Photo kindly provided by Humber Arboretum
The Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology is the first facility of its kind in Ontario to achieve Platinum Certification from Ontario EcoCentres, a new program designed to help education centres address the issue of climate change.
The Humber Arboretum is dedicated to showcasing an extensive collection of woody and herbaceous plants, and protecting and restoring habitat for native plants and animals. It's a popular destination for school trips, recreational users, as well as Humber College students.
Ontario EcoCentres is a unique certification program, which provides education centres in Ontario with a comprehensive checklist of actions to reduce their carbon footprint by operating more efficiently and sustainably. It is specifically developed for environmental/outdoor day centres, residential field centres, museums, zoos, or other centres that provide on-site education programs.
The EcoCentres certification program addresses 10 sustainability benchmarks; certified EcoCentres are those judged to have met the requirements in at least three areas over the course of nine months. Platinum status is granted to those that complete all 10 components.
For more on the EcoCentres program, visit the website.