Environmental Sustainability Action Plan
“Schools have a vital role to play in preparing our
young people to take their place as informed, engaged, and empowered citizens who will be pivotal in shaping the future of our province, our country and our global environment.”
Ontario Ministry of Education, Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future (2007), p. 1
The UGDSB Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (2014-2019) will ensure students are prepared to take their place as informed, engaged, and empowered citizens who will be pivotal in shaping the future of our province, our country and our global environment.
The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan has four pillars:
- Learning and Teaching – Expand students’ knowledge, skills, and practices and enhance critical thinking skills in order to be environmentally responsible citizens.
- Staff and Student Engagement – Participate actively in practising and promoting environmental stewardship.
- Environmental Leadership – Environmental Education is integrated into school board policies, procedures, and strategic plans.
- Community Connections and Partnerships – Extend engagement in environmental education to the broader community.
View the UGDSB Environmental Sustainability Action Plan graphic (PDF)
Drinking Water Systems
There are 14 schools in our district that get their drinking water from wells. All of our other schools are on municipal water systems. In accordance with Ontario's Drinking Water Systems Regulation (Ontario Regulation 170/03), Upper Grand's annual reports on drink water systems are available online.
Green Energy Act Report
Under the Ministry of Energy’s Green Energy Act (GEA), Ontario Regulation 397-11, broader public sector organizations, such as school boards, are required to report annually on the energy consumption of their sites through an annual GEA report.
Water Testing for Lead
As required by Ontario Regulation 243/07, Schools, Private Schools and Day Nurseries are required to carry out annual sampling and testing for lead. Records of flushing and testing for the previous six years are available online.
For information about environmental education in schools, visit the Environmental initiatives page in the Program section of this website.