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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 2014, were certified as Ontario EcoSchools:

Dunbarton High School*
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School*



Altona Forest Public School*

Elizabeth B. Phin Public School*

Glengrove Public School

Maple Ridge Public School*

Sir John A. MacDonald Public

St. Monica Catholic School
St. Wilfrid Catholic School
Valley View Public School*
Bayview Heights Public School*
Claremont Public School*
Fairport Beach Public School 
Father Fenelon Catholic School*
Frenchman's Bay Public School*
Highbush Public School*
Rosebank Road Public School**
St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School
St. Mary Catholic Secondary School*
Valley Farm Public School*
Vaughan Willard Public School
Westcreek Public School
William Dunbar Public School
Pine Ridge Secondary School
Gandatsetiagon Public School*


* These schools were recognized this year for being certified for 5 or more years.
** This school was recognized for being certified for 10 years.

Your school can 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.