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Environmental Science (SVN3M)

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Applied or Academic

  • Sources and Types of Environmental Pollutants
  • Health Hazards of Heavy-Metal Pollutants
  • The Indoor Environment
  • Keeping Our Water Safe
  • Making Positive Changes
  • Conventional Methods of Energy Production
  • Alternative Methods of Energy Production
  • Measuring Electrical Energy Consumption
  • Conservation and Improving Energy Efficiency at Home
  • Conservation and Improving Energy Efficiency on the Road
  • What is Waste?
  • The Base of the Pyramid: Landfills and Incineration
  • The Top of the Pyramid: The 3 Rs
  • Hard-to-Manage Wastes
  • Looking to the Future
  • Pests and Pesticides
  • Soil—It's Not Just Dirt
  • Sustainable Agricultural Practices
  • Forestry—Managing a Key Natural Resource
  • Greening the Urban Landscape

Environmental Science (SVN3E)

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in work and life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the impact of human activities on the environment; human health and the environment; energy conservation; resource science and management; and safety and environmental responsibility in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on relevant, practical applications and current topics in environmental science, with attention to the refinement of students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills as well as the development of their scientific and environmental literacy.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied, or a Grade 9 or 10 locally developed compulsory credit (LDCC) course in science




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Resources We Plan to Use with Our Students

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  • Career Cruising offers a suite of online career guidance and planning tools designed for people of all ages. Using our tools, you can find the right career, explore education and training options, build your own portfolio, manage your school’s course selection process, or set up a career development network in your community. http://www.careercruising.com
  • Career Day
  • EatRealEatLocal.ca Choose Canadian food. Choose local. Eat local. An environmental literacy and citizenship action site hosted by Hellmann's Mayonnaise Real Food Movement http://www.eatrealeatlocal.ca/
  • Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education program for grades 1-12 that helps students develop ecological literacy while engaged in practices to become environmentally responsible citizens. Developed and run by school boards, Ontario EcoSchools also helps improve school building operations to reduce environmental impacts. http://ontarioecoschools.org/
  • Peel Waste Management Facility
  • Peel Water Treatment Plant



Resources that Inspired Our Professional Learning

Name a textbook, book, print resource, digital resource, video, online resource or environmental organization that has provided you with inspiration and professional learning.

Places on the Web To Post Environmental Science Course Resources

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  • David Spencer's Education Paragon: An educator managed wiki connecting resources with educators and parents and helps students develop citizenship, literacy, responsibility and vision. http://education.davidspencer.ca
  • Outdoor Paragon is a page of outdoor, experiential and environmental education resources for use by everyone. http://op.davidspencer.ca