In one year, more than 100,000 students and 100 volunteers in 350 schools of 19 districts completed projects and produced measurable results that included enough energy savings to power 325 homes.  


We are a catalyst for youth leadership development and for practical, sustainable savings in schools and communities through partnerships with organizations that see the value of these environmental education programs.
 

What makes our programs successful

We:

  • meet participants where they’re at;
  • build on programs already underway;
  • engage community partners;
  • facilitate workshops on systems and design thinking, as well as content; 
  • deliver professional development;
  • provide ongoing support for teachers and teams. 

Students:

  • critically assess real-world problems;
  • engage stakeholders;
  • design their projects;
  • develop leadership skills;
  • use project management tools;
  • teach other students and adults;
  • report measurable results;
  • showcase and share best practices with other teams;
  • develop confidence to enhance their wellbeing; and
  • become leaders who are ready for new and more complex challenges.

 

Programs

Destination Conservation

Destination Conservation (DC) is a multi-year, student-driven, activity-based program that brings environmental education alive in schools. A cooperative team of students, teachers, principals, custodians and parents work together with DC partners in this multi-year program. DC is designed to increase sustainability by helping schools conserve energy and water, reduce waste and protect the environment while at the same time saving money.

This program increases sustainability by developing leadership teams in schools that set out to solve a problem in their school community.  All school teams measure and track the impact of their project and assess the benefits to their school community.

What helps make these teams relevant, dynamic and sustainable is that each are comprised of multi-stakeholders of the school community.  Students learn about leadership through stakeholder involvement of teachers, principals, facilities managers and parents as well as community partners to implement their school-wide campaigns.

During the 2016/2017 school year, over 70 schools in school districts across BC and Alberta participated and increased their environmental literacy,  developed a framework for creating behavioural change and decreased their utility consumption.

Programs are synchronized with school district goals to define a topic of focus.  These include energy conservation, water conservation, waste avoidance, alternative transportation, food security and well being.

All topics have students assess the problem and collect the data; analyze the info and set a goal; design a solution; communicate with marketing strategies; measure the results; and share the impact on the community with the ultimate goal of establishing ongoing conservation culture for sustainability.

“It makes me feel important to the school.
I feel like I’m doing something that makes a difference.
— Grade 5 student, Fort McMurray

 

Catch the Wave

Catch the Wave engages student leaders to design and implement school-wide projects to reduce single-use plastics in their schools and communities.

Along with teachers, students learn how to measure the amount of single-use plastic used every day in their schools to design a project with set goals to reduce plastic’s impact. 

Student teams choose which single-use plastic to focus on, how to tackle the problem, and decide if they should reduce, reuse, or replace their problem plastic. 

Teams build on existing school projects to create change. Along the way students develop critical thinking and communications skills to connect with schools across Canada, US and beyond to share their design ideas and how to measure success.

 

The big picture

These environmental literacy project-based programs helps school districts and schools:

  1. Fulfil instructional and curriculum requirements;

  2. Reduce their energy and water consumption and waste production;

  3. Foster environmentally and socially responsible behaviour in students and staff;

  4. Create an ethic of conservation within each participating school and the district;

  5. Save money on school district utility bills.