“The Right Thing to Do for Our Planet”
Keeping the natural environment healthy for future generations depends on everyone’s participation. Schools and school boards have a vital role to play in achieving this goal.
Greater Essex County Environmental Stewardship Policy
The Greater Essex County District School Board recognizes the interdependence of the environment, the economy and society and the challenge of balancing all three in building a healthy and sustainable future. To achieve this goal, the Board adopts the concept of sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
The Board acknowledges its responsibility to help prepare students to meet this challenge. The Board aims to develop environmentally sound practices consistent with what students are learning in the classroom. In this way, curriculum and Board operations become part of a single organization dedicated to learning how to live in a more sustainable manner.
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.
Ontario EcoSchools' resources offer an environmental perspective to the choices we make in operating our schools and in planning classroom programs based on the Ontario curriculum. It consists of four components:
The leaf within each figure symbolizes thinking and acting with the environment in mind. It also visually connects the four areas, a reminder that – as ecology teaches us – everything is connected to everything else.