UGDSB announces winner of environmental slogan contest
November 13, 2014
GUELPH, Ontario – “Live Green. Learn Green. Go Green.” is the Upper Grand District School Board’s new environmental slogan.
To launch its new, board-wide focus on environmental stewardship, the UGDSB held a slogan contest for all students. The winning entry, selected as the favourite of the board’s environment committee, was written by Centre Wellington DHS grade 9 student Hannah L.
Hannah learned that her “Live Green. Learn Green. Go Green.” slogan was the board’s choice during a surprise presentation at CWDHS on November 12. All schools were invited to submit their top two entries.
As a prize, Centre Wellington DHS will receive funding to undertake an environmental initiative of their choice. Litzen received a gift certificate from Janus Books in Guelph, a quality used book store, in keeping with the theme of reuse, recycle and repurpose.
The contest was launched by the board’s Environmental Education and Management Committee to raise awareness that the UGDSB is committed to being a community leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Members of the committee include students, board staff, teachers, principals, superintendents and trustees.
The board has a new Environmental Sustainability Action Plan that has four pillars:
- incorporating environmental issues into class curriculum
- increasing staff and student engagement in school-wide environmental initiatives
- promoting increased collaboration with community partners
- supporting leadership activities in the form of policies and procedures
Upper Grand is already well-known for a number of unique initiatives, such as full-semester environmental programs that are offered to high school students (CELP, da Vinci and Headwaters). The board has built eco-portable classrooms at five schools, some constructed with straw bale insulation, to showcase environmentally friendly building practices. As well, more than 35 schools have rooftop solar arrays, with real-time data displayed on video monitors in school foyers so students can study the effect of sunny or cloudy days on energy conservation.
For more information about environmental initiatives at Upper Grand, visit www.ugdsb.ca/environment.
For more information:
Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer
Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer – Communications