History and Values

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 formal school system. In 2005, seven school boards, York University, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority then 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.

PrintOntario EcoSchools is an incubation project of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and which supports the administration of the program.

Our Values

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 best practices, lessons learned, and data gathered to inform environmental education and the certification process.

Builds Capacity

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