Chinook's Edge School Division

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Stepping away from the day-to-day classroom schedule allowed me to fully focus specifically on environmental education and how/where I can inject it into my classroom. I was also able to collaborate with teachers from other schools and disciplines, with a specifically environmental education focus - which normally doesn't happen. - Kevin Challoner

What schools are working on...
École Fox RunWill work with the Grade 6 clases to provide input on what to do with the area once the Sylvan Lake waterslides are removed with ideas on how it can be used for recreation. February - start the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, April - Garbage collection challenge: May - Science Fair. Build on connections to Earth - helps students understand choices for their time, awareness of outside - what is outside, benefits and learning opportunities.
Olds High SchoolStart an inquiry into the Wetland at Olds College - does this system improve water quality? Measuring inflow and outflow, turbidity, sediment, pH, water temperature in various seasons etc. Connected the activities to competencies and assessment of changing mindsets and also questionnaire to evaluate student learning.
Penhold Crossing SecondaryHow can our school be more self-sustaining? This is a student-let initiative with a focus on encouraging and educating students to connect with nature, realize environmental impacts, adopt sustainable practices, create a wetland and reduce school waste. Students will create an environmental action week, build a greenhouse, create volunteer experiences, start the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, engage with Xstream Science and other schools and stakeholders.
Hugh SutherlandCreated more ideas for our CTF Beekeeping and Living Sustainability courses. We will connect with local beekeepers, build pollinator hotels, create more connections to nature, build food forests, permaculture/vermiculture, develop a green space and integrate FNMI concepts into the design. Identified a large list of resources through the session and working with other teachers. Ellis Bird Farm, Lacome Research station on sustainable agriculture, Crestomere School, Carmen, Alberta Tomorrow, Rethink Red Deer, Inside Education and GEOEC.
Reed RanchInquiry around - What trees are native to our area? What trees will grow on our school grounds? Students will generate presentations to share their findings. Their work will lead to the purchasing of trees for the school grounds. 
H. J. CodyFocus on environmental impacts of globalization - explore sustainability, recognize relationships between politics, economics and environment, evaluate globalization impacts on the environment,. Will use the issue of Sylvan Lake wastewater as an example - demands of urban growth (connect to globalization) and the impact on increased wastewater and impact on fresh water supplies.
École Innisfail HSInquiry into Green Architecture - introduce students to green architecture - students develop their own ideas for the school - work with Science 9 and 10 and Social Studies 9 and 10 as well as the Environment Club.
Sundre HSEnvironmental inquiry - What do we do for environmental protection and why? Explore our watershed from the mountains to the Hudson Bay, schools impact from waste, water and electricity, Snake Hill housing development. Work with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance and Town of Sundre.
École Olds Elementary, École Steffie Woima and École John WilsonTeachers worked together and explored resources they could use for their grade 4 science and social studies programs - Waste in our World and Natural Resources. École Olds Elementary is working on a plan to put solar panels on the school roof.
 Thanks to the community resource folks for sharing their expertise and programs...
  • Red Deer River Watershed Alliance - Joey Temple
  • Alberta Tomorrow - Jennifer Janzen
What the schools said about the Alberta Green School session....
  • 100% were extremely satisfied or satisfied with the session
  • All sessions received a 92% rating of excellent or very good
  • 100% agreed that the session addressed their needs
  • 100% agreed they have a foundation for starting their project
  • 100% agreed that have identified resources to support their work
  • 100% agreed they are motivated to implement their project
  • 100% agreed their plan will help deepen students' environmental, energy and climate change literacy
  • Download the full evaluation summary

For more information check out Alberta Green Schools or contact Kathy Worobec.

“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton