Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that helps school communities develop both ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible citizens and reduce the ecological footprint of schools.
Schools may apply to be certified as an EcoSchool through an annual certification process which assesses and recognizes accomplishments awarding points in six key areas of achievement. In order to become certified, schools must consider the certification guide, which provides a quick reference tool for the five steps to certification. The guide also provides tips for successful completion of the certification process. Schools receive points for five areas of consideration which must be complete to obtain an EcoSchools certification. These five areas include: teamwork and leadership, energy conservation, waste minimization, school ground greening, curriculum connections to the environment, and environmental stewardship.
Participating in the EcoSchools program gives students the opportunity not only to contribute to bettering the environment, but also to learn about the environment through integrated curriculum and there are a variety of projects which are happening to connect environmental issues to the curriculum. Some examples of activities which contribute to EcoSchools certification include: planting trees, growing plants, creating school gardens, garbage clean-up, composting, and recycling projects.
Schools from the CDSBEO first began applying to become certified as an Ontario EcoSchool in 2009. That year, three elementary and three secondary schools became certified. Since then, applications from the Board have grown exponentially each year.
All schools from the CDSBEO were challenged to become certified as an Ontario EcoSchool.
Please see below for a complete list of CDSBEO EcoSchools for the 2016-2017 school year.
|Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, Ingleside||52 Dickinson Dr||Silver|
|Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Russell||3818 Legault Rd||Bronze|
|Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, Lanark||134 North St||Gold|
|Sacred Heart Catholic School, Cornwall||1424 Aubin Ave||Platinum|
|School of Alternative and Continuing Education – Hanley Hall, Smiths Falls||30 McGill St. N.||Bronze|
|St Andrew’s Catholic School, St. Andrews West||17283 County Road 18||Gold|
|St Anne Catholic School, Cornwall||607 Surgenor Ave||Silver|
|St Edward Catholic School, Westport||51 Bedford St||Gold|
|St Finnan’s Catholic School, Alexandria||220 Main St||Bronze|
|St Francis de Sales Catholic School, Smiths Falls||43 Russell Street East||Bronze|
|St Francis Xavier Catholic School, Brockville||74 Church St||Silver|
|St James the Greater Catholic School, Smiths Falls||5 Catherine St||Gold|
|St John Bosco Catholic School, Brockville||12 Durham St||Gold|
|St John Catholic High School, Perth||2066 Scotch Line Rd RR 3||Silver|
|St John Catholic Elementary School, Perth||34 Wilson Street East||Gold|
|St Joseph Catholic School, Gananoque||235 Georgiana St||Gold|
|St Joseph Catholic School, Toledo||80 County Road 1, Main St||Gold|
|St Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School, Cornwall||1500 A Cumberland St.||Gold|
|St Jude Catholic School, Vankleek Hill||5355 Highway 34||Silver|
|St Mary Catholic High School, Brockville||40 Central Ave||Gold|
|St Mary Catholic School, Carleton Place||4 Hawthorne Ave||Silver|
|St Mary Catholic School, Chesterville||37 Main St||Bronze|
|St Mary-St Cecilia Catholic School, Morrisburg||28 Shea Dr||Silver|
|St Matthew Catholic Secondary School, Cornwall||822 Marlborough Street North||Silver|
|St Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville||2755 Highway 43||Gold|
|St Patrick Catholic School, Rockland||1001 Heritage Dr||Gold|
|St Peter Catholic School, Cornwall||1811 Second Street East||Silver|
|St. Gregory Catholic School, Carleton Place||176 Townline Road West||Bronze|
|St. Luke Catholic High School, Smiths Falls||4 Ross St||Silver|
|St. Mark Catholic High School, Prescott||420 McAuley Rd 4||Bronze|
|St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, Russell||1211 South Russell Rd 2||Gold|