The EcoSchools Canada Gold Certification has been bestowed upon St. Louis Living Arts School.

The school earned the certification by working on a wide range of initiatives, designed to bring education and awareness to the school community.

Each grade led an assembly about a different aspect of reducing your carbon footprint.

  • Grade 1/2 explored tree watering and planting.
  • Grade 3 students led an assembly about “GOOS” paper – good on one side. They learned about best practices for reducing paper waste and put an action plan to reduce the amount of paper used in the school.
  • Grade 4 students led “the Great Gulp” or “La Grande Gorgée”, a bilingual campaign on water conservation.
  • Grade 5 students explored Energy Conservation.
  • Grade 6 students participated in Young Reporters for the Environment.

“An important aspect of the Eco-School work is not just to hold a campaign on a topic, but to measure our improvements over time," said Principal Maureen Frankcom in a prepared release.

"For example, we’ve had support from the KCDSB central staff with our energy audit, and we look forward to seeing if we can reduce consumption. We’ve also measured our paper consumption as well, and strive for an overall reduction in paper use.”

St. Louis Living Arts School hopes to maintain its Gold Certification and aims to improve to the Platinum level.

EcoSchools Canada says, "the certification represents environmental excellence for kindergarten through grade 12 schools. Participation in the program allows students, teachers, school administrators, custodians, and parents to get a clear picture of their current environmental practices and take action to reduce their environmental footprint."