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!

  • 2017 - 2018 Roof Runoff and Flowerbeds

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    18 Jan 2018
    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

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    18 Jan 2018
    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

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    18 Jan 2018
    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.