About EcoSchools Canada in Alberta

Are you a Alberta teacher? Would you and your students like to be involved in real-world, community-based climate action and environmental stewardship?

What is EcoSchools Canada?

EcoSchools Canada is the largest environmental certification program for K-12 schools in Canada, currently reaching one million Canadian students annually. It provides teachers with a framework to engage their students and entire school community in environmental and climate action projects. Schools earn points to achieve bronze, silver, gold or platinum level status - and most importantly, become active players in helping their community become more sustainable and resilient. EcoSchools Canada supports school communities as they:

  • Build environmental leadership and capacity for students, staff and communities
  • Mitigate climate change by improving operational efficiency of school buildings and behaviour change
  • Connect teachers to local tools and resources
  • Recognize achievements and excellence through robust reporting and a collective impact framework
  • Support Canada's commitment to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

The ACEE team is proud to be EcoSchools Canada's on-the-ground delivery partner for Alberta. 

Information Sessions for Teachers: Recordings Now Available

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Why Should My School Join EcoSchools? 

Whether your school is a leader in environmental stewardship or you are just starting your journey, the EcoSchools Canada in Alberta program offers many benefits. EcoSchools focuses on learning through action, sustainability, and global citizenship. Instill hope in your students by focusing on solutions and careers of the future, and tie classroom material to real-world action plans and strategies, from local to global.

Check out a preview of the EcoSchools Action Library. EcoSchools offers over 40 actions to choose from, each with its own action guide and resources. Covid safety tips are also available for each EcoSchools action.

In addition, we have prepared a list of Calgary area resources to support you in implementing EcoSchools actions, including online resources, workshop providers and field trip opportunities.

Your school may already be doing some of the things that EcoSchools encourages- why not get credit for it? Check out the EcoSchools Sustainability Review and see what actions you are already on the way to completing.

EcoSchools Canada in Alberta also features:

  • Explicit links to the Alberta curriculum
  • A step-by-step process for creating a flexible environmental and climate action plan that supports real-world, community-based plans and strategies
  • Links to local programs and supports to help you complete actions

  • A user-friendly online platform that allows you to track your progress and impact

  • Opportunity to network, share, and celebrate with other schools, teachers and students
  • Ongoing, on-the-ground, support for Alberta schools provided through ACEE

Become an EcoSchool!

To learn more about how to join EcoSchools' growing community in Alberta, click here.

EcoSchools Canada in Alberta

In spring 2019, the Alberta Council for Environmental Education teamed up with the City of Calgary and Calgary's two major school districts to engage Calgary's school community in environmental stewardship and climate action. Our goal was to create a framework for collective action that fosters a common sense of purpose and civic pride and most importantly, help students feel hopeful for the future through purposeful action.  

Our journey led us to partner with EcoSchools Canada. ACEE is excited about building a strong and vibrant EcoSchools community here in Alberta.  

In the 2020-2021 pilot year, we focused our efforts on Calgary. 64 teachers from 40 schools registered on the EcoSchools Canada online platform and 6 schools achieved EcoSchools certification, with 2 more being recognized as participants. We created resources such as a collection of local resources organized by EcoSchools action and curriculum links to help teachers connect the current Alberta K-9 curriculum to sustainability education and action, EcoSchools actions, and the City of Calgary's climate action and environmental plans strategies. 

In the 2021-2022 school year we are excited be expanding into the Alberta Capital Region. This year, we aim to: ​

  • Provide opportunities for schools to network, exchange ideas, and learn from each other 
  • Create opportunities to better connect teachers and students to the vast array of Alberta-based environmental education resources and program 
  • Apply everything we learned during the pilot year to make the program even better for future years 
  • Lay the groundwork and raise funds for expanding this program to other Alberta communities