For information about online certification applications, please contact your EcoSchools school board representative.
Elanor Waslander, Program Director
ewaslander (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Elanor regarding board level presentations and partnership/funding opportunities.
Elanor Waslander has been working in Environmental and Sustainability Education for the past 10 years. She has a keen interest in student engagement, ecological literacy, and outdoor experiential education. While working with Ontario EcoSchools, Elanor has fostered partnerships with numerous school boards, all levels of government, and environmental not-for-profit organizations to enhance equal access to environmental learning and action in schools across Ontario.
Elanor’s education has supported her passion as an environmental educator with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies including a diploma in Environmental and Sustainability Education, and a Bachelor’s of Education in Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education. She has worked with Ontario EcoSchools since the Fall of 2008.
Elanor’s favorite EcoSchools best practice is enhancing Earth Hour by creating a fake campfire in your classroom or gymnasium with a fan, crèche paper and flashlights and telling campfire stories in the dark.
Karli McCawley, Program Manager
kmccawley (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Karli regarding certification questions, workshops/events registration, and general inquiries.
Karli supports board representatives and teachers who are actively pursuing certification, as well as organizes workshops, creates curriculum documents/guides and works with EcoSchools Assessors.
Karli has experience within school boards as a previous environmental manager and holds degrees in International Development & Environmental Science and a graduate diploma in Science Communication and a Bachelor of Education (I/S – Science & Geography).
Her favorite best practice is recycling signs made up of real items such as coffee cups and plastic spoons that are taped up and put over the bin they are meant to go in. A great way for students of all reading levels to understand what goes where!
Stephanie van den Berg, French-language Program Coordinator
svandenberg (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Stephanie regarding the French language program, ÉcoÉcoles.
Stephanie acts as an advocate and support for Ontario French-language schools and boards participating in the program. Prior to joining the Ontario EcoSchools team, Stephanie completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Education (I/S Biology & History). Additionally, Stephanie worked for several years as a laboratory analyst in environmental laboratories.
Stephanie’s favourite EcoSchools best practice is Sweater Day, where schools lower the thermostat by several degrees and encourage students and staff to wear their most colourful sweaters. Not only does Sweater Day open the door for important conversations about energy conservation, but it also allows for students and staff to experience and explore how small actions can lead to big changes.