Energy Conservation & Environmental Stewardship

St. Benedict C.E.S. Receives Gold EcoSchools Certification in 2017-2018!

Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program (from Kindergarten to Grade 12) that encourages our school community to develop our ecological literacy and reduce our environmental footprint.

The key areas of focus are: Teamwork & Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, and Environmental Stewardship. 

Through this program, our students and staff participate in environmental education and practices, developing the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and actions needed to be environmentally responsible citizens.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ontarioecoschools.org/

Congratulations to our ECO Team & students for receiving Gold status the 3rd year in a row!

Waste-Free Wednesdays

In an effort to engage students in small environmental initiatives that can have a big impact, our school will be participating in Waste-Free Lunches.

School lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario – the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year, or an average of 8500 kilograms of waste per school per year. With your assistance, we can make a great contribution to reducing waste, every day.

Please help your child pack waste-free lunches and help us fulfill a number of goals:

  • Celebrate and learn about the importance of being stewards of the Earth by reducing waste using a “3Rs” approach to reduce, reuse, and recycle so that less waste is created from school lunches.
  • Encourage fresh and nutritious lunches (many pre-packaged lunch items contain significant amounts of sodium, preservatives, and fat).
  • Broaden the understanding of materials that we can recycle, how recycling works and promote recycling of containers such as juice boxes, milk cartons, bottles and cans.
  • Help you reduce the cost of lunches: a waste-free lunch can cost as little as $2.50 per day, whereas a regular lunch containing pre-packaged items can cost $4.50 or more per day.

Parents and guardians are invited to visit www.wastefreelunch.com to download various resources and to watch instructional videos about how to shop for and pack a waste-free lunch and for other resources.

Waste-Free Lunch Tips:

  • Get children to help pack their lunches with healthy foods.
  • Only pack as much food as your child will eat.
  • Use a reusable lunch bag/box for carrying a lunch.
  • Use a refillable bottle for drinks.
  • If you choose to use a single-serving container, please make sure it is recyclable.
  • Put sandwiches, muffins, etc. in reusable containers, instead of plastic bags. Label them with your child’s name so they have a better chance of coming home.
  • Avoid pre-packaged, single serve portions of snacks.
  • Put reusable napkins in your child’s lunch box.
  • Prepare extra food at dinner time and use the leftovers for lunches. Minimize the morning rush by packing lunches the night before and refrigerating overnight.
YES PLEASE! NO THANKS!
REUSABLE lunch container SINGLE-USE paper or plastic bags
REUSABLE food container DISPOSABLE plastic wrap, foil, wax or styrofoam
REUSABLE drink bottle or thermos SINGLE-USE, and non-recyclable containers
CLOTH NAPKIN to wash and re-use PAPER napkins
CUTLERY/SILVERWARE to wash and re-use PLASTIC forks/spoons

 

We look forward to your support and hope you will consider packing waste-free lunches on a regular basis.

Sincerely,

The Eco Ravens

Elementary PrincipalEnergy Conservation & Environmental Stewardship