Custodian, Eastview Public School, Halton Distrcit School Board


"Custodian Bill Gatopoulos simply goes above and beyond. He believes that waste management is more than just collecting recycling, organics and garbage from classrooms, but rather an opportunity to educate, engage and empower students.

At his former assignment (Sunningdale Public School), Bill was instrumental in developing a waste collection program that resulted in increased recycling and composting. He actually removed garbage cans from classrooms to foster a "rethink" attitude about waste.

Actively involved with the school’s environmental education efforts, he assisted students with visual waste audits, delivering educational messages to other students, and ensuring three waste streams were collected effectively with minimal contamination. The decreased garbage at the school resulted in financial savings to the school board.

At his new assignment (Eastview Public School), Bill continues the waste minimization tradition, engaging an eco club of over 50 student members! He coordinates waste diversion presentations and fosters an environmental focus among students, teachers and administrators.

Bill is often called upon by the school board to share his expertise with other custodians and teachers about the importance of waste minimization.

You can read more about Bill and his efforts at http://bit.ly/Mcbu0F"

   Nominated by: John Watson, Halton Region