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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Board Governance and Administration

A-18 Environmental Sustainability

Date May 2022
Review May 2027

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes the interdependence of the environment, the economy and society, and the challenge of balancing all three in building a healthy, sustainable future. The DSBN believes in the concept of sustainable development as defined by the United Nations World Commission of Environment and Development and is committed to assuming a leadership role, corporately and in school communities, by modelling sound environmental education and management attitudes and practices.

The DSBN will:

  • Promote teaching and learning about environmental issues and solutions.
  • Engage students, staff, and school community to participate actively in practicing and promoting environmental stewardship both in the school and in the community.
  • Provide leadership by implementing and promoting responsible environmental practices throughout the education system so that students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members become dedicated to living more sustainably.
  • Build a culture that values the environment by promoting awareness of responsible purchasing and disposal practices to support energy use efficiencies and conservation.
  • Facilitate sound waste management procedures with a strong emphasis on reduction strategies (reduce, reuse, recycle).
  • Design safe school grounds with an ecological focus, recognizing the importance of creating and sustaining healthy, natural school grounds that support child development and learning.
  • Focus on reducing our global footprint by aggressively addressing utility waste and greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with legislative requirement O. Reg. 507/18: Broader Public Sensor: Energy Reporting and Conservation and Demand Management Plans, and as referenced in the DSBN Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans.