Stonebridge Public School — Native Garden and Education Program
A native garden was planted by students at Stonebridge PS to increase the biodiversity around the school, restore the natural habitat, and rebalance the local ecosystem. Funding was used for:
- a native plant bed
- native plant sign
- poster promoting native flowers
North American Native Plant Society —Invasive Species Education Program
The North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) is an organization dedicated to the study, conservation, cultivation, and restoration of North America's native flora and fauna. The Invasive Plant Awareness Program was developed with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Invasive species are non-native plants that grow aggressively, overtake natural areas and displace native plants. The purpose of this program was to increase awareness about invasive species through training sessions, guest speakers series, natural garden design workshops, and restoration events in Markham.
Ecowatch Canada Corporation and York Rotary Club — Household Battery Recycling Education Program
Ecowatch Canada and the York Rotary Club teamed up to provide an education program for students and parents on the importance of proper disposal of household batteries in an effort to keep harmful chemicals out of landfills. Batteries contain mercury, a harmful toxic chemical that damages the environment. Through this program, students were able to bring waste batteries to collection bins at schools where the batteries transported to Markham's Household Hazardous Waste Depot for safe disposal.