel District School Board breaks record for number of certified EcoSchools

​From energy conservation to environmentally-focused classroom lessons, students at the Peel board are going for green in record numbers. In the 2016-17 school year, 101 schools certified with the Ontario EcoSchools program, with 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 Peel board is proud to be part of this growing network and supports ongoing environmental practices in schools. 

Quick Facts

● For the 2016-17 school year, 7 schools achieved Bronze level, 42 Silver level, 47 Gold level, and 5 Platinum.
● 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.

Visit ontarioecoschools.org for more information on the program.  A list of Peel board EcoSchools is available hereE-flyer EcoSchools 2017.pdf.

Reference:​ Tracy Appleton, Sustainability Specialist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2168, tracy.appleton@peelsb.com 

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