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Energy Conservation

Ontario Investing in Energy Literacy to Help Fight Climate Change

Educational Program Builds Environmentally Responsible Citizens

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $1.35 million over the next three years to educate students on ways to conserve energy and help fight climate change through the EcoSchools program.

Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for students in kindergarten to grade 12. Program resources help students and schools develop ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible and reduce their environmental footprint.

Funding will support four new initiatives including:

• Providing support to schools going through the EcoSchools certification process
• Encouraging schools to attain Platinum certification, the highest level achievable in the Ontario EcoSchools program
• Conducting a pilot to test student-friendly, online energy dashboards which monitor and display school energy consumption
• Expanding public outreach efforts through increased school events and media exposure

The EcoSchools program supports Ontario’s efforts to create jobs and economic growth through the transition to a green economy, and builds on the province’s policy of putting conservation first and reducing electricity costs. Conservation offers families and businesses a way to reduce their bills, helps businesses create jobs and drive economic growth, contributes to a sustainable future and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Promoting environmental stewardship and reducing electricity costs is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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