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Welcome to the March 2022 issue of the TDSB EcoSchools newsletter!
Inside you will find valuable information on...

Fashion Impacts Challenge: Clothes-Minded
Organize a clothes drive, make money & win a prize!
The Great Big Crunch
World Water Day
Earth Hour
Youth Climate Action Grants
Pollinator Crate Giveaway
Upcoming Webinars
Environmental Education AQ Spring Session

Stay connected with us via Twitter (@EcoSchoolsTDSB) and Instagram (@TDSBEcoSchools) to keep up to date with our upcoming webinars!
Fashion Impacts Challenge: Clothes-Minded
Climate leadership, social justice and environmental stewardship - all rolled into one school-wide digital program.
This year’s FIC: Clothes-Minded provides an opportunity for students to develop social justice and environmental stewardship through our curriculum based and experiential learning program. The challenge offers students a leadership role within their school community, while addressing issues within the fashion industry such as: diversity, sustainability, equity and more. 
In teams, students will critically analyze an issue within the fashion industry, and build a sustainable solution based on their research.  

This is a fully digital program ($200) that can be done in your own time.
It includes:
  • Industry webinars (pre recorded) on the topics of Greenwashing, Circularity and Social Justice
  • Resource toolkit and guide for teachers along with rubrics
  • Chance to pitch your team’s solution to win $1,000 prize at our Fashion Impact Youth Summit on May 27th; free attendance at the Summit even if your team is not pitching
  • Opportunity to participate in our @myclothesmyworld social/environmental focused social media campaigns on Instagram

We’d love for you to join this challenge! If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us education@fashiontakesaction.com.

This is a school-wide challenge led by teachers & student leaders for those in grades 6-12. So one fee means every classroom in your school can participate!
TDSB EcoSchools will sponsor 10 secondary schools to participate in the challenge (a $200 value). Complete this form to get entered in our draw. Deadline to enter the draw is March 4, 2022 - winners will be contacted before March 11. Any classes or teams at your school can participate.
Hold a Clothes Drive and Make Money!
TDSB vendor Recycling Rewards takes your old clothes
Host a Clothing Drive with Recycling Rewards and generate funds for your school as well as helping the environment by diverting unwanted textiles away from landfill sites. Check out the list of acceptable items.

Contact Patricia Waud at pwaud@recyclingrewards.com or 416-333-4372.
BONUS!
Enter the TDSB EcoSchools Clothing Drive Draw and win one of 10 Fashion Takes Action Workshops for your elementary school ($100 value).
The Great Big Crunch - March 10, 1pm
Crunch to celebrate healthy school food
The virtual, Canada-wide Great Big Crunch is back this year on March 10 (International School Meals Day) at 1 pm EST. The theme of this year’s GBC will be that of a tree, to signify unity & resilience. We are pleased to share the 2022 toolkit, with many ideas for how to organize a GBC at your school, workplace or home and invitation to our virtual event.

World Water Day - March 22
GROUNDWATER - MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.


Earth Hour - March 25 & 26
Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world show their support for our planet, raising awareness of nature loss and climate change - the two biggest threats facing our one home.

But Earth Hour is more than just an Hour for the planet - it's a movement for our future.

And it's more than just a symbol of support - it's a catalyst for urgent change amidst one of our most crucial years yet.

Schools can participate on the 25th at 2pm.

Youth Climate Action Grants
The City of Toronto's Youth Climate Action Grants provide funding support for students who want to take an active role in advocating for climate action in their schools and communities.

Use the new TDSB Youth Climate Action Guide to get ideas and plan your action!

Highlights:

  • Up to $1,000 is available per project 
  • $50,000 in grant funding available in 2022
  • Available to TDSB student-led groups
  • Student-led groups are made up of 2 or more students (Kindergarten through Grade 12) 
  • Projects must also have a TDSB staff member who will serve as your supervisor

The application will be posted by the City very shortly; see our website for details.

Pollinator Crate Giveaway
Pollinate Crate aims to address the lack of pollinator-friendly vegetation in Toronto’s urban environment by creating customizable pollinator milk crate gardens at schools, libraries and community centres around the city.

Each pollinator kit will be highly customizable based on each school setting. However, all kits will include up-cycled milk crates lined with burlap sacks and filled with native pollinator plants and soil. The standard kit includes 12 milk crates. Education and art components are optional (please see below for more details).

All material will be provided free of charge. The Pollinate Crate team will deliver these kits to schools in Spring 2022. School EcoTeams will be responsible for maintaining the gardens post-implementation. The Pollinate Create team will check in with schools throughout the school year to monitor progress and help support students and staff.


Upcoming Webinars
Environmental Racism
Part 1: Tuesday March 1, 2022 4-5pm
Part 2: Monday April 4, 2022 4-5pm

What is environmental racism? Who does it affect? Why is it important to our teaching in the TDSB? Join Outdoor Learning Coordinator Sylvia Denton Carryl, TDSB teacher Aleeya Ali and Outdoor Educator Stefanie Hall in conversation to learn about and discover how to engage students in advocating for environmental equity. Teachers will have the opportunity to use ArcGIS to explore the impact of environmental racism on their local community. This webinar has two parts which build on the learning from one to another; it is recommended that participants register for both if possible.

Environmental Education AQ's
Want to take climate action with your students? Looking to connect with other educators dedicated to environmental learning?

Join our Additional Qualification course in Environmental Education at OISE! 

Part 1 provides an engaging introduction to teaching and ‘learning in, about, and for the environment’ for elementary and secondary teachers through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, workshops, guest speakers, and nature-based learning. 

Part 2 takes your learning of environmental education to the next level. You will be collaborating with other elementary and secondary teachers to explore the connections between systems-thinking, eco-justice, and eco-identity in relation to environmental education, sustainability and ecoliteracy.  

Each course features 12 modules of collaborative and independent professional learning, access to a rich set of resources, and many opportunities for collaborative learning and networking.
The best part? The TDSB's Sustainability Office subsidizes the cost of these courses for its teachers and ECEs ($400 in savings!) 

Spring Session 2022
April to June: EE Part 1 & 2, Online

Summer Session 2022
July: EE Part 1 & 2, Delivery TBD


Reserve a subsidy by emailing EcoSchools’ Pam Miller

Visit OISE’s AQ website to register now!
Additional Dates in March
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