Register your school online: at certapp.ontarioecoschools.org (Registration opens each September and school must register each year.) Read about certification criteria within the online application, in our Certification Guide, and find more resources on the righthand navigation bar in this section.
Ask for support: Contact parent's council, colleagues, community organizations, your EcoSchools board representative.
Develop a communication strategy: announcements, newsletters, bulletin boards, posters, etc.
Become familiar with the certification application and criteria (if interested in certification) in 6 sections: Teamwork & Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, Environmental Stewardship), 50 questions, minimum points for assessment (50 points) and target areas for your school for this year.
Communicate feedback. Tell the school how they are doing and share strategies for improvement.
Complete Follow-up EcoReviews: Energy Conservation and Waste Minimization.
Complete and finalize certification application — final deadline is April 30.
Submit application: on the Application Summary page.
Save a copy of the Application Summary page for your records.
Organize assembled Portfolio requirements (collect throughout the year) or upload documents if part of the Paperless Portfolio.
Your board representative will advise you of the time/date of your school's site visit (May or June) if applicable: see our Site Visit Information page.
Final Deadline: April 30 for submitting completed application.
Site visits: for new schools and returning schools on alternating years.
Final standings: are communicated by EcoSchools board reps in June. Your school will receive an EcoSchools plaque if you do not already have one, and a corresponding bronze, silver or gold seal for your achievements for the year.