Ontario EcoSchools is a program designed by school boards to help schools teach students to live in a more sustainable way and to improve the environmental performance of schools. Resource development for the program began in 2002 by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). When the TDSB decided to explore ways to share and expand the program with other Ontario school boards, the school boards approached FES Professor Lewis Molot to co-chair the Ontario EcoSchools organizing committee – and to help recruit experts in the Faculty to provide advice on climate change.
Ontario EcoSchools provides resources that meet Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines – such as curriculum guides, action plans and multimedia presentations – to support environmental education and action in schools. EcoSchools resources help students develop ecological literacy, conserve energy, minimize waste and green their school grounds. In the 2007-2008 school year, some twenty-four school boards representing 60% of the schools in Ontario are participating at some level. For details, and to access the resources, check out the Ontario EcoSchools website.
York media stories on Ontario Ecoschools:
York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies supports local EcoSchool
EcoSchools gets $500,000 boost from province
Interested in connecting with someone at FES about environmental education?
Professor Lewis Molot is engaged with Ontario EcoSchools through his research interest in the science of climate change but does not conduct research in the area of environmental education. FES professors with research interests/expertise in the area of environmental education include Leesa Fawcett and Joe Sheridan.