Above: Take Me Outside Day at Oakland-Scotland Public School.

Grand Erie Empowers Environmental Learning with EcoSchools

THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2023


ll across Grand Erie, students and staff are taking action to support a healthy planet. This year, 13 schools participated in EcoSchools, a curriculum-linked program designed to nurture environmental learning and embrace sustainability.

EcoSchools-Canada-Logo-Colour[49].gifTogether, students determined focus areas, goals and action plans to track their progress. Activities included community clean-up events, waste sorting, tree planting, diverting textile waste and more. 

“Through EcoSchools, students are given an opportunity to learn about the environment, foster student leadership and take action to become better environmental stewards,” shared Katie Hashimoto, Divisional Manager of Operations, Energy and Sustainability at Grand Erie. 

“We are proud of the hard work and accomplishments that our EcoTeams have achieved this year!”

Programs like EcoSchools foster eco-curiosity and learning in connection with the Multi-Year Plan and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a result, Grand Erie committed 2,890 hours to outdoor learning, 402 waste-free lunches, 4,268 kg of waste diverted from the landfill and 83 classrooms improved on energy efficiency.  

The EcoSchools participants are:


  • Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School received the top certification for environmental actions and community engagement. 


  • Delhi Public School
  • Cayuga Secondary School
  • Waterford District High School
  • King George School
  • Onondaga-Brant Public School

All schools built a comprehensive framework for environmental learning and action in their school. 


  • Boston Public School developed a foundation of environmental learning and action.


  • Walsh Public School identified focused on key actions to kickstart environmental learning. 


  • Hagersville Elementary School
  • Paris Central Public School
  • Rainham Central School
  • Brantford Collegiate Institute
  • River Heights School

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