Inspiring Stories

We are excited to showcase these inspiring stories of environmental and energy education in action led by teachers or organizations that are engaging students in meaningful learning that creates the environmental stewards and energy leaders we need. We hope these inspire you to take the next step in your work. We'd love to include your work here - if you have a story to share, please contact Kathy Worobec - kathy[at]abcee.org

Recharge 2019 Conference

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers, and May conferences bring environmental and energy education to the Rocky Mountains. This spring, over 200 teachers and environmental educators from all throughout Alberta (and some from British Columbia too) came together to ‘recharge’ in Canmore at our first annual Recharge conference. Over the course of three days, we explored the challenges, opportunities and solutions in environmental and energy education with nearly 50 indoor and outdoor workshops.

15 year old Greta Thunberg takes a stand for climate change at COP24

15 year old Greta Thunberg helped launch an initiative by school-aged children to boycott school in response to the climate crisis.  She made headlines last month through her uncompromising - and uncomfortable! - presentation to the United Nations' COP24 Climate Change conference in Poland.  For Greta, it's as simple as this: climate change is a threat to our survival, and the world is not doing enough about it. Each Friday since August 2018, Greta has missed school to go on strike outside of the Swedish Parliament Building.

Grads from Robert Thirsk High School Launch Energy & Climate Learning Lab

On September 26, Diana Kurila and Murdoch McKinnon made a pitch at the 2018 Alberta Climate Summit as Youth Energy Changemakers. In front of hundreds of influential players in energy and climate, they asked for partnerships and support for their Green Energy and Climate Learning Lab project, which will be installed on the roof of their former high school and consist of solar panels, a weather station, and a wind turbine. Diana and Murdoch, now students at Mount Royal University (MRU), will be mentors for

Mount Royal University student teachers engage in environmental education

On Nov. 8, 2018, Mount Royal University students in the Bachelor of Education program took part in a "Greening Your Curriculum" workshop lead by Gareth Thomson and Diana Kurila, who is also a fourth year student in the program and working with ACEE part-time. 

These eager and thoughtful teachers learned a variety of games to bring into their practicums and future classrooms, and took part in planning their own curriculum-aligned action projects to embark on with their future students. 

Innovate

Edmonton Public Schools teachers, Aaron Dublenko and James Stuart, facilitate the Innovate Program for elementary and high school students. If there’s an example of taking the classroom out into the real world, Innovate has to be it.

The PEEL Project

The People for Energy and Environmental Literacy (PEEL) project started with two teachers and an industry expert who worked together to create a classroom project. They have taken this project to the next level and are providing training for other Alberta teachers and sharing the lesson plans.

“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