Catholic schools are getting greener.
This year, 16 schools in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are applying for eco-school certifications. SMCDSB EcoSchools project lead Audrey Hamilton delivered the news to trustees at Wednesday’s board meeting.
Last year, five schools in the board were certified as EcoSchools.
"It’s great the way it’s driving and the way people are going," said Hamilton.
The Ontario EcoSchools program is an environmental education program to address how schools run and what students learn.
Its aim is to influence students to take what they learn about energy conservation and waste reduction at school and apply it at home and into their lives.
The program uses benchmarks and a scoring system to grade environmental performances. Scores are based on energy conservation, waste minimization, school ground greening and ecology literacy.