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EnviroMatters is helping make students and staff more aware of their environmental impact by providing opportunities for further learning. To do this we have outlined a number of links to other environmental websites that provide information on curricular links for teachers, activity links for students, government programs and tips and facts on energy and environmental management.

The EnviroMatters Office has numerous associations with different environmental organizations and educational institutions, links to these are also provided below.  As our sustainability programs and projects expand, so will this list, so check back often to see some of the valuable partnerships being made!

Alberta Council for Environmental Education

The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) has been championing environmental education in Alberta since 2006.  Follow this link to the resources section of the website, to gain access to educational resources, professional development and conference and funding information.

Alberta Environment Network Society

This website offers a variety of links to environmental groups within Alberta.  The AEN's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information and resources among member groups, and to assist them in the taking of common action.

For more information: www.aenweb.ca

Alberta Environment Resources

Alberta Environment provides an information centre where resources are available for students, teachers, and members of the public. Check it out for facts and information on Alberta's environment and links to curricular learning: Environmental Education

Alberta Recycling Management Authority

The Alberta Recycling Management Authority is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s tire, electronics and paint recycling programs. Known simply as “Alberta Recycling,” the organization reports to the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups.

For more information, please visit the ARMA website (www.albertarecycling.ca)

ATCO Energy Education Mobile

The Energy Education Mobile is an interactive and unique learning experience designed for students in Grade 4 to learn more about Alberta's energy resources and energy efficiency. Students participate in fun activities that combine individual learning with group discussions. This is a free service provided by ATCO EnergySense.

The mobile learning centre will be travelling throughout Alberta to bring this free, one-of-a-kind experience directly to Alberta schools and communities. Prior to a visit by the Energy Education Mobile, support materials can be downloaded from the ATCO website to introduce the topics to students. The four learning stations are: Alberta's Energy Landscape, Electricity: Using it wisely, Heat: Keeping it in, and Energy Efficiency Detective.

To learn more about the Energy Education Mobile, or book a visit to your school, you can e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit their website online at: www.atcoenergysense.com.

Beverage Container Management Board

The Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) is responsible for the collection and recycling of beverage containers throughout Alberta and is a not-for-profit association consisting of representatives of Alberta beverage manufacturers, container depots and the public. The BCMB was established through the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation and works to ensure that Albertans have access to a convenient and cost-effective system for recycling used beverage containers.

Beverage container recycling programs provide important fundraising and teaching and learning opportunities in many Edmonton Public district schools.  Follow this link to learn more about the BCMB and its recycling resources.

Canada Green Building Council

Edmonton Public Schools is a member of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), a not-for-profit, national organization that works to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.

Working together with its members, the Council has made excellent advancements toward reducing the environmental impact of the built environment and successfully advocated for green building policies with all levels of governments and the private sector across Canada.  As a result, thousands of commercial and government buildings, schools, homes, community centres and historical structures have been retrofitted or newly constructed to green building standards.

Click here to learn more about the work of the CaGBC and why Edmonton Public Schools values this membership.

CAWST Youth Wavemakers Program

CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, is a non-profit organization that provides training and consulting to organizations that work directly with populations who lack access to clean water and basic sanitation.

CAWST works with hundreds of organizations including government agencies, community groups, and local and international NGOs of all sizes, as they develop their capacities to deliver water and sanitation programs locally. 

For more information on CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers program: cawst.org/wavemakers.

City of Edmonton Curricular Links

The City of Edmonton has created a listing of all their school programs in an effort to create a one-stop-shop list for teachers and students.  Numerous links are provided including green school resources and composting education.

For more information and resources on additional courses, click on the following link: Green Education Resources

City of Edmonton Environmental Resources

The City of Edmonton offers a variety of environmental services, programs and information, all available under the Environment tab on their homepage.

Edmonton Public Schools recently partnered with the City of Edmonton Waste Services Branch for district waste and recycling, check out their commercial services site for more details on their program!  Also have a look at the City of Edmonton Greener Days calendar for environmental events happening near you.

City of Edmonton Eco Stations are comprehensive waste drop-off facilities; bring your household hazardous waste such as leftover paint, oven cleaner and car batteries at no charge!  For further details, visit Eco Stations

EcoKids Education Program

Started in 1994, EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. This site is for students and teachers.

Click on the following link: http://www.ecokids.ca/

Edmonton Valley Zoo

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a natural classroom and learning is encouraged through inspiring, engaging, and fun activities. New exhibits and school programs in the state-of-the-art Edventure Lodge allows students to Get Closer to the resident animals. Programs are cross-curricular in nature and can be customized to accommodate specific learning objectives.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo team is also passionate about the natural world and promoting environmental responsibility. The zoo models green strategies to promote environmental responsibility and reduce its own environmental footprint.  The Wander and Ed-Venture Lodge opened in late 2013 and is a LEED Silver candidate project with the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Contact the Edmonton Valley Zoo today to set up a tour!

Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence

The Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE) is a unique collection of advanced waste processing and research facilities, owned and operated by the City of Edmonton Waste Management Services.  The EWMC is an integral part of Edmonton's sustainable approach to waste management and offers a variety of tours and presentations to the public and school groups.

Click here for more information on the facility and follow this link for details on how to book your educational tour and download classroom activities!

Environment Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the environment across a range of issues, from climate change, to air quality, to water conservation and protecting Canadians from harmful chemicals.

Environment Canada's mandate is to:

  • preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air, soil, flora and fauna;
  • conserve Canada's renewable resources;
  • conserve and protect Canada's water resources;
  • forecast daily weather conditions and warnings, and provide detailed meteorological information to all of Canada;
  • enforce rules relating to boundary waters; and
  • coordinate environmental policies and programs for the federal government.

For further information: Environment Canada

EPCOR Energy and Water Education

​​Through education, EPCOR helps students become critical thinkers, problem solvers, team players and the leaders of tomorrow.  Learn more about the e-SMARTkids program and WaterQuest education tool by following this link. 

Global, Environmental, and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC)

Teachers wishing to learn more about environmental education should check out the GEOE Council. This group organizes workshops, an annual conference, as well as providing classroom resources and a newsletter. Take the opportunity to connect with passionate educators from across the province.

Visit http://www.geoec.org/ for more information.

Green Learning Resources

Help your students participate in their own learning while gaining a more holistic and hopeful understanding of today's complex energy and environmental issues.

Click on the link to access on line curricular resources for your students: http://www.greenlearning.ca/

John Janzen Nature Centre

For the past 34 years, the John Janzen Nature Centre's interactive exhibits, educational programming and special events have encouraged visitors towards a greater awareness of and engagement with the wonders of natural world.

Have fun learning about nature and the importance of Edmonton's natural spaces through Preschool and K – 6 educational programming!

For information on these programs and to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or submit your booking request online.

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada provides curricular support and materials for teachers on energy conservation. Click on the following link for further information: Energy Conservation Resources

Recycling Council of Alberta

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) is a not-for-profit, non-political organization formed in 1987, and approved as an official charity in 1995. The RCA's mission is to promote and facilitate waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation in the Province of Alberta.

The Recycling Council of Alberta delivers a variety of educational initiatives, including workshops, training seminars, conferences and public education campaigns. These initiatives cover a variety of topics related to waste reduction and diversion.  School classes or other groups that want to learn about waste reduction and recycling can contact the RCA for a free presentation as part of their Speakers Bureau Program!

For more teaching resources please follow this link

Resources for Rethinking

Resources for Rethinking is a project that provides teachers access to lesson plans, curriculum units and various other teaching resources that incorporate environmental issues into learning that is action oriented and interdisciplinary.

"Exemplary classroom resources reviewed by teachers, for teachers."  For more information on this project, please follow this link: http://www.r4r.ca/

SEEDS Foundation

SEEDS, is a national non-profit, charitable foundation, and an acronym for the Society, Environment and Energy Development Studies Foundation. 

The Foundation is an educational resource organization that helps to support educators across Canada.  Their mission statement is “to develop and provide environmental sustainability and energy education resources to support Canadian educators as they promote student literacy and encourage their students to take personal action and societal responsibility for energy, sustainability, and the environment.”

For more information on SEEDS programs, please follow this link: http://www.seedsfoundation.ca/

Teacher Professional Development Opportunities

Inside Education is a nonprofit society that provides natural resources and environment education focused on forests, water, energy and related topics. Together with our partners in government, industry and the conservation sector, Inside Education provides educational experiences for teachers and students focusing on understanding multiple perspectives related to the science, and issues of development of natural resources and the environment.

In addition to teacher professional development programs they also offer teaching resources and classroom presentations. All products and services are curriculum connected and no or low cost.

Find out more by clicking on this link: www.insideeducation.ca. Keep checking back to the site for new PD opportunities.

The Bennett Centre Environmental Education

The Bennett Centre is based out of the historic Bennett School, located in the Cloverdale community.  The close proximity to nature allows learning of environmental topics through a variety of instructional methods, field, studies, skill acquisitions and outdoor experiences.

Numerous day and overnight programs in addition to travelling and secondary programs are available to local schools.  For more information and details on field trip programs, please follow this link: http://bennettcentre.epsb.ca/

Treat it Right!® Program for Schools

The Treat it Right!® Program, developed by Drainage Services, City of Edmonton offers teachers' guides for Grades 4, 5, and 8. Focusing on science, the programs link to the Alberta Program of Studies:

  • Grade 4 (Wastewater) links to Waste and our World
  • Grade 5 (Storm water) links to Wetlands, Weather, and Classroom Chemistry.
  • Grade 8 (Wastewater) links to Fresh and Salt Water Systems and Mix and Flow of Matter.

The Grade 4 and 5 programs are available in English and French.

The programs are integrated - as appropriate - to math, language arts, social studies, and geography. The guides are composed of four lesson plans, complete with instructional tools, readings, activities, games, and extension activities.

The elementary programs also offer a Puppet Show to Grades 2 and 4 on Wastewater and the Grade 5 classes can register for a free field trip to the constructed wetlands.

Visit online at www.edmonton.ca/drainage/education.

University of Alberta Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability brings a formal structure to the University of Alberta's campus sustainability initiative. It is led by the Chief Sustainability Officer supported by a team of staff, student interns and volunteers.

The Office is a focal point for coordinating sustainability initiatives across the institution. It informs and inspires students, faculty and staff to adopt sustainable practices, and facilitates institutional and programmatic planning.

For district High School students looking to attend the University of Alberta, volunteer opportunities and free campus sustainability tours and are available.  Book your individual or class tour here and learn all about the environmental initiatives happening on campus!  

Other campus events that may be of interest to high school students include the Sustainability Speaker Series and Sustainability Awareness Week.


Do you know of additional links that should be featured here? Contact us at EnviroMatters