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Canada Green Building Council Announces St. Marguerite d’Youville as the Greenest School in Canada Now in its second year, this annual competition seeks to find K-12 schools across the country that truly exemplify how sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school.

to choose just one winner. The two winners were chosen because of the innovative and impressive ways they approach sustainability and engage their students and local community.

Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada entered submissions based on criteria that examined the schools’ efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

Congratulations to the first place winners: St. Marguerite d’Youville in Hamilton, Ontario and Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, Alberta. Congratulations also goes out to second place winner: Lord Shaughnessy High School Career and Technology Centre in Calgary, Alberta; and third place winner: Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School in Kitchener, Ontario. Read on for more information on our Ontario winners!

This year, the Greenest School in Canada jury was so impressed with the 2015 submissions that they were unable

St. Marguerite d’Youville in Hamilton, Ontario all images for st. margurite d’youville are courtesy of the St. Marguerite d’Youville School.

This Platinum certified Ontario EcoSchool in Hamilton, ON, is making real efforts to bring sustainability education to its young students by incorporating environmentalism into the curriculum and the school culture. All of the school’s environmental stewardship activities are student-driven and student voice is an important success criterion in the program, with energy and waste conservation as a main goal. The core of their approach to sustainability education is the breadth of activities they participate in, which include an outdoor classroom maintained by students where there is an emphasis on caring for the surrounding trees. The school reduces energy consumption through turning off un-needed lighting and electrical devices during the day, and student monitors walking around the school on the look-out for unnecessary energy use.

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FALL 2015 Toronto FOCUS

Torontofocus digital  

Toronto Focus Fall 2015 digital issue

Torontofocus digital  

Toronto Focus Fall 2015 digital issue