Rainbow Schools remain focused on environmental education and climate action, not only during Waste Reduction Week last week but throughout the school year.
Education director Bruce Bourget says in 2020-2021, ten schools certified with EcoSchools – two Platinum, four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze – while seven were given Participant status at the Green level.
He says from community clean-ups and waste audits, to planting pollinator gardens and recycling electronic waste, staff and students found various ways to come together for the health and well-being of the planet, all while staying safely apart because of the pandemic.
Bourget adds he is proud of the student for rising to the challenge during a school year that was like no other and looks forward to continuing initiatives at area schools.
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The following schools certified with EcoSchools in 2020-2021: A.B. Ellis Public School; Adamsdale Public School; Chelmsford Valley District Composite School; Central Manitoulin Public School; Manitoulin Secondary School; Lockerby Composite School; Queen Elizabeth II Public School; Sudbury Secondary School; Valley View Public School and Walden Public School.
The following schools certified as participants at the Green level: Assiginack Public School, Barrydowne College, Copper Cliff Public School; Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School; Markstay Public School; R.H. Murray Public School and R.L. Beattie Public School.
EcoSchools Certification recognizes achievement in six key areas: ecological literacy, energy conservation, environmental stewardship, school ground greening, teamwork and leadership, and waste minimization.