As we work to incorporate sustainability into all forms of the built environment, the CaGBC recognizes that every child deserves to learn and thrive in a safe, healthy environment that inspires them to care more about the planet that they will inherit. This is why we joined the GlobalCoalition for Green Schools as a founding member in 2013 and have now formed a Canada Coalition.
The Canada Coalition is comprised of members of the green building industry contributing their time and expertise to support communities in the transformation of their schools. We will do this through initiatives, including:
- Green Apple Day of Service which mobilizes and equips thousands of communities around the world to participate in local school service projects.
- The Greenest School in Canada competition which names the top three Canadian schools leading the country each year. The winning school receives $2,000 in prize money to use towards a current or new green school project. Register now »
- The Global Twinning Initiative which will match two same grade-level classrooms from different countries and facilitate a student conversation around sustainability concepts and curriculum.
- The Greenest School on Earth Award which annually rewards an outstanding school that demonstrates a strong commitment to educating sustainability natives.
- The Global Coalition for Green Schools Annual Summit that began in October 2013, and will take place each October in congruence with WGBC Congress. It is an opportunity for Coalition members to convene, share best practices and plan for the year ahead.
Canadian green schools
In Canada, there are a number of green schools that are LEED certified and/or working hard to foster the idea of sustainability in action. The schools do this through activities, incorporating green ideas into the curriculum, and through the celebration of the Green Apple Day of Service each September.
Interested in getting involved?
Contact us now and we will help you get involved in other Global Coalition of Green Schools initiatives. Have a great example of green pride at your school, or a way that you’ve incorporated sustainability into your curriculum? We’d love to feature you on our site.
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