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2012 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership – Claire Edwards, McNally High School
Claire Edwards has won a scholarship of up to $70,000.00 for beginning an initiative to replace disposable plastic bottles with refillable bottles at her high school. In just a few months, approximately six thousand bottles were diverted from landfills. Claire also established an Amnesty International Club at her school and led a letter-writing campaign to promote the provision of clean drinking water on First Nations reserves. 2012 Emerald Award Nominees

 
Congratulations to Aaron Dublenko from Queen Elizabeth High School on his nomination for the 2012 Alberta Emerald awards. This nomination is in recognition of his Student Led Initiatives for Sustainable Education (SLISE) program which inspires students to engage as responsible citizens in creating a sustainable environment.
The Emerald Awards recognize individuals and organizations for environmental excellence. Finalists for the Emerald Awards will attend the annual gala on June 6, 2012 in Calgary. Good luck!
 

 
School Yard Clean Up Winners
The City of Edmonton’s 2011 Schoolyard Clean Up program ran last spring from May to June. There were over 100 Edmonton Public schools taking part. This was excellent participation by district schools.
From all of the 180 city schools that took part in the program, 12 schools were judged by City of Edmonton Parks staff as being the “tidiest”. Those schools received additional recognition for their efforts. The eight Edmonton Public Schools that won in the “Tidiest Schoolyard” category were: Strathcona High School, Caernarvon School, Escuela Mill Creek School, Florence Hallock School, Julia Kiniski School, L.Y. Cairns School, Rosslyn School and Sifton School.
Congratulations to these schools and to all the students and staff for their efforts to help clean up their schoolyards and communities. In the end the real winner is the environment!
 

 
Avalon Students Design a School of The Future
Four students from Avalon Junior High School were involved in the visioning, design and research of a school as part of the 2011 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) School of the Future Design Competition. The grade 7 and 8 students started the project back in September, meeting with teacher Dan Tarney during the lunch hours. Over the following months, the students continued to refine their vision of what a school of the future would look like.
Students learned about environmental design, as well as renewable energy and computer drafting applications. Students worked with two mentors, Mumtaz Anwar and Byung-Hee Kang from ACI Architecture in Edmonton, to create a unique and functional school with various features. The students achieved first in the provincial competition before finishing second in the Pacific Northwest regional division.
The students did extremely well in their design and the judges were impressed with their creativity and focus on making a truly unique school of the future. The students hope to return next year with an even stronger design and take it all the way to the finals in Washington, D.C.. Way to go Avalon!
To become involved in this competition contact EnviroMatters. For more information on this competition, please click here.
 

 
Alberta Emerald Environmental Awards
District schools are encouraged to consider nominating a teacher, student, class, or entire school for their environmental leadership. The Alberta Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by large and small corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, schools, community groups and governments.
There is a specific category for education that recognizes classrooms, schools or school boards within the formal education system, as well as formal educational curricula and programs. The category acknowledges those nominees that have gone beyond the normal practices and shown leadership and creativity in educating students about environmental matters.
To nominate a student, teacher or classroom, visit the Emerald Foundation website for more information. If you would like assistance in a nomination, please contact EnviroMatters. 

 
2010 Emerald Award Recipient - Westglen School
The Alberta Emerald Foundation received 102 nominations for the Emerald Awards (plus 8 nominations for the new Emerald Certified Shared Footprints Awards). Their panel of ten independent expert judges carefully reviewed each nomination and then gathered for two days of deliberations in early April. From these deliberations, the judges identified 33 finalists, which were announced at a special reception on April 22nd (Earth Day). Westglen Elementary School and M.E. LaZerte High School were two of the schools announced as finalists in the "Education: School or Classroom" category.
On June 10th 450 people gathered at the Martha Cohen Theatre in Calgary to celebrate the 19th Annual Emerald Awards. After much anticipation and preparation, the Alberta Emerald Foundation presented eleven Emerald Awards and two Shared Footprints Awards, including the Education award to Westglen School for its work as a SEEDS Green School.
Congratulations to the students, staff, parents and community of Westglen School for this great accomplishment. A very well deserved honour!
 

 
2010 AMA Safety Award - Ecole Richard Secord School
Congratulations to École Richard Secord School as they were one of the two recipients of the 2010 AMA School Zone Safety Award. The award was given out under the category of "Clean Air" for the school's work in their Idle Free campaign over the 2009-2010 school year.
The school submitted their entry in response to the question: How did your project help to reduce the amount of exhaust fumes around your school due to unnecessary idling?
The school will receive an award and a cheque for $1,000.
For more information on how the Idle Free Pilot project worked at Richard Secord and other district schools, click here 

 
Thorncliffe Light Patrols
Room One students at Thorncliffe School have been working hard this year to help promote energy conservation in order to help the environment. When students notice a classroom or office with lights on and no one using it, they issue the staff member a "ticket" asking them to turn off the lights. The ticket summaries are read at the school assemblies. This has led to a greater school wide awareness about energy conservation and reduction of their environmental footprint.
Well done Thorncliffe students!
 

 
Solar Cooking at Jasper Place High School
Jasper Place High School students, under the direction of teacher Elwin Worobec, received an "Honourable Mention" in the Re-Energy.ca Solar Oven Challenge that involved students from across Canada.
Students completed the solar oven project as part of the Science 14 Heat Transfer Unit for a Knowledge and Employability class. The class of 12 students worked together to build one solar oven. They spent an 80-minute period cooking nachos in the solar oven.
Students learned about heat transfer and that solar energy can be used to cook food. Students also found that the use of a black tray is preferable as it would have absorbed more energy to help cook the food. The placement of the food in a cooking bag would have also trapped more heat and reduced cooking time. Following the construction plans and building the oven was also good application for some math concepts.
Students enjoyed the building process. They were easily able to follow the plans and needed only minor guidance.
For more information on solar ovens and other energy projects, visit http://www.re-energy.ca/
 

 
2009 City of Edmonton Capital City Clean Up Program Initiatives - Crestwood & Steele Heights

As part of the City of Edmonton's 2009
Capital City Clean Up program, junior and senior high school students were invited to submit concepts for an advertising campaign that discourages littering. Dream Up a Clean Up!
Two students from Crestwood School submitted this year's winning entry. The students were acknowledged by the City of Edmonton at an event held at the school on June 15. Over the next few months, the public service announcements will be aired on multiple TV stations and posters will be distributed during September.
Another piece of the Capital City Clean Up program was the School Litter Reduction Challenge. Junior high schools were encouraged to develop innovative plans to reduce litter in their school. Submissions had to include a detailed plan and a follow-up report outlining what was accomplished and what outcomes were achieved.

Steele Heights' students organized a series of activities that resulted in a 50 per cent reduction of litter at the school. Some of the initiatives included having their custodian speak at a school assembly about litter and the impact litter has in Canada versus his home country of El Salvador. Other initiatives included a team of students sharing their message with McLeod School students and hosting lunch events that were designed to minimize litter. The City of Edmonton recognized the students at an event held at the school on Wednesday, June 10.

As a result of winning the Capital City Clean Up program initiatives, both Crestwood and Steele Heights schools will receive a $2,000 grant to support a beautification and environmental project that improves their school.

In an effort to increase awareness and recognition, the EnviroMatters Office has created a specific section on the website to highlight significant and award winning initiatives taking place at both the district and school level.  Recognizing district schools for their efforts helps to increase engagement and participation in sustainability initiatives, while createing a team culture among students and staff.  

Click on the sub-links to read about all the amazing environmental achievements happening in Edmonton Public Schools or use the resources below to apply for an award to recognize your school or environmental project!


Alberta Emerald Environmental Awards

District schools are encouraged to consider nominating a teacher, student, class, or entire school for their environmental leadership. The Alberta Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by large and small corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, schools, community groups and governments.

There is a specific category for education that recognizes classrooms, schools or school boards within the formal education system, as well as formal educational curricula and programs. The category acknowledges those nominees that have gone beyond the normal practices and shown leadership and creativity in educating students about environmental matters.

To nominate a student, teacher or classroom, visit the Emerald Foundation website for more information. If you would like assistance in a nomination, please contact EnviroMatters.


Canada Green Building Council Greenest School in Canada Award

Do you think your school is the greenest school in Canada? The CaGBC and the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools are searching for the Greenest School in Canada. This is a school at the elementary or secondary level that truly exemplifies how sustainability can be integrally woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum.

Watch their website for updates and to enter your school!

District Recognition Awards

Does your school deserve recognition for their sustainable contributions to Edmonton Public Schools during the school year? Apply for a District Recognition Award!

Individuals are recognized for professional and volunteer services or outstanding achievement or exemplary performance. Teams are recognized for contributions and achieving significant goals through collaboration.

Visit the Edmonton Public Schools District Recognition website to apply!


EnviroMatters Minute

In the spring of 2016 the Edmonton Public Schools EnviroMatters Office launched the EnviroMatters Minute initiative, in an effort to recognize district schools for their everyday environmental successes.  The initiative centers around district social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and includes a short paragraph explaining the achievement with an imbedded picture or link.  The first EnviroMatters Minute post went live on the district social media channels in May 2016, with new stories to be added throughout the school year.

The goal is to promote school initiatives on an engaging platform and encourage students and teachers to share their EnviroMatters Minute achievements on their own social media accounts!  


Recycling Council of Alberta R's of Excellence Awards

The Rs of Excellence Awards have been designed to recognize the special contributions RCA members are making to "promote and facilitate waste reduction, recycling and resource conservation in the Province of Alberta."

If your school or environmental program has made an outstanding contribution towards waste reduction, visit the Recycling Council of Alberta website to apply for an award!

School  Recognition Awards

Many district schools offer school-specific awards to recognize outstanding student accomplishments, contributions and achievements. These awards recognize excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, citizenship, leadership and service.

Contact your school principal or counsellor for more information about the awards offered at your school and how to apply.  Need help creating an award?  Contact the EnviroMatters Office for help!

 


Has your school or department won an award for environmental stewardship?  Tell us about it! Contact us at EnviroMatters for a chance to be featured on the website or in an EnviroMatters Minute post.