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Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Boasts Record Number of Certified EcoSchools

June 19, 2017, OTTAWA - Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) students are keeping up the pace and remain committed to environmental action. In 2016–17, the number of certified EcoSchools in Ontario jumped to 1,830; 36 of them are CECCE schools.

The CECCE has more certified schools than any other French-language school board in the province.

This year, seven new elementary and secondary schools earned their first EcoSchools certification: de la Découverte, Élisabeth-Bruyère, Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Kateri, Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila, Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys—Kemptville Pavilion, and Paul-Desmarais. In addition, four CECCE schools raised the bar even higher to achieve platinum certification, which is granted to schools that are deeply involved in sustainable development.

The following schools received EcoSchools certification in 2017:


  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau

  • École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

  • École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard


  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève

  • École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne

  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri

  • École élémentaire catholique Montfort

  • Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel

  • École élémentaire catholique Laurier-Carrière

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-François-d'Assise

  • École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye

  • École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes

  • Collège catholique Samuel-Genest

  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé La Source

  • École élémentaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi


  • Collège catholique Franco-Ouest

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d'Orléans

  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé Lamoureux

  • École élémentaire catholique J.-L.-Couroux

  • École Élémentaire catholique L'Envol

  • École élémentaire catholique Des Voyageurs

  • École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité

  • École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère

  • École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis

  • École élémentaire catholique De la Découverte

  • École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître


  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila

  • École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin

  • École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais

  • École secondaire catholique Garneau

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys—Kemptville Pavilion

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe said, “The board is extremely proud to be part of this expanding network and to encourage environmentally responsible practices in its schools. When I see school teams that care about protecting and preserving the environment take on inspiring projects, such as creating gardens, growing vegetables, and planting trees, I am filled with hope for the future.”

“All of the schools involved can count on a community and school staff who care about the environment and who are working together to mold engaged and ethical ecocitizens,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “I am very proud of how much progress our schools have made on this front in 2016–17, and I find it reassuring to know that the CECCE is shaping future citizens who know how important sustainable development is to creating a healthy future and who understand how their actions affect that future.”

According to EcoSchools Ontario Executive Director Elanor Waslander, “The Ontario EcoSchools program motivates and inspires school communities to take action. Our certifications provide a framework for embedding ecological literacy and action within and beyond Ontario schools. Over 1,830 schools and 56 school boards participated this year, a record number that proves this is a growing, student-led movement.”

EcoSchools Facts
  • During the 2016–17 school year, 5 CECCE schools achieved Bronze certification, 12 achieved Silver, 15 achieved Gold, and 4 achieved Platinum.
  • Ontario EcoSchools is a JK–12 environmental education and certification program that nurtures environmental leaders, reduces the ecological impact of schools, and builds environmentally responsible school communities. The Ontario EcoSchools program is free of charge for publicly funded schools.
  • As recent study found that Platinum EcoSchool students produce, on average, 57% less combined landfill waste than non-EcoSchool students. Read the report.
For more information

Ontario EcoSchools works with 56 school boards across the province to nurture student leadership and foster environmental learning and action in school communities. Certification is based on a provincial standard established by twelve years of benchmarking: currently, the program certifies 37% of all schools in Ontario and reaches over 850,000 students.

Visit for  more information about the program.

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