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In June 2012, David Suzuki Secondary School received three environmental honours, demonstrating our school’s deep commitment to building a better future for our students and their community.

"Green High School" certification is a new nation-wide program. David Suzuki SS was part of a select group of schools to pilot this program. Certifying schools had to

undertake initiatives that have significant environmental benefit to the community, engage the entire school and educate students about environmental careers. Suzuki students participated in community clean-ups, removing invasive species from local parks, arranged native plant

sales and more which qualified them to earn the Green High School distinction. Our students learned about environmental careers through many guest speakers ranging from the City of Brampton’s invasive species technician to keynote addresses from David Suzuki and Jane Goodall.

In addition to certifying as a Green High School, David Suzuki Secondary School has been recognized as one of the top 3 environmental schools in Canada based on the Green School application criteria."Eco Schools Gold" certification is an Ontario program recognized throughout the Peel District School Board, requiring environmental achievement across a broad

range of categories. Achieving this status in the first year of our school’s existence is unusual and speaks to the broad interest in the program throughout David Suzuki SS. Our success in waste reduction has allowed us to reduce our scheduled garbage pick-ups and our team is consistently working to reduce energy consumption throughout our facility. Recently, we have

been able to significantly diminish that energy use.

 "Habitat 2020" certification recognizes schools that build or restore the ecosystem on school property. Working in partnership with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority’s Urban Outreach team, David Suzuki students planned our school’s landscape in a process that involved all levels of staff, students and parents. Students planted approximately 110 native trees and shrubs this year and a variety of native flowers thatthey grew from seed. These plantings have been carefully selected for the site and will go a long way to restoring the local ecosystem, especially for local song bird and butterfly populations. David Suzuki staff and students have also hosted environmental conferences and participated in a wide range of experiential learning that improves their community and planet.

Josh Crozier

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