Supporting Environment and Energy Education Providers

The Alberta Council for Environmental Education supports environment and energy education providers by helping to:

  • Understand more about environment and energy education (e.g. current research and best practices) and make connections between environment, energy and climate change,
  • Share and learn together as a community to improve our programs and lead to more collaboration, and
  • Work collectively to advance environment and energy education by creating regional and provincial common agendas.

There are over 100 environment and energy education providers active within Alberta. See the full list here

Check out the support for Climate Education and Outreach (2017/18 and Alberta Public Narratives).

Provincial Summit - Outcomes and Action

ACEE convened a provincial environmental, energy and climate change education summit on Thursday, May 23rd 2019 in Canmore AB. Over 70 environmental educators gathered to connect and support environmental education in Alberta. The group explored ways that we can advance environmental education in Alberta - what is it that needs to change and how can we work together with government and educational leaders to ensure the changes are implemented. The Theory of Change (created at a 2015 Summit) helped guide the participants work.

The purpose of the summit was to....

  • To explore ways of working together for advancing environmental and energy education and investigate ways to organize this movement.
  • To network, share best practices and collaborate with others on strengthening environment, energy and climate education in Alberta.

Declaration in Support of Environmental Education

The first thing created from the Summit is the Declaration in Support of Environmental Education that was unveiled during the Recharge Conference. Over 75 people have already shown their support for the Declaration. It outlines the priorities and conditions needed to support environmental education. READ AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE DECLARATION.

The group also explored how to work together with government and educational leaders to ensure the priorities and conditions are met. We are working hard to summarize this work to provide some next steps. More on this soon!

 

Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

ACEE continues to support those that provide environmental education across Alberta. We are working on our plans for the fall of 2019 to spring of 2020. All workshops and locations will be announced soon. The next two are in Edmonton - more details coming soon!

Are you wanting to stay current on environmental and energy education topics and best practices? Do you want to know what other programs are being offered in the Edmonton region and learn from others? Join us for an afternoon of sharing and learning at the John Janzen Nature Centre - you may be asked to showcase an activity. We’ll also explore ways of ‘telling our stories’ to demonstrate impact and garner support for our program. Lunch will be provided.

  • December 5th - 12:30 to 4:00pm - Edmonton

Questions -  contact Kathy Worobec - kathy[at]abcee.org

Workshops and Webinars

Below are all the workshops and webinars we'll be delivering this year (see each workshop for a description and tentative schedule). We will be working with the regional network coordinators to finalize dates as soon as possible. The content for these workshops is based on the agency needs assessment conducted in July 2017 and 2018 and our past work with agencies through workshops and Communities of Practice.

Workshops Delivered and Resources

 

Regional Networks

ACEE is creating regional networks to support environmental and energy educators at the regional level. Having regional networks will strengthen the environmental and energy education community and connect the regional networks as a provincial network. We will announce these soon.

The regional coordinators will strengthen the regional network by creating more opportunities for the community to connect (formally and informally). ACEE will support the regional coordinators by providing content for formal gatherings (from the workshop list below) and form a provincial advisory committee for regional coordinators to connect, provide guidance for our work and help create a provincial common agenda to advance environmental and energy education.

Contact Kathy Worobec - kathy[at]abcee.org - if you'd like to learn more or are interested in becoming a regional coordinator (Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Lethbridge).

Needs Assessment

ACEE conducted an agency needs assessment to better understand how we can help environmental educators in Alberta to deliver impactful energy education. We've summarized the results into a report (see link below). There were three lucky winners of the MEC gift cards. Thank you to everyone that responded. We are using this information to guide our work.

Thank you to the following for supporting this work

                    

 

“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