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The Basement and Home Energy Efficiency Guide provides great tips to help make your home, workplace, or school more energy efficient. The page includes the biggest culprits of energy waste, tips for locating the source of energy-waste issues, and how to lower your bills while reducing your footprint.

Bumble Bee Watch is a citizen science app that anyone can use to take pictures of bumble bees to help contribute to bumble bee science. The pictures are automatically accompanied by information about time and location, are then identified by bee experts. The images become part of a scientific library of information about what species of bees, and roughly how many, are found in different places — including many that scientists can’t easily get to — at various times of the year.
 

By using the app, you can help scientists learn where to find and protect rare bee species, what kinds of plants different bees are using for food at different times of year, and whether some bee species are declining with time and factors such as climate change.

The Alberta Irrigation Districts Association provides an online data tool to see the water quality of all irrigation districts. Students can look at and compare data from 2011 to present. 

The Healthy Rivers Story Map is an interactive website that allows you to connect with and learn about Calgary’s watersheds, rivers and riparian areas, and explore actions you can take to protect the health of our rivers.

Some highlights include:

  • Information about the health of Calgary’s rivers, and ongoing monitoring activities
  • An interactive tool to learn about your local Calgary watershed
  • A map showcasing various City and community restoration and bioengineering projects
  • Volunteer and stewardship notice board, for citizens to find ways to get involved in their watershed

Video: Facilitating a coalition of scientists, researchers, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.

compilation of climate change information and data compiled by various international organizations.

Visit the Green Energy Futures website to explore stories with your students about green energy pioneers who are moving forward in their homes, businesses and communities.

Pl@ntNet is an app to help to identify plants with pictures. It makes it very easy and fun to identify plant species anywhere in the world! 

The guide focuses specifically on how to help engage First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) youth to take action to create change on an issue they care about, and how to respectfully incorporate FNMI knowledge and culture into your classroom or program. The Action Process has been designed to utilize and honour FNMI ways of knowing. We believe that this is integral to the creation of sustainable communities.

Part One of this guide provides information to help you develop a respectful understanding of FNMI people, culture and knowledge. Much of the information presented in these sections is geared toward readers who are not First Nations, Métis or Inuit, but who work with students/youth who are FNMI. For this reason, some of the information in this section of the guide may not be of as much benefit to FNMI readers who may already have a better understanding of the concepts discussed.

Part Two of this guide will be of benefit to all readers as it provides a detailed overview of an action process as well as activities to support each step in the design and implementation of your action projects. This section also includes suggestions for ways to develop a respectful understanding of FNMI knowledge with your students/youth participants and ways to incorporate traditional FNMI knowledge into your action project.

NEW Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults! 

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s beloved bestselling book has been adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish, and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. This new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding stems from listening to the earth’s oldest teachers: the plants around us.

With informative sidebars, reflection questions, and art from illustrator Nicole Neidhardt (Navajo), Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults will help provide educators to bring Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation. This new version will provide the essence of this book in a way that better engages high school students. You can purchase it from the Outdoor Learning Store.