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funding for curriculum-linked teaching and learning about climate change 0 Catherine Mahler Hello, Just a reminder that CODE funding is available to boards for curriculum-linked teaching and learning about climate change.  A memo from CODE was sent to Directors of Education on August 28, 2017.  Project Outlines are due October 20, 2017.  Please contact your Director’s office for more information about the available funding. Happy Thanksgiving! Catherine Mahler Education Officer, Environmental Education Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum, Assessment, and Student Success Policy Branch 416-325-2523 catherine.mahler@ontario.ca Bonjour, Voici un rappel que des fonds gérés par CODE sont disponibles aux conseils scolaires à l’appui de l’enseignement et l’apprentissage en lien avec les changements climatiques et à l’appui du curriculum.  Une note de service de la part de CODE a été envoyée aux Directrices et Directeurs de l’éducation le 28 août 2017.  Les descriptions de projet doivent être soumises au plus tard le 20 octobre 2017.  Veuillez communiquer avec le bureau de votre Directrices et Directeurs de l’éducation afin d’obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires à propos de ces fonds disponibles. Bonne Action de grâce, Paul Overy Conseiller principal, politiques et programmes Unité des politiques relatives au curriculum Direction de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage en langue française Division de la réussite, de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage en langue française Ministère de l’Éducation & ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la formation professionnelle 900, rue Bay, édifice Mowat, 8e étage, Toronto ON M7A 1L2 Téléphone: 416-325-4023 Courriel: paul.overy@ontario.ca Courriel: paul.overy@teltgafe.com
by Catherine Mahler
October 6, 2017
Electric School Bus Pilot 0 Catherine Mahler Hello everyone, Hope you're having a good summer.  Here's a news release that may be of interest. With thanks, Catherine Mahler Education Officer, Environmental Education Ontario Ministry of Education     Ontario Fighting Climate Change with New Electric School Buses August 18, 2017 New Buses Will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Diesel Pollution As part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario is investing in a new Electric School Bus Pilot Program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while giving students a safe, clean transit option to and from school. School bus operators providing student transportation services in Ontario may apply for funding to purchase an electric school bus and associated charging infrastructure. Applicants will be chosen based on their experience in student transportation, ability to successfully deliver a pilot project, as well as their location in Ontario, type of route serviced, and the size of their school bus fleet. This initiative is funded by proceeds from Ontario's carbon market, which are invested into programs that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs, including home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure. Fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUICK FACTS Ontario is investing $8 million this year for the Electric School Bus Pilot Program. The pilot program will run from Dec. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 13, 2017. Data collected on the performance of the electric school buses will be used to develop a business case for their adoption by school bus operators, and also a examine their potential within student transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The use of electric school buses is growing in jurisdictions, including California and Quebec, with approximately 100 electric school buses currently in use in North America. Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement, and chemicals combined.
by Catherine Mahler
August 18, 2017
Ontario's Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy 0 Catherine Mahler Hi everyone, FYI: Ontario Taking Next Step to Go Waste-Free March 1, 2017 Province Increasing Recycling, Creating Jobs and Fighting Climate Change Ontario is working to create a zero-waste future with the launch of a strategy that will divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and help fight climate change. Today,Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray announced Ontario's Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. This new strategy outlines the province's plan to fight climate change by reducing landfilled materials that could otherwise be reused, recycled, composted and reintegrated into the economy. The strategy includes 15 concrete actions to build up the province's circular economy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, such as: Requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging, including small appliances, electrical tools, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mattresses, carpets, clothing and furniture Implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill Requiring industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills Banning certain materials, such as food waste, beverage containers, corrugated cardboard and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, from disposal and driving creative strategies to reuse and recycle these items Improving oversight and accountability in the waste management sector, including by requiring producers to register and report on their waste management activities Reducing waste and building a circular economy is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Catherine Mahler Education Officer, Environmental Education catherine.mahler@ontario.ca
by Catherine Mahler
March 1, 2017