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Director of Education - The OCDSB – Going Green - January 15, 2016

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The OCDSB – Going Green
Many of us were tuned into the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which took place in Paris in last December. Like the delegates at the conference, we at the OCDSB have been doing a lot of thinking on how to preserve this beautiful planet.
In September, the OCDSB Board of Trustees launched its new 2015-2019 Strategic Plan. One of the five pillars in the plan is Sustainability. Within this pillar, one of three key strategies is to model sustainability, smart energy use and sound environmental practices for students. And we’re well on our way!
On 12 January, Committee of the Whole received a report seeking approval for a three-year Multi-Year Energy Management Plan. It was approved at the Board meeting on January 26, 2016.
Did you know that…
- the OCDSB has generated almost $1 million in solar revenue over the past five years
- our students and staff follow best practices embedded in the District’s Energy Conservation Standards for lights and equipment as well as for heating and air conditioning
- 60 OCDSB schools are part of the Green Bins in Schools program
- In 2014/2015 these schools diverted over 750,836 kgs of refuse from landfill by using blue, black, and green recycling bins.
- OCDSB schools have live monitor displays of energy use; teachers use resources provided by the District to help them embed the content into their teaching
- our custodial staff monitor energy use using utility meters at each site
- Water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout the District
- We have a total of 57 certified EcoSchools and the numbers are growing. Check out the levels they have achieved:
Bronze 20
Silver 27
Gold 10
 
 
Many of these initiatives are overseen by the OCDSB Environmental Education Steering Committee. This committee is comprised of teaching staff and facilities staff. It includes student and trustee representation. New technologies for reducing consumption are not only used for their primary purpose but also as part of our teaching and learning environment. 
There is a strong belief in our District that children are our best hope for changing attitudes, behaviours, and actions towards the environment. As a mom, I experience this in my own home; my children are very willing to point out if I put a container in the wrong bin.
We’ll continue to share information on how we’re helping with climate change. We’ll be ready for the next Climate Change Conference!
Sincerely,
Jennifer
 

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Dr. Jennifer Adams became Director of Education/Secretary of the Board for the OCDSB on July 1st 2011.

Dr. Adams has been a leader in public education throughout her distinguished 27 year career. She began her teaching career with the Lakehead District School Board, followed by promotions to curriculum coordinator, elementary principal and superintendent. In 2005, Dr. Adams joined the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as a Superintendent of Instruction and until becoming Director of Education, served as the Executive Superintendent.

Throughout her career, Dr. Adams has been passionate in her focus on student learning. She is recognized for developing strategies to improve student achievement through research, instructional practice, and strong academic leadership.

A mother of two and married to a teacher, Dr. Adams is dedicated to fostering well-being, engagement, leadership and learning, both at home and at the OCDSB.

 

 

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