Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge

Applications for the 2018-2019 Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge are now open! Click here for more information or to complete an application form.

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!

Applications for the 2018-2019 Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge are now open! Click here for more information or to complete an application form.

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!

  • 2017 - 2018 Classroom Composting

    about 1 year ago
    School: Fort McMurray Islamic School, Fort McMurray

    Composting with worms can be a little slow, especially since they are picky eaters! Students at Fort McMurray Islamic School are creating a new composting program to help reduce food waste and allow dairy, meat, and grain to be composted. Automatic Food Cyclers will help reduce organic waste by turning it into compost, which will be used in classroom experiments and in the school garden.
    School: Fort McMurray Islamic School, Fort McMurray

    Composting with worms can be a little slow, especially since they are picky eaters! Students at Fort McMurray Islamic School are creating a new composting program to help reduce food waste and allow dairy, meat, and grain to be composted. Automatic Food Cyclers will help reduce organic waste by turning it into compost, which will be used in classroom experiments and in the school garden.
  • 2017 - 2018 Climate Literacy through Meatless Mondays

    about 1 year ago
    School: Robert Thirsk High School, Calgary

    Students at Robert Thirsk High School have identified that sometimes the food that we buy at the store has to take a huge, carbon-fueled trip to get to the shelf. To reduce their carbon footprint they will build a tower garden to produce many of their menu items in house. Coupled with their Meatless Monday program, they are demonstrating that small changes in our diets can have a large effect on climate change.
    School: Robert Thirsk High School, Calgary

    Students at Robert Thirsk High School have identified that sometimes the food that we buy at the store has to take a huge, carbon-fueled trip to get to the shelf. To reduce their carbon footprint they will build a tower garden to produce many of their menu items in house. Coupled with their Meatless Monday program, they are demonstrating that small changes in our diets can have a large effect on climate change.
  • 2017 - 2018 EcoBricks

    about 1 year ago
    School: Collingwood Elementary, Calgary

    Plastic is a pretty harmful material when it comes to the environment. Collingwood Elementary students will focus on recycling and reusing plastic to reduce waste and demonstrate how much plastic waste is produced at their school. They will be reusing the waste plastic from their school to construct furniture for everyone to use.
    School: Collingwood Elementary, Calgary

    Plastic is a pretty harmful material when it comes to the environment. Collingwood Elementary students will focus on recycling and reusing plastic to reduce waste and demonstrate how much plastic waste is produced at their school. They will be reusing the waste plastic from their school to construct furniture for everyone to use.
  • 2017 - 2018 Living Wall & Youth Wavemakers

    about 1 year ago
    School: Arbour Lake School, Calgary

    What’s better than a living wall that produces fruits and vegetables for students to eat? A self-powered one! Solar panels will be used to power recycled water from students’ bottles to water plants on the living wall. This will not only reduce the school’s carbon footprint by producing their greens in-house, but it will also reuse ‘waste’ water in a fun and educational way.
    School: Arbour Lake School, Calgary

    What’s better than a living wall that produces fruits and vegetables for students to eat? A self-powered one! Solar panels will be used to power recycled water from students’ bottles to water plants on the living wall. This will not only reduce the school’s carbon footprint by producing their greens in-house, but it will also reuse ‘waste’ water in a fun and educational way.
  • 2017 - 2018 Pocketful of Sunshine

    about 1 year ago
    School: Highwood School, Calgary

    Why is it important to conserve energy? Students at Highwood School will create solar projects to see firsthand the power of renewable energy. Students will showcase what they learn by creating StopMotion movies in both English and Mandarin.
    School: Highwood School, Calgary

    Why is it important to conserve energy? Students at Highwood School will create solar projects to see firsthand the power of renewable energy. Students will showcase what they learn by creating StopMotion movies in both English and Mandarin.
  • 2017 - 2018 Power Plants

    about 1 year ago
    School: W.O. Mitchell Elementary School, Calgary

    All schools in Calgary are now required to compost all of their organic waste in green bins. Instead of disposing of their old compost boxes, students at W.O Mitchell Elementary School have a plan to transform them into vegetable gardens. With support from elders in the community they will be looking into cooking their produce using renewable energy.
    School: W.O. Mitchell Elementary School, Calgary

    All schools in Calgary are now required to compost all of their organic waste in green bins. Instead of disposing of their old compost boxes, students at W.O Mitchell Elementary School have a plan to transform them into vegetable gardens. With support from elders in the community they will be looking into cooking their produce using renewable energy.
  • 2017 - 2018 Project Bird, Bats & Bugs

    about 1 year ago
    School: Red Deer Lake School, Foothills

    How can you enhance biodiversity in your community? Students at Red Deer Lake School are taking charge to better understand the species in their local park. After researching the local birds, bats, and insects, students will construct houses for the local species.

    It doesn’t stop there though! To make sure that they are attracting the right species to the park they plan to grow native flowering plants in boxes. Students will maintain what they have built and observe the species that use the created habitat, while share sightings with visitors of the park.
    School: Red Deer Lake School, Foothills

    How can you enhance biodiversity in your community? Students at Red Deer Lake School are taking charge to better understand the species in their local park. After researching the local birds, bats, and insects, students will construct houses for the local species.

    It doesn’t stop there though! To make sure that they are attracting the right species to the park they plan to grow native flowering plants in boxes. Students will maintain what they have built and observe the species that use the created habitat, while share sightings with visitors of the park.
  • 2017 - 2018 Roof Runoff and Flowerbeds

    about 1 year ago
    School: Arbour Lake School, Calgary

    How can you help prevent erosion and keep toxins from roof water from entering the ecosystem? Students at Arbour Lake School think they can help! They are designing and constructing flower garden beds and placing them beneath the rainspouts from the roof. The plants will help to filter toxins out of the water before they reach the storm drain. Students will also monitor erosion rates and the new insect habitat their gardens provide.
    School: Arbour Lake School, Calgary

    How can you help prevent erosion and keep toxins from roof water from entering the ecosystem? Students at Arbour Lake School think they can help! They are designing and constructing flower garden beds and placing them beneath the rainspouts from the roof. The plants will help to filter toxins out of the water before they reach the storm drain. Students will also monitor erosion rates and the new insect habitat their gardens provide.
  • 2017 - 2018 School Outdoor Classroom

    about 1 year ago
    School: Redwater School, Redwater

    Let’s connect outside! Students at Redwater school are building an outdoor classroom, which will provide them with an educational environment where they can connect with nature. All students will be invited to participate in the development of the outdoor classroom. Students will plant gardens, observe pollination, collect rain water, grow vegetables for the school’s lunch program, and complete field studies in the space.
    School: Redwater School, Redwater

    Let’s connect outside! Students at Redwater school are building an outdoor classroom, which will provide them with an educational environment where they can connect with nature. All students will be invited to participate in the development of the outdoor classroom. Students will plant gardens, observe pollination, collect rain water, grow vegetables for the school’s lunch program, and complete field studies in the space.
  • 2017 - 2018 Solar Car Kids for Kidz

    about 1 year ago
    School: Career and Technology Centre, Calgary

    Introducing Solar Race Cars to the classroom! This team of high school students will be developing solar car prototypes and sharing their knowledge with students from younger classrooms. This project brings students’ attention to the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency in a fun and engaging way.
    School: Career and Technology Centre, Calgary

    Introducing Solar Race Cars to the classroom! This team of high school students will be developing solar car prototypes and sharing their knowledge with students from younger classrooms. This project brings students’ attention to the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency in a fun and engaging way.