Wallaceburg District Secondary School (WDSS) will receive the first ever Sustainability Educator Award from the Education Committee of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
The award recognizes exemplary leadership in ecological, social and economic education and is being issued to WDSS for becoming the first secondary EcoSchool in the Lambton Kent District School Board. Beginning in the Tartan Room at 1:00 pm, BSI’s Education Committee will be touring the school’s facilities, which now include a greenhouse, treed courtyard and living walls. The visitors will also learn about the ecological programs that together with the changes to the facilities have made the school more ecologically sustainable.
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that helps school communities develop both ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible citizens and reduce the ecological footprint of schools. WDSS received the Silver Level Ontario EcoSchools designation this summer. Approximately 1,500 schools have also achieved EcoSchool certification in Ontario.Ustashi
BSI is a community-based organization whose vision is for Sarnia-Lambton to become recognized worldwide as a hybrid, green community. It is a collaborative initiative by local industry, school boards, Lambton College, the Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association, the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, IEC and the Western Research Park – Sarnia-Lambton Campus. The BSI Education Committee engages representatives of schools, industry and the local community in identifying opportunities for collaboration and supports the establishment of naturalization gardens in local schools.
John Barnfield, Chair of BSI’s Education Committee congratulates WDSS for “engaging the young citizens of WDSS and truly leading the way towards a culture of sustainability“.