October 2009 Members of Acadie's EcoTeam joined Frontenac's Environmental Club to do a Waste Audit. The custodians and students collected one day's worth of garbage and the students sorted it. They collected 167 kg in one day. Over half of it could have been recycled, composted, or reused. We hope to have better results in the spring. Maddie, Samantha and Amey from 8L graphed the results.
September 2009 - Module de L'Acadie has been certified as the first LDSB elementary EcoSchool. Here are Maddie and Samantha receiving the award with Madame Jarvis.
Module de l’Acadie Environmental Policy
The staff, students and families of Module de l’Acadie have made a commitment to work towards building a healthy sustainable future.
To achieve this goal, we will adopt the concept of sustainable development as defined by the United Nations World Commission on
Environment and Development which involves “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their own needs.”
The staff members of Module de l’Acadie acknowledge their shared responsibility to help students learn to become responsible and
productive citizens who respect themselves, each other and their environment. The teachers will integrate environmental themes into
curricular and extra-curricular activities that will lead to this result, and will ensure that environmental education and protection be
incorporated into the school planning process.
The staff will also work, within its control, to develop environmentally sound practices in the classrooms, school building, and yards.
The staff will provide leadership and modelling in the four components of the EcoSchool program, waste minimization, energy conservation,
the development of ecological literacy and school ground greening. They will do this by, following these steps, in order.
1. identifying priorities
2. setting achievable objectives
3. communicating these to all school community members
4. developing action plans
5. assigning responsibility for implementation
6. providing necessary resources
7. monitoring, documenting, reporting and recognizing results
8. involving the students and their families in all the above components
The students of Module de l’Acadie will do their best to implement the practices that they learn at school and to become global citizens
by encouraging parents and other community members to work towards a healthy sustainable future. Students of the Environmental Club
will provide leadership and encouragement to their peers.
The School Council of Module de l’Acadie students will encourage waste minimization and energy conservation at all of its meetings and
activities. Members will communicate information electronically to parents on the school website.
This is the June 2009 edition of the EcoSchools Newsletter. Please read our exciting news.
EcoSchools: Learning and Actions that Make a Difference
June 2009 Volume 12
In This Issue
• Tree Planting Project
• Let’s Not Waste…
• SHS Student…
• Did You Know…
Frequently asked questions…
Q. What is air pollution, and where does it come from?
A. Air pollution comes from the emissions from industry, transportation, electricity generation and home heating. About half of the air pollution in Ontario comes from the U.S. due to air flows. While a lot of air pollution is invisible, some kinds can be seen by the naked eye as the smoke emitted from smoke stacks.
Q. What can I do to reduce global warming and air pollution?
A. There are two key actions to reduce the impact of global warming. The first is to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by burning less fossil fuels, such as oil and gas. The other is to find ways to capture the greenhouse gases that are already in
our atmosphere; individuals can do this by planting trees. www.ene.gov.on.ca
544-6925 ext. 320
Congratulations to our Certified EcoSchools!!
Limestone District School Board is very pleased to announce that we have four Certified EcoSchools.
• North Addington Education Centre – Gold
• Module de l’Acadie – Silver
• Napanee District Secondary School – Silver
• Sydenham H.S. – Bronze
The EcoSchools Certification Portfolios and applications were submitted to our EcoSchools Coordinator, Karl Walker, who reviewed each one for content and all required documentation. They were then sent to Ontario EcoSchools in Toronto for assessment. Each school will receive a certification plaque in late June.
If other schools would like information on how to become a Certified EcoSchool please contact Karl Walker at ext. 258.
Solar systems are continuing to be installed. Below is a picture of the solar hot water heating (vacuum tube) at Frontenac S.S.
Photo by J. Hendry
The Limestone District School Board has received fourteen reports from the energy audits performed by St. Lawrence College students. Students in the Energy Systems Engineering Technologist program have performed 21 energy audits over the last two school years. From these audits the Board will invest in energy saving projects, such as upgraded lighting systems and building automation.
Tree Planting Project
Trees were planted this year by Mr. Jeff Scott of Acorn Environmental with assistance from Facility Services and students at each of the 22 school sites. This year approximately 312 trees were planted starting on April 17 and completed on April 29th.
Let’s Not Waste Everything!
Summer is here. This is a reminder to all staff and students of the following:
• Clean out, defrost and unplug refrigerators/freezers
• Unplug vending machines
• Turn off air conditioners
• Turn off classroom computers, monitors, printers, scanners
• Unplug chargers and transformers (plug loads)
• Report drippy faucets
Clean radiators and force flow heaters
• Check timers on outside security lights
• Shut off urinal flush tanks
• Shut off hot water tanks not in use
• Lights on only in immediate work areas
• Operate HVAC equipment only in immediate work areas
SHS Student Makes News
Lauren Hammond, a grade 12 student at Sydenham High School was recognized in the May/June 2009 Ontario EcoSchools newsletter.
Lauren has found an environmentally friendly solution to writing PA announcements on paper that end up being discarded. Lauren estimates that Sydenham has reduced the amount of full sheets of paper used by 100 sheets. You can read more about Lauren by visiting the following website: www.ontarioecoschools.org
Did you know…
“Ontario has so many precious resources. We have so much to be proud of, and that also means we have so much to lose. That’s why we must all play a role in protecting our resources.”
“Everyday we all make choices that affect our environment. When we make smart choices the benefits add up – for our planet and Ontario… Your actions make a difference!”
The Acadie Environmental Club
Students learn to take care of our new pets...our vermiculture reg wriggler worms.
Currently in its second year, the Acadie Environmental Club is working hard to improve our school and our world! We are the only LDSB elementary school to be certified as an Eco School. Members are encouraging all students and community members to make a difference in creating a healthy sustainable future by minimising garbage and conserving energy.
Le rap de déchets par Madame Jarvis, illustré par 8J (2008-2009)
Rap de déchets
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap)
On en a jetté au passé, on en jette toujours
En préhistoire, depuis le début des temps
Les chasseurs d’animaux laissaient des restants
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) vieux outils de pierre
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) os d’animaux mort
Je les lance, je les laisse sur la terre
Puis je change de camp, et je chasse encore
Je suis orateur sage, un Grec éduqué
J’étais né pour parler, partager mes idées
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) remplissaient nos rues
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) remplissaient les avenues
On ramassait les tas et les transportait en pile
Hors des limites, des limites de nos villes
Moi - un paysan aux moyens ages,
Marcher dans les rues prennait du courage
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) lancés des fenêtres
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) comme c’était bête
Les rats infectaient et les gens étaient malades
La morte de la peste est inévitable…
Un explorateur en grand bateau
On voyage, on flotte sur les eaux
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) Il n’y a pas de place
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) Ce n’est pas la première classe
Alors je lance mes dechets à l’eau
Ils disparaissent, coulé au fond. Bravo~!
En 1860, ça commence à changer
Nous sommes inquiète pour notre santé
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) on le voit partout~!
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) oh comment ça pue
L’eau malsaine dans les égouts
On sent l’odeur avec dégoût
Le vingtième siècle et ça continue
Pollution, insectes et rats partout
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) Des tas de sacs verts
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) Les gas attaquent l’atmosphère
On continue à ignorer, à sous-estimer
Qu’est-ce qu’on fait…les dangers
Maintenant nous sommes dans la grande dépression
On traite les déchets avec l’incinération
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) Qui a pris cette décision?
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) Il faut prendre action
Si on continue à brûler et brûler
On juggfgvhg les gas de la fumée
Merci progres, merci technologie
Tant d’inventions qui changent ma vie
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) assiettes en plastique
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) tasses en Styrofoam
Je les utilise une fois et ils sont jettées
Imagine ça – pas besoin de les laver.
Il y a une manque d’huile, une crise d’énergie
J’ai besoin d’essence et d’électricité
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) les ressources diminuent
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) les prix farfelus
Mais encore on achète les grandes autos
Qui gaspillent l’essence et polluent trop
Déménager, Transporter, Incinérer
On a besoin d’une meilleure idée
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap) Il faut en créer moins
Déchets, gaspillage, ordures (clap, clap) Il faut en prendre soin
Réduire, réutiliser et recycler
Et avant tout repenser~!