Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge

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Do you have an idea for a project that could reduce the environmental footprint of your school? Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) could help make it happen!

The Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge invites Alberta students from kindergarten to grade 12 to develop a school-based initiative or project that will address climate change or minimize other negative human impacts to the environment.

Students are invited to submit their project ideas for a chance to win up to $1,000 that can be used to turn their proposal into a reality – and give them hands-on experience tackling an environmental issue that directly impacts them, their school or their community. The Government of Alberta will award up to $15,000 in funding annually to successful applicants to support their environmental action projects.

Successful applicants will be selected from each school level (Division 1, 2, 3, 4) for 2018-2019.

Participating teams are invited to contribute to the online learning community! Provide real-time project updates, share tips, ask questions and inspire new levels of learning – the provincial Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge community is a great way to explore new ideas throughout the school year.

This website is continuously updated with information to help you with your application, so check back often!

There will be a general election in Alberta on April 16, 2019. Government services remain available but this page will be paused. Learn more about our election communication policy at https://alberta.ca/election. For assistance, please call 310-0000 or send us a direct message.


Do you have an idea for a project that could reduce the environmental footprint of your school? Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) could help make it happen!

The Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge invites Alberta students from kindergarten to grade 12 to develop a school-based initiative or project that will address climate change or minimize other negative human impacts to the environment.

Students are invited to submit their project ideas for a chance to win up to $1,000 that can be used to turn their proposal into a reality – and give them hands-on experience tackling an environmental issue that directly impacts them, their school or their community. The Government of Alberta will award up to $15,000 in funding annually to successful applicants to support their environmental action projects.

Successful applicants will be selected from each school level (Division 1, 2, 3, 4) for 2018-2019.

Participating teams are invited to contribute to the online learning community! Provide real-time project updates, share tips, ask questions and inspire new levels of learning – the provincial Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge community is a great way to explore new ideas throughout the school year.

This website is continuously updated with information to help you with your application, so check back often!

  • 2018-2019 Alberta Energy Audit

    22 days ago

    Hillhurst School

    A group of grade 3 and 4 students are hoping to discover ways they can save energy in their school and community. Student will measure energy loss throughout the school, community centre, and other community buildings, and then explore and implement ways to reduce energy waste.


    Hillhurst School

    A group of grade 3 and 4 students are hoping to discover ways they can save energy in their school and community. Student will measure energy loss throughout the school, community centre, and other community buildings, and then explore and implement ways to reduce energy waste.


  • 2018-2019 Alder Flats Outdoor Classroom

    22 days ago

    Alder Flats Elementary

    Led by the grade 6 class, Alder Flats students will build garden boxes and plant native species in their outdoor classroom. Through their project, students will increase habitat for animals and reduce water waste by collecting and using rain water. They will grow food for their school lunch program and connect with community members for knowledge and assistance when needed.


    Alder Flats Elementary

    Led by the grade 6 class, Alder Flats students will build garden boxes and plant native species in their outdoor classroom. Through their project, students will increase habitat for animals and reduce water waste by collecting and using rain water. They will grow food for their school lunch program and connect with community members for knowledge and assistance when needed.


  • 2018-2019 Alternative Energy STEM Camps

    22 days ago

    Westwood Community High School

    High school students in Fort McMurray will share their knowledge and passion about energy with younger students in the community through Alternative Energy STEM Camps. Students will visit other schools in the community, teaching others about the science of traditional energy and alternatives.


    Westwood Community High School

    High school students in Fort McMurray will share their knowledge and passion about energy with younger students in the community through Alternative Energy STEM Camps. Students will visit other schools in the community, teaching others about the science of traditional energy and alternatives.


  • 2018-2019 Bahay Kubo Greenery Project

    22 days ago

    Filipino Language and Culture School in Edmonton

    Junior High students are inspired to bring nature indoors. By planting perennials and garden species inside their classroom, they hope to turn a dreary space into an indoor oasis while reducing their carbon footprint by growing food on-site.


    Filipino Language and Culture School in Edmonton

    Junior High students are inspired to bring nature indoors. By planting perennials and garden species inside their classroom, they hope to turn a dreary space into an indoor oasis while reducing their carbon footprint by growing food on-site.


  • 2018-2019 Diverting Food Waste from the Landfill

    22 days ago

    Banff Elementary School

    Students at Banff Elementary School noticed a problem: although they were composting at school, very few of their families were composting at home. To help address the concern, students are creating a play that focuses on the importance of composting and reducing food waste. They will present the play to their school and community and provide at-home compost containers to parents to encourage them to reduce the amount of food entering the landfill.


    Banff Elementary School

    Students at Banff Elementary School noticed a problem: although they were composting at school, very few of their families were composting at home. To help address the concern, students are creating a play that focuses on the importance of composting and reducing food waste. They will present the play to their school and community and provide at-home compost containers to parents to encourage them to reduce the amount of food entering the landfill.


  • 2018-2019 Energy Efficient Aquaponics Garden

    22 days ago

    Career and Technology Centre

    Fish and food are the highlight of this Student Action Challenge project. Students will be upgrading their aquaponics system to increase energy efficiencies, allowing them to grow more produce that can be used in the foods program at their school.


    Career and Technology Centre

    Fish and food are the highlight of this Student Action Challenge project. Students will be upgrading their aquaponics system to increase energy efficiencies, allowing them to grow more produce that can be used in the foods program at their school.


  • 2018-2019 Food Waste Recycling

    22 days ago

    St. Gabriel School

    Elementary school students in Fort McMurray are reducing the amount of food scraps ending up in the landfill by bringing Food Cylinders into their classrooms. Compost made from organic waste will be available for the school garden and for students and their families.


    St. Gabriel School

    Elementary school students in Fort McMurray are reducing the amount of food scraps ending up in the landfill by bringing Food Cylinders into their classrooms. Compost made from organic waste will be available for the school garden and for students and their families.


  • 2018-2019 Hydroponics in the Classroom

    22 days ago

    Master’s Academy and College

    The whole school is involved in this Student Action Challenge project. The Regenerative Design Team is organising the building of a hydroponics system at their school. They are enlisting the help of younger students to plant the seeds and sharing the greens that they grow with the school. The project will help reduce the school’s carbon footprint by allowing for locally grown produce to be used in the lunch program.


    Master’s Academy and College

    The whole school is involved in this Student Action Challenge project. The Regenerative Design Team is organising the building of a hydroponics system at their school. They are enlisting the help of younger students to plant the seeds and sharing the greens that they grow with the school. The project will help reduce the school’s carbon footprint by allowing for locally grown produce to be used in the lunch program.


  • 2018-2019 Indoor Vertical Garden with Local Flora

    22 days ago

    Killarney School

    Students are taking hands-on learning to a new level. With the help of parents and community members, students are creating an indoor vertical garden. They are using the garden wall to enhance their curriculum learning, leading to an awareness of local flora and the role plants play in healthy indoor environments.


    Killarney School

    Students are taking hands-on learning to a new level. With the help of parents and community members, students are creating an indoor vertical garden. They are using the garden wall to enhance their curriculum learning, leading to an awareness of local flora and the role plants play in healthy indoor environments.


  • 2018-2019 J.H.Picard Courtyard Revitalization

    22 days ago

    J.H. Picard School

    Students at J.H.Picard were tired of having a hot, unwelcoming courtyard at their school, so they decided to change the space. Students have already started growing plants in the courtyard and have seen an influx of local birds and bugs starting to use the space. They are continuing their revitalization project this year by planting native shrubs and flowers, transforming the once barren space into a welcoming oasis.


    J.H. Picard School

    Students at J.H.Picard were tired of having a hot, unwelcoming courtyard at their school, so they decided to change the space. Students have already started growing plants in the courtyard and have seen an influx of local birds and bugs starting to use the space. They are continuing their revitalization project this year by planting native shrubs and flowers, transforming the once barren space into a welcoming oasis.