Environmental Student Action Challenge

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Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Student Action Challenge! Applications for the 2020-2021 program are now closed. Stay up-to-date on funded projects on this page!


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 Environmental Student Action Challenge invites Alberta students from kindergarten to grade 12 to develop a school-based initiative or project that will help minimize 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).

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 Environmental 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!

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Student Action Challenge! Applications for the 2020-2021 program are now closed. Stay up-to-date on funded projects on this page!


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 Environmental Student Action Challenge invites Alberta students from kindergarten to grade 12 to develop a school-based initiative or project that will help minimize 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).

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 Environmental 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!

  • 2019-2020 CSA Kitchen Takeover

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    03 Mar 2020

    Robert Thirsk High School

    Students at Robert Thirsk High School are taking local food sustainability seriously! They’re working with a local group to educate students on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and making delicious meals with local produce through their cook trades class, reducing the carbon footprint of their food transportation.


  • 2019-2020 Solar Panel Project

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    03 Mar 2020

    Queen Elizabeth High School

    Students at Queen Elizabeth High School are going to have a lasting impact on their school’s environmental footprint this year and for many years to come by installing solar panels on their school roof. They will use an energy calculator to see just how much of an impact they have made and share the information they learn with the broader community.


  • 2019-2020 Roofs 4 Kids

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    03 Mar 2020

    Lacombe Composite High School

    Goats galore! Students at Lacombe Composite High School will have new neighbors once their Roofs 4 Kids project is complete. EcoVision students are building an animal sanctuary with a living roof to house some goats, which will eat the invasive weeds around the school yard and lead to the development of a new Animal Husbandry program at the school.


  • 2019-2020 John Davidson School Goes Green!

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    03 Mar 2020

    John Davidson School

    Students from John Davidson School are ready to make a significant environmental difference by incorporating recycling into their everyday activities. Students will work on educating one another and their community about the benefits of recycling, leaving a legacy for future students.


  • 2019-2020 Spanish Valley Project

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    03 Mar 2020

    Collingwood Elementary School

    Students at Collingwood Elementary School and partnering schools are going to leave a life-long legacy by planning 5,000 trees – enough to offset their school’s environmental footprint for a year. This Spanish Valley will be created in conjunction with the Tsuu T’ina First Nations group and W.O. Mitchell School.


  • 2019-2020 We Can Sea Can

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    03 Mar 2020

    Career and Technology Centre

    Taking community gardening to a whole new level! Students at the Career and Technology Centre are embarking on an ambitious, multi-year project by creating a community garden in an old shipping container, complete with solar panels and an indigenous mural. They’ll reduce carbon emissions by creating a sustainable, local food source and build community connections.


  • 2019-2020 Solar Phone Charger

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    03 Mar 2020

    Arbour Lake School

    Students at Arbour Lake School are determined to make an environmental difference in their school by creating a solar-powered phone charging station for staff and students to use. They will be teaching others about the role of renewables and inspiring students to think about the environment when they use electricity.


  • 2019-2020 Schoolyard Design Thinking Revitalization Project

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    03 Mar 2020

    Alpenglow School

    Erosion on a slope in the schoolyard will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the hard work of Grade 5/6 students at Alpenglow School. These students will create a safe and playful space for younger children at the school to learn and grow while reducing human impact on the slope by planting native vegetation to reduce erosion.

  • 2019-2020 Green Initiative

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    03 Mar 2020

    William Aberhart High School

    Reducing stress and promoting local nutrition is key for the Green Initiative project at William Aberhart High School. Students will be creating a Tower Garden and using ecopedagogy concepts to provide local, healthy food options, reduce waste through encouraging reusable containers, and reduce stress.


  • 2019-2020 Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaponics

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    03 Mar 2020

    Queen Elizabeth High School

    Queen Elizabeth High School students are focused on fish and food with their project. Students are creating a living wall and aquaponics garden through partnership and collaboration with local community groups, contributing to food sustainability in their school.