Chapel presentation highlights environmental progress

Fall 2019 Big Tree Plant

This year’s presentation of Sustainability Awards and the Green Cup trophy, part of chapel service on Monday, June 1st, was a chance to look back on some of the ways the Trinity College School community did “more good” (MOGO) for the environment over the 2019-2020 academic year.

We have many things to be proud of as a whole School this year:

  • We have certified for the ninth year with EcoSchools Canada (TCS worked hard to complete all required elements plus more for platinum level certification; however, due to the restrictions placed on many schools’ participation as a result of COVID-19, this year EcoSchools elected to grant certification but not at specific levels)
  • TCS was chosen to host one of the national “100 debates on the Environment” during last fall’s federal election and had all five local political candidates participate
  • We hosted a national webinar for the CAIS Green Schools Project that was attended by 80 other independent schools
  • 130,000 kwH of solar energy was produced by our array on the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre, which is over 5% of our electricity consumption
  • 50 trees were planted by the Senior School houses during last October’s Big Tree Plant

Sustainability ties were awarded for one year of green leadership in Trinity Environment Action Club (TEAC), as a green rep, a sustainability steward, or on the sustainability committee. Sustainability pins, recognizing two years of environmental leadership, were earned by Tristin Jin, Roselle Torres, Chloe Chiang (Wright Green Rep) and Tiffany Pan (Ketchum Green Rep).

In the Green Cup Challenge this year, there were four ways to do MOGO for the environment and gain points for doing so:

  1. The Big Tree Plant last fall – Houses helped plant 50 big white pines and poplars on a damaged area of campus. We’ll look forward to adding to that little forest in the years to come when we’re allowed back on campus.
  2. The Recycle Challenge – After eight bin checks this year the boarding and day house winners are Ketchum (89% correct) and Wright (99% correct), and the Grade 5 class led the way in the Junior School, just edging out Grade 6 and Grade 7 East; shout-outs go to the following staff departments who had 100% correct recycling at each check this year: admissions, property barns offices, W.A. Johnson Block basement offices, service learning and Frances Price Athletic Therapy Clinic.
  3. PaperCut Challenge – Each house was challenged to reduce its printing and photocopying over the course of the year, with the fewest sheets being recorded by Wright (54 pages/student) and Burns (90 pages/student), and all houses having lower printing rates this year, showing that we’re being more thoughtful about what we do and don’t need to print.
  4. House-based Eco-actions – Even during the spring term, as we have been spread out in our homes across Canada and around the world, we continue to see many types of MOGO happening!

When we tally up all the points associated with these efforts, this year’s winners of the Green Cup are Brent House in the boarding category, with 93/100 possible points, and Wright House in the day category, with 99/100 points. Congratulations!

Click here for a full list of award recipients.

Thank you to Dr. Vincenza Pontieri, Ms. Cheyne Cole and all the staff who participate in the sustainability committee, and to our housekeeping department who give so much of their time to do the recycling audits for us. Mostly, thanks to all of you. Keep doing MOGO at home until we get back to our beautiful campus!

- By Ms. Alison Elliott, TCS environmental coordinator