EcoSchool Benefits

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EcoSchool Benefits
1 Leadership Opportunities
1.1 "Many leaders have emerged through our Eco initiatives, among both teachers and students. These people have been intrinsically motivated to realize their potential to make a difference in an area where they can be who they are and pursue their passion with creative ideas and enthusiasm. So many of our students have a renewed self-esteem and sense of self-worth because of the depth and breadth of our Eco initiatives."

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  • great quote
1.2 "Students love being responsible and this is one way we can ensure that we are shaping global citizens of tomorrow who will have sustainability in the forefront. They crave the responsibility and leadership."

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  • great quote
2 Partnerships
2.1 "Creates connections between the parts of a school system that may otherwise be isolated (e.g. primary students and intermediate students, students and cartaking staff)"
2.2 "Builds community within the school and reaches out into the school community (parents, businesses etc.)"
3 Resources
3.1 "Resources are provided which support schools in achieving goals and demonstrating evidence of impact in doing so"
3.2 "It provides many ideas and exemplars."
4 EcoSchool Programming
4.1 "As an Eco school, we have to meet a very high bar, and the self-assessment focus on the criteria in all the categories really allows for serious reflection about where we are as a school, and where we need / want to grow. I like the fact that Eco schools have to apply each year – no resting on any laurels! "

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  • -use this quote to counteract complainers - use in cert guide beside "schools have to reapply every year" - solution for the issue!
5 Goals
5.1 "Students and staff are gaining a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves and having a shared purpose that they can move towards and achieve"

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  • - possibly, end this quote at "purpose" or "achieve"
5.2 "Allows students to actively pursue goals to make a lasting change."
6 Incorporates School Grounds
6.1 "Fosters stewardship for the school grounds and love for place: Learning buddies pair up to do weekly yard clean up, classes plant and weed the garden and families volunteer to mulch and water trees."
7 Understand Environmental Issues
7.1 "Students become aware of environmental issues that may be affecting their school grounds or neighbouring green spaces."
8 Networking Opportunities
8.1 "Gives teachers an opportunity to share experiences, lessons, resources across curriculum areas."
9 Curriculum Connections
9.1 "The activities can be used to cover various aspects of the curriculum - seeing the interactions of the parts helps students understand the cause and effect relationships between humans and their impact on the environment, as well as the impact of the environment on us."
10 Learning to Make a Difference
10.1 "Students realize that what they do matters, and that they can make a positive difference for the environment – this will motivate them to continue such positive behaviours outside of the school and will hopefully influence others to do the same."

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  • - use this quote for student engagenment
10.2 "We have created a culture of sustainability in our school. Our students, staff, parents, visitors recognize the issues and needs, and all work together to ensure our practices are embedded in our school culture. Our environmental education focus is now more about who we are, and how we think, than just what we do."

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  • - this is great
11 Appreciation for Nature
11.1 "It allows the school community to see their connection to the larger city and Earth communities"
11.2 "Allowing students to connect to the environment in an easy-going, free spirited way. Students gain mindfulness and spiritual/mental health development. "
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