Elementary to secondary schools across the country looking to earn recognition for sustainable initiatives are eligible to enter the 2015 Greenest School in Canada competition.
The joint venture between the Canada Coalition for Green Schools and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) honours schools that practice and encourage sustainability.
Or, as Thomas Mueller, president and chief executive officer of CaGBC, highlighted, such schools “prepare the next generation of leaders in thinking differently about how we can find solutions to our most pressing environmental issues.”
More specifically, criteria for the 2nd annual competition will be based on efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact, enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff, and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.
A full submission form and optional video application can be found on CaGBC’s competition website. Submissions must be received by June 1, 2015. Winners will be announced in September.
Dunbarton High School, last year’s winner based in Pickering, Ont., was awarded for its various sustainable projects. The school created “bee condos” to encourage pollination, collected organic waste and involved students in energy and water audits, among other initiatives.