EcoSchools Newsletter | Volume 10 Issue 3 | November 2017

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Dec 15th: Deadline to register for EcoSchools Certification

Attention EcoTeams!
If you still haven't registered, do it NOW to be on the list for (re)certifying as an EcoSchool. It is quick and painless! All you need is a contact name, role, TDSB email address, and a password that's easy for other team members to remember.  If EcoSchools staff do not hear from your school by December 15th , you will not be eligible to have an audit and become (re)certified this school year. Please join us.
To register (from a TDSB networked computer): Click here to go to the registration screen of the online Certification program. 

If you are trying to access the online application from home, please visit our Register/Apply web page and follow the detailed instructions.
Questions? Contact Serita Lawson  or 416-396-3464
Growing New Supports for EcoSchools Teachers!
It's official! The EcoSchools Program is proud to announce its new collaboration with the Environmental & Sustainability Education Initiative at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Starting this fall, OISE will be offering a variety of professional learning opportunities for TDSB teachers to support their important work in classrooms. In 2017-18, K-12 teachers, staff and administrators can participate in 20 plus after school talks and workshops at OISE 
on a wide range of topics, from nature-based inquiry, to food literacy, and waste education (registration for these is on Key 
to Learn.)
Teachers can also attend the free EcoSchools conference with colleagues, involving keynote talks, experiential workshops, and an EcoFair; this year it takes place on Jan. 27, 2018. The collaboration will also support Action Research projects in TDSB classrooms, aiming to cultivate promising practices in EE across the board.  

Watch the EcoSchools newsletter for upcoming events as this new collaboration takes root, and help it to grow! 
January 27th, 2018: Health, Wellness and Sustainability: Environmental Education in Action Conference
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual EcoSchools Conference!

This one day conference has been created with TDSB EcoSchools'  teache rs in mind! It provides professional learning in Environmental Education to support the important work of the EcoSchools Program. A keynote talk, twenty interactive workshops and an EcoFair will provide ideas, strategies, and resources for connecting health and wellness to Environmental Education in  K-12 classrooms.

Registration is FREE for TDSB employees, and lunch is included. 
Stay tuned for registration details in early December.

When: Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West

Additional questions? Contact Alysse Kennedy, Conference Coordinator at

December 5th at 6 pm: TDSB Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) meeting

T he TDSB'S Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) was formed  by the TDSB in 2010 as part of the Go Green Climate Change Action Plan. The Committee was created to help inform the TDSB's environmental policies and programming. Since forming in 2010, impacts of the ESAC have included:

  • Successfully advocating for the TDSB to adopt a strategic direction focused on the environment
  • Providing direction on the TDSB Charter for Active, Safe, and Sustainable Transportation
  • Advising on programming regarding professional development for ecological literacy
For meeting details and locations please visit the TDSB's Environmental Advisory Committee webpage.
If you are interested in attending a future ESAC meeting, or would like to be added to the ESAC mailing list, please contact Kristen Evers at
Toner Bottle and Ink Cartridge Recycling Tools
EcoSchools Section 3: Question 3.8

Schools and centres can recycle empty toner and ink cartridges to minimize their waste following these three different process:

Ricoh Canada collects and recycles the toner bottles used in their photocopiers as part of its contract with the TDSB. To support this process, Ricoh Canada provides TDSB schools and centres with toner boxes for collection of the empty toner bottles. Review the Photocopier Toner Bottle Recycling tool for detailed instructions on how to properly recycle Ricoh toner bottles.

RISO ink cartridges are now being picked up by the technicians. To make arrangements for the pick-up of the empty RISO cartridges review the Duplicator Ink Recycling Cartridge tool and contact Debbie at Bryte Com at  905-726-1557.

PRINTERSPLUS collects, refurbishes and recycles empty inkjet and laser toner cartridges, see the Empty Toner and Ink Cartridge Recycling tool for detailed instructions.

Questions: Contact Serita Lawson
OISE / UofT Environmental and Sustainability Education Speaker Series
EcoSchools Sections 5: Questions 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, and 5.7 and Section 6: Question 6.5

TDSB educators are invited to participate in OISE / UofT Environmental and Sustainability Education's Speaker Series. Be inspired by a wide range of topics and expertise broadening your knowledge of environmental and ecological literacy. Participating TDSB educators and OISE teacher candidates will have opportunities to deepen their EcoSchools network as well as meet and learn beside other passionate practitioners. 

Most events are free, however, TDSB staff please register on Key to Learn for each session.

Contact: Pam Miller at for more information.

Connecting the Dots to Inquiry: Practices and Strategies for Citizenship & Sustainability
Facilitated by: Susan Elliot, Learning for a Sustainable Future
Date: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West
Cost: $150.00 non-refundable once you book (includes copies of Natural Curiosity & Connecting the Dots)
Registration: Register online at
Description:   Many educators find themselves in a difficult place: working in a traditional paradigm based on a subject-based, command and control approach to learning, but wanting to move toward a transformative understanding of learning. Being able to grasp, articulate, and professionally maneuver within this duality is essential to making a positive contribution to learning that supports citizenship and sustainability. In this daylong session we use inquiry to explore the traditional/transformative learning challenge, examine inquiry key strategies, and investigate their application across all grades.

Winter 2018 Events

Natural Curiosity: ESE in the Elementary Years
Presenter: Haley Higdon, Natural Curiosity
Date: Tuesday, January 9th
Time: 4.30 - 5:30 pm
Location: OISE Room 2-198, 252 Bloor St. W.
Embodied Thinking & Feeling Approaches to Environmental Education
Presenter: Christine Jackson, OISE Instructor/Retired TDSB Program Coordinator of The Arts
Date: Monday, January 15th
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Location: OISE Room 5-150, 252 Bloor St. W.

Growing Approaches to Environmental Art
Presenter: Hilary Inwood
Date: Tuesday, January 23rd
Time: 4.30 - 5:30 pm 
Location: OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. W.
3-Part Virtual School Garden Workshop
EcoSchools Section 6: Question 6.5

Interested in learning more about growing food with your students?

In this upcoming online workshop you will learn about: 
  • what elements to consider when designing a new school garden or fine-tuning an existing school garden, indoors and outdoors 
  • how to run an in-school food growing program connected to the curriculum, what to plant (and what to avoid) and when to plant in schools
  • how to plan for a successful school garden that is easily sustained year after year
Contact Leila Mireskandari for information about online training for educators or in-person training for teachers at 416-494-5059 or

**Schools are reminded that before planting a garden on their grounds Board approval is required. Request a Design Consultation visit with our School Ground Design Consultants who will help you make the most of your project and provide expertise. Spaces are limited and are booked on a first come first served. 
Questions? Contact

You can also sign up to receive the Kids' Growing City's report on why school gardens haven't worked and how you can do it right!