SMCDSB EcoSchools Going Green for the Gold

SMCDSB EcoSchools Going Green for the Gold
Posted on 07/15/2019

We are thrilled to once again celebrate the schools at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board who have implemented ecological learning and action to become certified Ontario EcoSchools! 

The Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program that helps schools in Ontario develop practices that reduce their ecological footprint in their communities. Each school that applies must exhibit a variety of requirements, including teamwork and leadership, energy conservation, waste minimization, and school ground maintenance. Following the application, a school visit with an EcoSchools assessor will verify all aspects of the application.

This year, four schools in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are being recognized as certified EcoSchools. There are different levels of certification, ranging from Bronze to Platinum, depending on the amount of points a school earns in regards to their environmental contributions.

Foley Catholic School in Brechin and Canadian Martyrs Catholic School in Penetanguishene are both gold certified EcoSchools. This is Foley’s 12th year at the gold level and Canadian Martyrs’ first, after jumping from bronze just last year.

Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Bradford is a silver EcoSchool for the second consecutive year and SMCDSB’s only secondary school to certify. And in Victoria Harbour, St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School is back as a bronze certified school after a brief pause in participation.

We want to thank all of the schools who have taken the initiative to become a certified EcoSchool and look forward to seeing more schools get involved in the fall. To learn more about the program, visit Ontario EcoSchools.