COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: The environment is everyone’s responsibility

Opinion May 13, 2015 by Lucy Hunt Hamilton Mountain News

Schools recently celebrated Education Week, highlighting the theme “Exploring Paths of Joy.” The students of St. Marguerite d’Youville School have been exploring paths of joy in all they do. In fact, for the last 10 years they have continued to walk together and share their environmental story with those who will listen.

From the overwhelming response of the Hamilton community at the school’s third annual Healthy EcoFair this year, there are many who are listening. The student-driven EcoFair was a successful whole day affair working side by side with many environmental leaders in our community. Student “eco reps” from five other schools also joined in to share best practices and initiatives in the hope of making a positive difference in our city.

The St. Marguerite community has fully embraced the Ontario EcoSchool’s program for the last nine years, attaining six gold and two platinum certifications, receiving the highest recognition within all six areas of the program: whole school engagement in environmental stewardship, teamwork and leadership, energy conservation, waste management, ecological curriculum and greening.

The school is currently working towards its third platinum certification.

All of the school’s environmental stewardship activities are student-driven and student voice is an important success criteria in the program.

The school’s ecological culture is evident as soon as you enter the front doors, where there is a hallway full of Walk to School Yellow Day photos and multiple awards and congratulatory letters noting many successful environmental initiatives.

For the last three years, students and staff have let go of hundreds of butterflies in a spring celebration around their butterfly and biodiverse gardens that adorn the front and sides of the school.

Environmental stewardship and responsibility have evolved at St. Marguerite over the years and today’s students are dedicated, vocal and proactive leaders whose work is benefiting the whole community.

What started out with blue bins in every classroom 10 years ago, now has grown to include green and GOOS (Good On One Side Paper) bins.

Students continuously have taken their learning home and taught their families about being eco-friendly in all they do, especially in rethinking, reusing, reducing and recycling.

In fact, their commitment in environmental stewardship is contagious and inspires everyone to get involved.   

Taking this learning beyond the school walls is truly making students life-long learners who have the knowledge and experience in making wise and informed choices of better healthy living and environmental responsibility. These students are to be commended for their eco attitudes and the changes they have made in all of us.

Lucy Hunt is a teacher at St. Marguerite d’Youville on the central Mountain.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: The environment is everyone’s responsibility

The St. Marguerite community has fully embraced the Ontario EcoSchool’s program for the last nine years, attaining six gold and two platinum certifications

Opinion May 13, 2015 by Lucy Hunt Hamilton Mountain News

Schools recently celebrated Education Week, highlighting the theme “Exploring Paths of Joy.” The students of St. Marguerite d’Youville School have been exploring paths of joy in all they do. In fact, for the last 10 years they have continued to walk together and share their environmental story with those who will listen.

From the overwhelming response of the Hamilton community at the school’s third annual Healthy EcoFair this year, there are many who are listening. The student-driven EcoFair was a successful whole day affair working side by side with many environmental leaders in our community. Student “eco reps” from five other schools also joined in to share best practices and initiatives in the hope of making a positive difference in our city.

The St. Marguerite community has fully embraced the Ontario EcoSchool’s program for the last nine years, attaining six gold and two platinum certifications, receiving the highest recognition within all six areas of the program: whole school engagement in environmental stewardship, teamwork and leadership, energy conservation, waste management, ecological curriculum and greening.

The school is currently working towards its third platinum certification.

Students continuously have taken their learning home and taught their families about being eco-friendly in all they do, especially in rethinking, reusing, reducing and recycling.

All of the school’s environmental stewardship activities are student-driven and student voice is an important success criteria in the program.

The school’s ecological culture is evident as soon as you enter the front doors, where there is a hallway full of Walk to School Yellow Day photos and multiple awards and congratulatory letters noting many successful environmental initiatives.

For the last three years, students and staff have let go of hundreds of butterflies in a spring celebration around their butterfly and biodiverse gardens that adorn the front and sides of the school.

Environmental stewardship and responsibility have evolved at St. Marguerite over the years and today’s students are dedicated, vocal and proactive leaders whose work is benefiting the whole community.

What started out with blue bins in every classroom 10 years ago, now has grown to include green and GOOS (Good On One Side Paper) bins.

Students continuously have taken their learning home and taught their families about being eco-friendly in all they do, especially in rethinking, reusing, reducing and recycling.

In fact, their commitment in environmental stewardship is contagious and inspires everyone to get involved.   

Taking this learning beyond the school walls is truly making students life-long learners who have the knowledge and experience in making wise and informed choices of better healthy living and environmental responsibility. These students are to be commended for their eco attitudes and the changes they have made in all of us.

Lucy Hunt is a teacher at St. Marguerite d’Youville on the central Mountain.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: The environment is everyone’s responsibility

The St. Marguerite community has fully embraced the Ontario EcoSchool’s program for the last nine years, attaining six gold and two platinum certifications

Opinion May 13, 2015 by Lucy Hunt Hamilton Mountain News

Schools recently celebrated Education Week, highlighting the theme “Exploring Paths of Joy.” The students of St. Marguerite d’Youville School have been exploring paths of joy in all they do. In fact, for the last 10 years they have continued to walk together and share their environmental story with those who will listen.

From the overwhelming response of the Hamilton community at the school’s third annual Healthy EcoFair this year, there are many who are listening. The student-driven EcoFair was a successful whole day affair working side by side with many environmental leaders in our community. Student “eco reps” from five other schools also joined in to share best practices and initiatives in the hope of making a positive difference in our city.

The St. Marguerite community has fully embraced the Ontario EcoSchool’s program for the last nine years, attaining six gold and two platinum certifications, receiving the highest recognition within all six areas of the program: whole school engagement in environmental stewardship, teamwork and leadership, energy conservation, waste management, ecological curriculum and greening.

The school is currently working towards its third platinum certification.

Students continuously have taken their learning home and taught their families about being eco-friendly in all they do, especially in rethinking, reusing, reducing and recycling.

All of the school’s environmental stewardship activities are student-driven and student voice is an important success criteria in the program.

The school’s ecological culture is evident as soon as you enter the front doors, where there is a hallway full of Walk to School Yellow Day photos and multiple awards and congratulatory letters noting many successful environmental initiatives.

For the last three years, students and staff have let go of hundreds of butterflies in a spring celebration around their butterfly and biodiverse gardens that adorn the front and sides of the school.

Environmental stewardship and responsibility have evolved at St. Marguerite over the years and today’s students are dedicated, vocal and proactive leaders whose work is benefiting the whole community.

What started out with blue bins in every classroom 10 years ago, now has grown to include green and GOOS (Good On One Side Paper) bins.

Students continuously have taken their learning home and taught their families about being eco-friendly in all they do, especially in rethinking, reusing, reducing and recycling.

In fact, their commitment in environmental stewardship is contagious and inspires everyone to get involved.   

Taking this learning beyond the school walls is truly making students life-long learners who have the knowledge and experience in making wise and informed choices of better healthy living and environmental responsibility. These students are to be commended for their eco attitudes and the changes they have made in all of us.

Lucy Hunt is a teacher at St. Marguerite d’Youville on the central Mountain.