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LEONARDO DA VINCI SCHOOL BECOMES PART OF PRESTIGIOUS ÉCOLE VERTE BRUNDTLAND NETWORK

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MONTREALNOVEMBER 10, 2008 -     Leonardo Da Vinci Elementary School (12025 André Dumas)  in Rivière des Prairies   officially became part of the École Verte Brundtland (EVB) today.

The induction ceremony   marked the second time an English  elementary school in Quebec has become a  member of the Brundtland Environmental Group, which has as its mandate to promote pacifism, democracy, solidarity and the environment.  This worldwide initiative was established by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, pioneer of sustainable development and Director-General of the World Health Organization. A Brundtland Commission  was established by the United Nations as an  independent body to examine the world's  environmental and development problems and  propose solutions.  The EMSB’s Marymount Academy in N.D.G. became an EVB in 2007 while Willingdon Elementarty School, also in N.D.G., were accepted last year.
 
“We are thrilled to become part of the  École Verte Brundtland network,’” says Leonardo Da Vinci Principal Phyllis D’Amato. “This school in particular is very committed to the environment.”
 
As an example of its “green” themes, Leonardo Da Vinci has initiated programs such as creating their own safe water bottle; composting; recycling milk cartons; abolishing plastic utensils with their hot meals, to name a few.


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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca