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Toronto and Region Conservation Authority: Advancing the Sustainability Agenda

  • Nancy Lynn McGee
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Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 4)

Abstract

This chapter offers an overview of the diverse commitments and responsibilities of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in creating a safe, vibrant, and sustainable Living City. This chapter describes the support given to the formal education community of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through a variety of nonformal environmental education (EE) programs and initiatives. Unique qualities of TRCA’s nonformal EE, such as The Living City Curriculum, TRCA’s education philosophy, and the integrated learning approach, are highlighted. Residential centers, day centers, and in-class programming are also described, as well as the importance of ensuring that programming extends from the youngest formal education learners to postsecondary students.

Keywords

Residential Facility Sustainable Technology Great Toronto Area Field School Conservation Authority 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

Capturing the essence of TRCA’s education philosophy and praxis in one chapter is a daunting task. My thanks to the many individuals at TRCA who shared their words and energy to this chapter and offer their knowledge and passion to students every day.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Toronto and Region Conservation AuthorityTorontoCanada

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