Pickering offers environmental schools grant to encourage sustainability

By Glenn Hendry

Published on May 18, 2022 at 9:55 am

Pickering encourages students to think about the environment with its Environmental Schools Grant, an initiative that provides financial support to help implement activities that contribute to a healthy environment.

Here are some examples of projects that can be funded:

  • Waste reduction (elimination of single-use plastics)
  • Encourage active transportation (installation of bike racks, bike/walk events)
  • Helping birds, butterflies and other species (providing habitat)
  • Reduce energy consumption (equip classrooms with energy monitors and audit consumption)
  • Schoolyard greening (native and drought-tolerant gardens, tree planting)
  • Grow for local food (indoor food grow towers, outdoor crispers or garden beds)

“There are many inspiring ways to advance our environmental sustainability,” said Mayor Dave Ryan, adding that the City is now accepting applications from schools interested in participating in the program. “We look forward to supporting our youth as they contribute to the health of our community for residents today and generations to come. This initiative also helps foster discussion, collaboration and greater environmental awareness between children and their parents, and ultimately throughout the community.

The Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board can each apply for up to $10,000 per year for their respective schools. The Commission des écoles publiques de langue française de l’Ontario can request up to $1,000.

Schools interested in applying can contact their respective school board or city staff to learn more about application guidelines and the upcoming deadline.

Visit pickering.ca/sustainable to learn more.

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