Toronto District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Icon - Find Your School  Find Your School|New to Canada|Policies|Media
About Us|Staff|Employment|Leadership|Contact Us
Translate
Close Window X

Google Translate Limitations Disclaimer

The electronic translation service on the Toronto District School Board website is hosted by Google Translate, a third party service. The TDSB does not guarantee or warrant the reliability, accuracy or completeness of any translated information.

The quality of the translation will vary in some of the languages offered by Google. Google Translate is a free service and currently offers translation in over 100 languages, but does not capture all languages or dialects.

The basic translation goal is to capture the general intention of the original English material. Before you act on translated information, we encourage you to confirm any facts that are important to you or may affect any decisions you make.

The Toronto District School Board is committed to equity and community engagement, and by providing this tool, we are making our information more accessible to families whose first language is not English.

Google Translate Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Marion Hilliard Students Unveil Sustainable Vision for School Community

Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Categories: News Releases

small group of studentsIn a small room, packed with local visitors and parents, Grade 8 students from Dr. Marion Hilliard SPS unveiled their architectural plans to transform a vacant parcel of land near their school into a sustainable and vibrant green community.

The result of a week-long workshop delivered by the non-profit organization No. 9: The Culture of Sustainability — through TDSB’s EcoSchools program — students went on a field trip to survey the land. Based on the features of the plot, students created a scale model of their ideal use of this land to enhance safety and sustainability in the Malvern community.

Based on the nine principles of sustainable building, students presented an architectural plan that included housing, an art gallery, a restaurant, pedestrian bridges over high traffic roads and community spaces interwoven with living walls, indoor and outdoor gardens, ponds, diversion and recycling of rain and waste water and an abundance of solar panels to capture, store and produce energy.

A focal point of the design, were pieces of public art made of recycled materials.

“The message we are trying to send is about perspective,” says Maryam, Grade 8. “It may look like a jelly bean, or differently coloured splotches of paint. But it reminds me of us, of humans. We are all different shapes and sizes. It shows us that we don’t have to fit into one mold. It is showing our diversity, that we are so proud of in the Malvern Community.”
 

The goal of the program, called Imagining My Sustainable Community, is to teach students how to give their ideas a physical form, then to share it with others.
 

“It shows if we work together, particularly you as the next generation, we can choose to do things with less of a carbon footprint,” says No. 9 Executive Director Andrew Davies.
 

With local City Councillor Cynthia Lai in attendance, participating in this unique workshop and presenting their ideas to community leaders made for an auspicious first step in urban planning and sustainable building for Marion Hilliard students.

“It was a bit of a struggle but I learned a lot and am confident in my parts of the design,” says Mariah, Grade 8. “We need less cars and more buses. We need places for people to walk out on the streets and become more engaged and inclusive and more included in our community.”

large group of studentsModel made by students

Tags:
Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
© 2014 Toronto District School Board  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy   |  CASL