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Record Number Of Catholic Schools Join EcoSchools Movement

Friday June 21st, 2019, 10:00am


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A growing number of catholic schools have joined an important movement to reduce their environmental footprint.

A total of 20 schools have been certified as Ontario EcoSchools, marking a 25% increase over the number of schools to earn that designation from last year, with 11 of them being named gold status schools.

“This is a terrific way to acknowledge of all the hard work our students and staff members have done towards reducing their impact on our natural environment,” said Mike St. Pierre, a curriculum consultant who oversees the implementation of the EcoSchools program in WECDSB schools. “These people are very aware of the importance of environmental stewardship and taking meaningful steps in their schools to reduce waste, lower energy consumption, and improve their school grounds.”

EcoSchools is an award-winning 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.

Some examples of the many activities schools participate in include creating recycling teams, launching composting programs, holding lights-out lunches and tree plantings, sweater days when thermostats are slightly lowered, garbageless lunch days, and walk or ride your bike to school days.

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