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Sustainable Schools

Many of our local schools are dedicated to reducing their ecological footprint on the earth. Students and teachers have been working together on a number of sustainability initiatives including:

  • participating in Boomerang lunches, where students and staff bring their lunches in reusable containers and take non-compostable garbage home with them for disposal or recycling
  • participating in the Adopt-a-Park program and litter cleanup initiatives
  • planting hardy native trees to shade buildings and pathways and provide habitat and food for birds and butterflies
  • participating in environmental monitoring programs for water, groundwater, invasive species
  • monitoring electricity consumption and waste generation; analyzing the results and then implementing programs to reduce
  • encouraging walking to school
  • collecting milk bags, which are crocheted into sleeping mats for African children
  • devoting classroom time to the discussion of environmental issues
  • creating outdoor classrooms

Congratulations to the following schools in Pickering, who as of 2013, were certified as Ontario EcoSchools:


Dunbarton High School *



Claremont Public School

Elizabeth B. Phin Public School *

Glengrove Public School

Maple Ridge Public School *

Our Lady of the Bay Catholic School *

Sir John A. MacDonald Public

School *

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School *

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School

St. Mary Catholic Secondary School

St. Monica Catholic School
St. Wilfred Catholic School

Westcreek Public School

Altona Forest Public School *

Bayview Heights Public School  *

Frenchman's Bay Public School *

Highbush Public School *

Pine Ridge Secondary School

Rosebank Road Public School *

St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School

Valley Farm Public School

Valley View Public School *

Vaughan Willard Public School

William Dunbar Public School


St. Anthony Daniel Catholic School

Fairport Beach Public School *

Gandatsetiagon Public School *

Holy Redeemer Catholic School  


* These schools were recognized this year for being certified for 5 or more years.

Your school can also apply to become certified as an Ontario EcoSchool. The EcoSchool program promotes ecological literacy and environmental practices. It encourages school children to become environmentally responsible citizens and helps reduces the ecological footprint of our schools. A point system establishes Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of performance. For more information on the program see the Ontario EcoSchool Certification Guide.