Sustainability and Energy
Energy & Sustainability Officer:
Environmental responsibility is incredibly important, and Grand Erie schools are doing their parts to improve ecological literacy and stewardship in their classrooms and communities.
Many of our schools are working to enhance their environmental responsibility through recycling programs and reducing energy consumption. Grand Erie has also been working with Ontario EcoSchools to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities.
This program is a great example of the difference students and teachers can make to improve our environment. Here are a few of the ways Grand Erie schools are working to lessen our collective carbon footprints:
Climate Change is a serious threat to our physical environment. Grand Erie District School Board plays an important role in educating staff and students understand what they can do to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We depend on energy for virtually everything in our lives, however, energy use greatly affects the environment through the release of greenhouse gases. Making small changes to reduce energy consumption in our own lives will lead to a significant difference in our overall environmental impact.
Ways you can conserve energy:
Grand Erie District School Board & Energy:
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! As a consumer society, we produce a vast amount of waste that ends up in landfills around the world. Reducing the amount of waste that we produce will greatly help in the health of our environment. When reducing and reusing aren’t possible, aim to recycle.
Ways you can reduce your waste:
Grand Erie District School Board & Waste Reduction:
Grand Erie District School Board and Water
Lead in Drinking Water
Since 2007, the Ontario government has been requiring schools to flush the plumbing in their facilities and test their drinking water annually for lead. This is in accordance with O. Reg 243.07. For additional information on the requirements, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/flushing-and-sampling-lead
Ontario Drinking Water Standard
The Ontario drinking water quality standard for lead is 10 micrograms per liter (also written as 10 µg/L or as 0.010 milligrams per litre). This is based on a national guideline from Health Canada.
If there is a lead exceedance on a water sample at a school, a report is made to Public Health and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. If the exceedance is on a standing sample, the school is immediately moved to daily water flushing of all drinking water fixtures. If the exceedance is on a flushed sample, the fixture is immediately removed from service and we begin remedial actions to address the issue. Each exceedance is unique and involves investigation, remediation and verification through two sets of resamples. Once the acceptable results are achieved, the fixture is returned to service. Fixtures are not returned to service without approval of the local Health Unit.
Grand Erie’s most recent test results will be posted soon. This is updated annually.
Handwashing Only Signs
Handwashing Only signs are posted in most classrooms and all washrooms. This is a visual indicator that these fixtures won’t be tested for lead and therefore, are not considered 'drinking water sources' for student consumption. Instead, they are to be used for hand washing and other classroom purposes only.
Water Conservation and Stewardship
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Water is essential for life. Fresh drinking water makes up less than 1 per cent of the world’s total water supply. Water is a necessity for not only humans but for all living species. A significant portion of the world’s biological diversity is dependent on inland and marine aquatic habitats. Therefore, the importance of making informed decisions, and taking action to protect and conserve our water sources is essential in the protection of our planet.
By educating present and future generations of the value of our aquatic ecosystems, we will avoid habitat destruction and the loss of biodiversity, and strive towards protecting and restoring aquatic habitats. Effective water stewardship will lead to an enhanced quality of human life.
Ways that we can be better water stewards:
Under Ontario Regulation 507/18, all Ontario public agencies, including school boards, are required to report annually their energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG).The agencies are also required to prepare and make public a five-year energy conservation and demand management plan. View Grand Erie’s 2019-20 Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission report submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Grand Erie's Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (2019) below:
For more information related to Grand Erie's environmental initiatives, contact Chris McAnally, Energy & Sustainability Officer, at: email@example.com or at 519-756-6301, ext. 281190.