TCS earns EcoSchools platinum certification for third year

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, Trinity College School has been certifying with Ontario EcoSchools, a program which envisions a time when “all students and staff in Ontario schools will be engaged in environmental education and practices, developing the knowledge, skills, perspectives and actions needed to be environmentally responsible citizens.”

Each year the School is judged based on its performance in six categories: teamwork and leadership, energy, waste, school ground greening, curriculum and environmental stewardship. With the leadership of the Trinity Environmental Action Club (TEAC), the TCS Sustainability Committee and many individuals in our school community, we aim to display a comprehensive approach to environmental education.

In morning chapel service on Friday, May 24th, TEAC leaders Tristan Jin, Roselle Torres, Megan Bernier and Nicole Wang were pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, TCS has received EcoSchools’ top award, platinum. This award represents the sustained efforts of students and staff throughout the School, working to lower their footprint and have more environmental habits.

Some notable projects that were recognized in our certification included:

  • The ongoing learning and stewardship in the Junior School outdoor classroom
  • The week-long Sustainability Showcase featuring students and staff and organized by sustainability steward, Amy Topshee
  • The annual fall Big Tree Plant, which saw students from all 10 Senior School houses plant maple trees donated by Mr. Ken Jewett (parent of Graeme ’77 and James ’83, and grandparent of Carter ’14), honouring Old Boys lost in conflict
  • A showcase of 21 environmental lessons taught across all eight grades, in six subject areas.

Thank you to everyone who worked to make this certification possible. We are excited to continue working to achieve platinum status next year, and recommit ourselves to doing “more good” for the planet.

- By Alison Elliott, TCS environmental coordinator