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Environmental Conference

St. John Paul II is offering its third Environmental Conference on May 15, 2015 titled: Our World, Our Responsibility: Food for Thought, Fuel for Action. This will take place at the University of Toronto, and it will be open to all students in the TCDSB and other boards in the GTA as well as parents and the general public. The keynote address will be in a debate format and the question being addressed is “Will GMOs be a Societal Blessing or Environmental Curse?” It is hoped that such an approach will educate the participants about this important subject and lead to some action.
 
For more details, or registration information, see the poster: 2015 Environmental Conf Poster.pdf
 

 

Water Bottle Filling Station for CEC/Carter

In order to help protect our environment and to reflect our Catholic social teaching, the TCDSB has installed a water bottle filling station on the 1st floor of the Catholic Education Centre. This effort will support our initiatives to reduce waste and maintain drinking water as a God-given, vital resource for the common good.
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Photo: Taelor Lewis-Joseph, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts
 

Writing Instrument Brigade with TerraCycle and Newell Rubbermaid

Pilot project at Catholic Education Centre
Recycling Pens and Donating Funds to Angel Foundation for Learning
 
Staff are encouraged to help reduce the amount of garbage going into landfill. Initiative will help reduce the resources required to make new products. And the added perk will be a donation of 2 cents per acceptable item that is recycled. The donation will go to The Angel Foundation for Learning, which supports nutrition programs and other important initiatives for students in TCDSB schools.
 
Any brand and any size pen, mechanical pencil, markers and highlighters such as Paper Mate, Sharpie, Sharpie Accent, uni-ball and Expo can be recycled.
No wooden pencils please.
 
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There are two boxes located in the building. One on the first floor near the Credit Union office. The second box is on the fourth floor near the Cafeteria by the west entrance.
Once the boxes are full we will have the pens picked up and delivered to the Terracycle Canada office. The pens are then counted and added to our account. A donation will be made to The Angel Foundation twice a year, in June and or December.
The Environment committee in partnership with the Materials Management Department and the Renewal Department.
 
 
 
News and Publications:
 
 
Elementary
 
The 30 grand prize winners of the Waste Free Lunch challenge were announced on January 18, 2012
Congratulations to the parents, students and staff at St. Martha and Christ the King Catholic Schools. Over 200,000 students from 62 district school boards across Ontario participated in the 2011 Waste-Free Lunch Challenge. Approximately 800 schools participated in the challenge—25 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill.

A complete listing of winning schools can be found at: http://www.wastefreelunch.com/winners-2011.


Overall results overall participation in the challenge:
Number of Registrations: 38
Number of Schools: 29
Number of Students: 3,602
 
St. Benedict's
The dedicated staff and students at St. Benedict’s Catholic School on Kipling Ave. have made their school one of the greenest in the entire TCDSB. Teachers Annamaria Fortini-Morano, Susie Oppedisano and Principal Derek Quinn, along with their keen students, have created a exemplary recycling system at St. Benedicts. Grade Five Students, donning bright orange ‘Energy Saver’ vests,  make sure that recycling is collected and taken to the curb, with the help of devoted Head Caretaker Efren Fernandez. In addition, St. Benedict’s ‘Energy Saver’ routinely patrol the school ensuring that lights and computer monitors are turned off, and offering suggestions to classes on how to conserve energy.
 
Secondary
 
TCDSB Environmental Youth Symposium
 
Cardinal Carter Academy 
Cardinal Carter Academy is the first secondary school in the TCDSB to participate in the waste audit design program currently being undertaken by the Board. On January 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of 2006, Marilyn Grace and her leadership/religion class conducted a facility-wide waste audit. This pilot project was done entirely by the students under the direction of Ms. Grace and Sean Hurley, Officer – Recycling and Waste Management. The students will now make suggestions for waste reduction initiatives at the school, and ensure their ideas are implemented.
  
 School ground School garden

Student cleaning up Student cleaning up

Students with their picked up garbage bags Students cleaning up the garbage