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$200M from cap and trade to make schools greener

CBC News / Muriel Draaisma / 13 June 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced on Tuesday that $200 million from the province’s cap and trade program will go towards making schools in the province more energy efficient.

The amount is part of the $1.4 billion that has been earmarked in the 2017-18 fiscal year for school renewal and repairs, Wynne and Hunter said at a news conference at a northwest Toronto school.

Wynne said the money from what is known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) will enable schools to install such energy-efficient features as new windows, lights and furnaces. Funded by Ontario’s cap and trade auctions, the GGRF supports retrofit projects designed to reduce energy use in schools.

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Teaching gardening skills to schoolchildren

Transition Brockville / 17 May 2017

A local nurserywoman’s dedication to teaching schoolchildren how to make gardens and grow food and flowers will be featured at the next Transition Brockville presentation on Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

In addition, Transition Brockville will officially launch its collection of books on sustainability, now housed in the public library.

Donna White, co-owner of Green Things nursery on County Road 2, just east of Brockville, has been running her school program, Green Heart, for the past nine years, teaching children of all ages at St. Mary High School in Brockville, St. Mark elementary and South Grenville District High School in Prescott, and a Gananoque school.

Sometimes the project is a vegetable garden, a kitchen garden, or an edible flowers garden; other times kids plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Supplies from the nursery are donated by the schools, and White volunteers her time, for example, coming one week to teach seed starting, another to teach how to transplant what the kids have grown.

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Introducing the new Transition Universities Guide

Transition Network / Maria Cooper / 09 January 2017

I went to university in St Andrews, Scotland, where we had a Transition University of St Andrews. Transition started out for me as something I just did to survive – it was cheaper to grow food than buy it, cheaper to swap clothes and books than buy them, and being outside planting trees or mending bikes was a life-giving contrast from the stuffy library and theoretical learning that otherwise filled my days to the brim. Besides, many of my friends and I often felt that sort of depression so prevalent among students: what difference am I making in the world? Who cares about yet another essay, being read by one tutor and then put on the pile of student pride or shame never to be looked at again?

Transition gave us something outside this bubble we could engage in, and crucially, learn skills that made us feel like we could actually be able to lead a good life in harmony with the planet.

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Free webinars: Local food literacy in Ontario schools

Sustain Ontario / Carolyn Webb / 08 November 2016

gardensagDo you want to provide more local food education at your school? Join our FREE Local Food Literacy in Schools webinars to help your students gain a greater awareness and knowledge of local food; better understand its availability; and learn local food skills.

Packed with hands-on tips and resources from local food educators, these webinars will provide:

  • Ideas for how to get students excited about local food
  • Curriculum connections for various grade levels and subject areas (including math, science, social studies, and health & physical education)
  • Sample lesson plans and activities
  • Answers to common questions
  • Where to access more high-quality, ready to use resources

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Colleges leading the fight against climate change: Report

Colleges Ontario / 12 October 2016

moving-to-net-zeroOntario’s colleges are playing a leading role in Canada’s efforts to tackle climate change, says a new report released today.

The report, Moving to Net Zero: Colleges Leading the Way, highlights the 24 colleges’ achievements in everything from leading-edge research that promotes energy efficiency to the development of programs that prepare increasing numbers of graduates for careers in areas such as renewable energy and sustainable building construction.

“We’re at the forefront of the efforts to produce a cleaner economy,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “Our colleges will play an even greater role in the years ahead as the country works to fulfil its international commitments to reduce emissions.”

The report released today documents achievements in five areas: research, community leadership, college programs, transportation and campus upgrades. The examples in the report confirm that all 24 colleges are playing an active part in the effort to reduce the province’s carbon footprint.

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Ontario investing in energy literacy

Ministry of Energy / 19 February 2016

Ontario is investing $1.35 million over the next three years to educate students on ways to conserve energy and help fight climate change through the Ontario EcoSchools program.

Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for students in kindergarten to grade 12. Program resources help students and schools develop ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible and reduce their environmental footprint.

Funding will support four new initiatives including:

  • Providing support to schools going through the EcoSchools certification process
  • Encouraging schools to attain Platinum certification, the highest level achievable in the Ontario EcoSchools program
  • Conducting a pilot to test student-friendly, online energy dashboards which monitor and display school energy consumption
  • Expanding public outreach efforts through increased school events and media exposure

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]  [ Hat tip to SWITCH! ]

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