What should Alberta students learn about energy?

What’s this about?

We need to depolarize the energy conversation in Alberta -  and education is our best strategic tool to do this.

This initiative seeks to turn this around. Join ACEE and energy professionals to network, collaborate and discuss the question: ‘What should Alberta K-12 students learn about energy?’ We’ll capture what we hear from you, and create recommendations for Alberta Education, to help them craft new curriculum -  so that your ideas will find their way into Alberta classrooms. To start the conversation we've created and "Energy Literacy in Alberta - Starting the Conversation" backgrounder.

To do this we’ll host a series of workshops in Calgary and Edmonton, bringing together energy and education professionals to discuss what Alberta students should learn about energy - as well as environment, and climate. We will be revising the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future to share this information with Alberta Education.

We are inviting energy stakeholders, municipalities, school boards, energy educators and key Alberta Ministries (Energy. Environment. Education) to be a part of the conversation. 


Attend a workshop

Calgary Workshop

March 11th, 2020


Calgary Webinar

March 27th, 2020


Edmonton Workshop

March 4th, 2020


Time: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Nicholls Family Library,

Program Room



Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm




Time: 11:30 - 2:00pm

Historic McKay Avenue School

Archives & Museum

Inspectors Room



Can't attend a workshop? Submit your feedback via our online survey



Why are we doing this?

Ensuring Alberta curriculum prepares students for their future is important especially when it comes to environment and energy here in Alberta. Here are some of the reasons why we are doing this work:

  • Exploring both environmental and energy topics with students is important to prepare them for their future. If they are well-educated on these topics, they will be able to create innovative solutions that are 'win, win' instead of 'either/or' for environment, society and economy.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving are integral competencies for environmental and energy literacy - helping students learn how to think, not telling them what to think.
  • Energy efficiency and conservation is a 'win, win' solution and helping students analysis energy costs, savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions is a life skill and can prepare them for job opportunities.
  • Helping students understand "yes, and..." thinking also helps them navigate a constantly changing future. E.g. YES Alberta's heritage and prosperity is based on our energy industry and YES there is a current need for these energy sources and YES Alberta can be an energy leader in the global energy transition to a low carbon economy providing both prosperity and a healthy environment.


What will we create?

  • Create a ‘What we heard’ document to be shared back to workshop participants
  • Use our findings to revise our Curriculum for a Sustainable Future document 
  • Work with Alberta Education and stakeholders to ensure that your ideas find their way into Alberta classrooms


How we’ll do this

We’ll engage energy system leaders and stakeholders in this critically important conversation by...

  •  hosting a series of workshops in Calgary and Edmonton (more details and registration above) to:
    • Network
    • Meet others in the energy space
    • Contribute ideas towards what Alberta students should learn
  • having folks provide their ideas through an online survey. Submit your feedback via our survey here. 
  • crafting a ‘What we Heard’ document, to be ratified by the community
  • presenting recommendations to Alberta Education and other stakeholders

We met with members of the Energy Futures Lab to receive their input and the Wordle below highlights some of the things they thought are important (this represents only one engagement) and there will be much more engagement with others stakeholders as outlined above.



We are grateful to Suncor, Energy Efficiency Alberta and Fortis Alberta for their support of this program. We invite other organizations to support this important work -  please contact our Executive Director Gareth[at]abcee.org to discuss.