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​School Ground Greening


The above Design Guide, Planning and Designing Green School Grounds​, was commissioned by the TCDSB in the fall of 2008. Evergreen, a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable by deepening the connection between people and nature, was asked to prepare guidelines and standards to aid the designing of greening projects on TCDSB schools.

The scope of work that is undertaken on school grounds is larger than these guidelines attempt to cover. This represents one step towards an expanding vision of the potential role that school grounds can play in improving the lives of students, teachers, staff, administration and each school community. in an age of climate change and with the current generation of children spending dramatically increasing​ amounts of time indoors and inactive, the efforts to improve and green our school grounds is timely and important. It deserves attention, priority and our best efforts. ​​

A Policy Framework for Environmental Education in Ontario Schools

The policy framework provides guidance to school boards and schools on how they can develop or revise an environmental education policy, teach environmental literacy and enhance the development of more environmentally responsible practices.

The framework will support students in acquiring knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices to become active, engaged and responsible citizens

Greening Grants


 Grants for U

Funding Resources are located at the Grants 4 U Page

Click on the Grants 4 U Mascot to visit their page.


Evergreen Information and Resources




Below you can download Posters on the benefits
of school ground greening.


poster Improve Academic Outcomes

  Improve Academic Outcomes  



poster Encourage Beneficial Play

    Encourage Beneficial Play



poster Mental Health Benefits

     Mental Health Benefits

poster -Increase Physical Activity

     Increase Physical Activity