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ON High School Named Earth’s ‘Greenest’

Monday, May 4, 2015

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WASHINGTON, DC—A high school in Ontario has been deemed the “Greenest School on Earth,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

Built in the 1960s, Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, was recognized for its “zero environmental impact,” according to the Global Coalition for Green Schools, an initiative of the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools.

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The Dunbarton High School was recognized for its "zero environmental impact," according to an award announcement.

The school was selected from 40 entries from 20 countries.

The “Greenest School on Earth” annual competition honors a K-12 school that exemplifies “how sustainability can be integrally woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school.”

Past winners include Uaso Nyiro Primary in Kenya and the Sang Yin Secondary School in Hong Kong.

The designation includes a $1,000 award to be used by the selected school for a sustainability initiative.

Retrofit, Student Engagement

Dunbarton High School has undergone a significant retrofit within the past five years. New energy-efficient windows, insulation and lower wattage lighting were incorporated.

Students

Students are involved in a variety of environmental projects, such as the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, according to the USGBC's Center for Green Schools.

Further, the school also features an outdoor classroom, a 500 square meter pollinator garden and a rooftop solar water heater, according to the award announcement.

From composting initiatives to bee condominiums, Dunbarton High School is an “excellent example of a school that engages its students at every turn, placing them in the driver’s seat and empowering them to improve their environment, inside and out,” according to Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools.

The students are provided stainless steel water bottles upon matriculation and are involved in a variety of environmental projects, such as the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, according to the announcement.

That program involves students raising 100 fish from eggs, habitat restoration and fish release, as well as researching the history and importance of Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon.

A ‘Great Gift’

“It is a great gift for us to be in this community and have the ability to provide students with so many fantastic opportunities related to sustainability,” said David Gordon, instructor at Dunbarton High School.

Dunbarton plans to use its award money to develop a school garden and build 10 more bee condominiums, to be shared with the local community.

In 2014, the school was also honored as the "Greenest School in Canada" by the country's Green Building Council.

Green School Efforts

Launched in 2013, the Global Coalition for Green Schools aims to shape schools and communities to fundamentally change the way students learn about the world around them.

students in nature

The Center for Green Schools and the Global Coalition for Green Schools seek to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a green school within this generation.

The Center for Green Schools was established to drive transformation of all schools into sustainable, healthy places to live, work, learn and play.

Both organizations seek to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a green school within this generation.

   

Tagged categories: Education; Environmental Protection; Good Technical Practice; Green building; Green design; North America; Schools; U.S. Green Building Council

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