The York Catholic District School Board congratulates its 50 schools that received EcoSchool Certification for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board would especially like to recognize St. Bernadette CES in Sutton and St. Paul CES in Newmarket, which were both new to the EcoSchool program this year and achieved a silver recognition!
EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program, for Grades K-12, that help school communities develop ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible citizens and reduce the environmental footprint of schools. Schools must meet certain environmental and social criteria in order to become EcoSchool certified and can additionally be recognized as bronze, silver, gold or platinum depending on the intensity of their eco-practices and initiatives. Schools interested in registering as an EcoSchool for the 2018-19 school year should visit the Ontario EcoSchools website.
This year, one school achieved bronze certification, ten schools achieved silver certification, and 27 schools achieved gold certification. YCDSB is also pleased to announce that 12 schools achieved platinum certification; a record for our Board!
Platinum certifications were first introduced in the 2013-14 school year and require that a school be certified for at least five years with no more than a one year gap, be certified at the gold level for at least three of those previous five years; and be certified gold in the year prior to the Platinum application.
The 2017-18 Platinum Eco Schools are:
- Father Frederick McGinn CES in Richmond Hill
- Holy Spirit CES in Aurora
- Our Lady of Hope CES in Richmond Hill
- Our Lady of the Annunciation CES in Richmond Hill
- Prince of Peace CES in Georgina
- St. Brendan CES in Whitchurch-Stouffville
- St. Brigid CES in Whitchurch-Stouffville
- St. Emily CES in Vaughan
- St. Justin Martyr CES in Markham
- St. Mark CES in Whitchurch-Stouffville
- St. Mary of the Angels CES in Vaughan
- St. Robert CHS in Markham