T.D.C.H has 2 environmental groups: Environmental Block, as well as an Environmental Club. Environmental Block is a two-credit, Grade 10 course that teaches students about the environment through hands-on projects and activities. Students learn how the environment is being affected by our way of living and what we can do as individuals and as a society to prevent the environment from being destroyed further. Environmental Club is a large group of teens that get together bi-weekly, attend environmental seminars, shoreline cleanups, and provide leadership to our schools Environmental programs.
Events and Projects
• In 2010, our Environmental Science students were involved with a major renovation of our school, that included the installation of 42 Solar Panels, Rooftop Rain water collection, motion sensor lights and low flow toilets
• Students participate in the Great Canadian shoreline cleanups, cleaning up garbage in and around the Humber river
• HazMat & Re-use program (i.e. milk bags, batteries, old electronics, scrap metal, one-sided paper etc.)
• Manage schools recycling system
• Worm & Compost bins
• Reuse our wood shop waste and turn it into mulch for our trees
• In the past two years, we have planted 80 small trees, 100 shrubs, 20 mature DECIDIOUS trees, and 45 small coniferous trees
• Earth hour
• 12 students participated in the CN Tower Climb for World Wildlife Fund, raising over $2000
• Built a green roof garden on our shed, each environmental science student from grade 10 and 12 made their own modular roof and planted it.
GRANTS: $1000 to build a green roof on our garden shed, $1000 to buy all new waste/recycling bins, and $1000 to purchase trees and shrubs.
AWARDS: Vaughan Schools-in- Bloom awards winners’ 2009-present, featured in a Toronto star “Trash Talk” article
- Plant even more trees and shrubs in areas other than our school property
- Reach out to other schools to raise awareness about the environment, and the importance of recycling. Host more elementary schools to visit our program
- More waste diversion (I.e. organics )