Our mission is to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities. To do this we: * Certify K-12 schools in environmental learning and action. * Create a vibrant network of schools, school boards and community partners. * Build strong EcoTeams with training sessions and tools. * Embed ecological literacy into the curriculum and daily practices. Every School an EcoSchool! Our vision: 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.
In 2002, the EcoSchools program was developed by the Toronto District School Board. Following its creation, a group of education stakeholders came together to address environmental issues in the school system. In 2005, seven school boards, York University, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority then adapted the EcoSchools program and expanded it across the province to become Ontario EcoSchools. Now, years later, we are the only voluntary certification program in Ontario that recognizes and celebrates schools for their environmental learning and action.
Certify: Are you a teacher, a parent, a principal, or a community member who cares about student leadership? All public schools can apply for free certification, and you can find out about the certification process at www.ontarioecoschools.org. Get Involved: We often look for skilled volunteers to help with annual events or program administration. This could include photographers, social media pros, data crunchers, research nerds, and event support. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Stay in Touch: Sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter to get all the latest stories and updates from Ontario EcoSchools. Spread the Word: Follow us Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @ON_EcoSchools and share widely – everyone needs good news environmental stories once in a while!