About Us

Our Story

In 2002, the EcoSchools program was developed by the Toronto District School Board. Following its creation, a group of education stakeholders came together to address environmental issues in the school system.

In 2005, seven school boards, York University, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority adapted the EcoSchools program and expanded it across the province to become Ontario EcoSchools.

Now, nearly 15 years later, we are the only voluntary certification program in Ontario that recognizes and celebrates schools for their environmental learning and action.

Vision: Every School an EcoSchool!

From individual behaviours to collective impact, all members of school communities are empowered with the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and desire to act as environmentally responsible citizens.


Our mission is to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities. To do this we:


Student Centered

  • Support student-centered learning and action within the student’s sphere of influence.
  • Provide engaging resources to develop ecological literacy.


  • Ongoing development of new resources to improve environmental learning and school operations.
  • Annual revision of certification program based on school and user feedback.


  • Committed to transparency and integrity through a robust certification program.
  • Sharing data, best practices, and lessons learned to inform the certification process.

Builds Capacity

  • Provides resources and support to help the provincial school system implement sustainable environmental education initiatives.