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 Gardens for Generations

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    03 Mar 2020

    Parkview School

    Students in the Environment and Social Justice Club at Parkview School are eager to get close to nature and a little bit dirty by creating a school garden. Not only will the garden be enjoyed by pollinators and students at Parkview, but it will also be used by the neighboring preschool and junior high school.


  • 2019-2020 Waste Wise

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    03 Mar 2020

    Westwood Community High School

    Compost creation! Students at Westwood Community High School want to make a difference, not just in their school but also in their greater community. They will be educating families within their community about the importance of composing and providing the tools needed to reduce food waste in the landfill through their project.


  • 2019-2020 Save our Air

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    03 Mar 2020

    École des Beaux-Lacs

    Grade 5 students at Ecole des Beux-Lacs are taking environmental stewardship action to help protect their air and local environment. They will work together to reduce the number of idling vehicles at their school and increase the amount of recycling at their school through direct and meaningful educational activities targeted at parents and fellow students.


  • 2019-2020 Leading Students to Enhanced Sustainability in the Culinary Kitchen

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    03 Mar 2020

    James Fowler High School

    Students at James Fowler High School are working together to reduce their environmental impact by maintaining a hydroponic tower to grow local fruits and vegetables. Using their community connections they plan on collaborating with a wide array of local experts to turn their project into a reality.


  • 2019-2020 In-School Hydroponics Gardening System

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    03 Mar 2020

    Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab Campus

    Elementary and junior high school students at the Calgary Islamic School, OBK Campus are eager to reduce their carbon footprints and water use by creating a hydroponics garden that uses rainwater. They’ll be working with the garden through various curriculum connections.


  • 2019-2020 Green Education Renovations

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    03 Mar 2020

    Central Memorial High School

    The foyer at Central Memorial High School was looking a little dreary, so students are taking matters into their own hands to make the space more welcoming for everyone while providing a meaningful environmental learning opportunity. They’re creating a green-roof model and educational material on indigenous topics, the land, climate change and green roofs, which will be on display throughout the year.



  • 2018-2019 Alberta Energy Audit

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    01 Mar 2019

    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

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    01 Mar 2019

    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

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    01 Mar 2019

    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

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    01 Mar 2019

    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.