To nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities. To do this we:
Every School an EcoSchool!
From individual behaviours to collective impact, all members of school communities are empowered with the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and desire to act as environmentally responsible citizens.
Every day I take my three year old outside to explore. whether in our backyard or in neighbourhood parks, his unreserved enthusiasm and curiosity for the world around us – puddles, bird songs, the fall leaves – reminds me of my own connection to my environment and the deeper purpose in the work I do.
I’ve been with Ontario EcoSchools for the past eight years and during that time, I’ve seen the steady growth of the program: from 108 certified schools in 2005 to 1,720 in 2015.
Long-lasting change takes place through concrete, concerted, and cumulative efforts. It often needs a group of dedicated individuals to share a collective vision. Change is most sustainable when all voices in a community are represented.
With this in mind, Ontario EcoSchools aims to engage all stakeholders in the school system – students, teachers, school staff, parents, community organizations, and school boards – for sector level change. By working together, a culture of conservation becomes deeply rooted and reflected in decision making.
This past year, we have seen amazing momentum across the province. Thanks to all the EcoTeams that led fun, brilliant, and innovative initiatives. Thanks to every school board that continues to support and celebrate certifying schools.
Thanks to our funders, community partners, program steering committee, volunteers, and staff that provide the solid foundation needed to strive towards our vision of ‘every school an EcoSchool’.
This system-wide approach resulted in:
We are a vibrant community that advocates for change in the school system and beyond; we walk the talk and lead by example; we are a community addressing the pressing, intersecting issues of our time through daily actions.
Together we are building an education system that sees the environment as central to student achievement, and where students have the opportunity to be environmental leaders. This is why I’m happy to come to work each day, and why I’m excited for my child to start school next year.
I look forward to learning and growing with you in 2017 and onwards.
100 students from 19 different schools networked and were inspired by the keynote speaker, Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment andClimate Change.
12 schools from 2 school boards piloted the dashboard. Students can now monitor their school’s energy use to deepen learning and inform action.
73 EcoTeams across 32 boards took up the Challenge, with 8 prize winners! EcoActions included: wildflower fundraising for Attiwapiskat, forest maintenance, and creating apps to monitor native species.
"Ontario EcoSchools is a very motivating and inspiring program that allows us students to really be more motivated to engage other people in the environment and this work."
-Student Participant, EcoSummit 2016
"I am so proud of my students. They are only seven and eight years old and are already recognized as leaders in our school and our community.”
- Lynne Dubeau, EcoTeam lead teacher at Foyer-Jeunesse, CS public du Grand Nord de l'Ontario
700 Local Food and Water Awareness kits downloaded; 1
student-featured School Ground Greening video produced.
Ontario EcoSchools trained 622 teachers; school staff: 16 workshops delivered, 3 new northern communities reached, 3 community hubs established, 7 inspiring new webinars shared.
5 EcoSchool success stories shared; 2
school celebrations with local MPPs.
"At La Mosaique we created a rich learning environment, where students study ecosystems, connect with nature, and learn about different types of native species. All the students in the school
are members of our EcoTeam.”
-Mr. Stefan Dixon, Principle,
La Mosaique ES, CS Viamonde
"Participating in the KickStart program provided me with much needed support...I was able to offer additional professional development to both NEW and re-certifying EcoSchools. I was also able to use the funding to improve the Environmental Youth Symposium.”
- Katie Hashimoto, Grand Erie DSB
100 attendees participated in 4 networking sessions and 6 interactive workshops at our annual board conference. Topics ranged from watershed stewardship to outdoor art in all seasons.
187 teachers trained, 1,030 students supported, 170 school staff celebrated through ‘KickStart’ - a program for school boards building their capacity for environmental action.
66 board-level staff work with Ontario EcoSchools to provide local expertise, after-school sessions, and to liaise with community partners. Ontario EcoSchools in turn, supports board representatives through consistent communications, resources, and annual training opportunities.
Funders and Sponsors
Government of Ontario- Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Back to Nature Network
Centre for Social Innovation
Learning for a Sustainable Future Natural Curiosity
World Wildlife Federation
Toronto District School Board
World Wildlife Federation
Program Steering Committee
Lewis Molot, Chair, York university
Suzanne Burwell, Halton district school board
Judy Gould, Durham District School Board
Erin Keyzers, York Region District School Board
Erin Mutch, Thames Valley District School Board
Siobhan Shonk, Waterloo Region District School Board
Rachel Stewart, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Shari Typer, Halton Catholic District School Board
Jenn Vetter, Toronto District School Board
Ron Ballentine, Alumni, Ontario EcoSchools Steering Committee Member
Eleanor Dudar, Alumni, Ontario EcoSchools Steering Committee Member
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Tovah Barocas, Earth Rangers
Kelly De Fogain
Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Avon Maitland District School Board
Bluewater District School Board
Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
Catholic District School Board Of Ontario
Conseil Des Écoles Catholiques Du Centre-Est
Conseil Des Écoles Publiques De L’Est De L’Ontario
Conseil Scolaire Catholique Du Nouvel-Ontario
Conseil Scolaire De District Catholique Centre-Sud
Conseil Scolaire De District Catholique De L'Est Ontarien
Conseil Scolaire De District Catholique Des Aurores Boréales
Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence
Conseil Scolaire Public Du Grand Nord De L'Ontario
Conseil Scolaire Public Du Nord-Est De L’Ontario
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
District School Board Of Niagara
Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board
Durham Catholic District School Board
Durham District School Board
Grand Erie District School Board
Greater Essex County District School Board
Halton Catholic District School Board
Halton District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
Lakehead Public School Board
Lambton Kent District School Board
Limestone District School Board
London District Catholic District School Board
Niagara Catholic District School Board
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Peel District School Board
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board
Rainbow District School Board
Simcoe County District School Board
Simcoe Muskoka Cath District School Board
Superior Greenstone District School Board
Thames Valley District School Board
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Trillium Lakeland District School Board
Upper Canada District School Board
Upper Grand District School Board
Waterloo Region District School Board
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Wellington Catholic District School Board
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
York Catholic District School Board
York District School Board
Crystal Gascho, Daniel Keys
Roxanne Coupal, Natalie Lavigne
Lyse Anne Papineau
Corey Beliveau, Marni MacDonald
Vicky An, Rachel Stewart
Carol Stott, Scott Grieve
Al Cook, Vince Perta
Shari Typer, Paul Deoni
Lori Lynn Stapleton
Colleen Kappel, Jason Pilot
Jessica Kukac, Kayla Kalalian
Kathy Van Dewark
Jenn Vetter, Pam Miller, Erin Wood
Stefan Martens, Bruno Pileggi
Megan Haessler, Karen Acton, Ian Macpherson
John Shewchuk, Elena Kraljevska
Mike St. Pierre, Julie Di Domenico