Do you think your school is the Greenest in Canada?

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Criteria and Eligibility

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Submission and Review Process

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About the Competition

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2017 Winning schools

First Place
Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, MB

Second Place
Dewdney Elementary School in Dewdney, BC

Third Place
Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver, BC

The CaGBC and the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools searches annually for the Greenest School in Canada – a school at the elementary or secondary level that truly exemplifies how sustainability can be integrally woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school.

What the Greenest School in Canada wins

The winning school will receive $2,000 in prize money to use for a green activity and the coveted title of Greenest School in Canada.

Criteria and eligibility

Demonstrate how you're educating students about sustainability. Schools that offer any grade from kindergarten to grade 12 in Canada are eligible to participate in the Greenest School in Canada competition, and will be judged on criteria including: 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.

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The types of questions we ask competing schools to answer include:

  • How is environmental education emphasized at your school?
  • Tell us about any conservation programs and efforts your school implements to minimize negative impacts on the environment.
  • Is the school is involved with community initiatives and if so, how?
It's not all about having a green school building - we are looking for schools that are weaving sustainability education into their curriculum and bringing programs and activities to students that encourage awareness about the environment.


Submission and review process

Submissions* for the CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition is now closed. Check back in January 2018 for updates.

Review Process:

A jury of green building industry experts from across the country review submissions in early summer, and the top three winning schools will are announced in September.

Submitting a video - videos must be:

  • Sent to via the free file transfer website WeTransfer, or uploaded to YouTube. YouTube submissions must email a link to the video with paper submission.
  • Maximum of three minutes in length.
  • No more than 2GB in size.
  • Must be in a format viewable on both PC and Apple computers.
  • You must have permission from all students in video.

*Submissions must be made by a school official, including a teacher, principal, school board staff member, or member of a parent advisory council. Students are welcome to participate and star in video submissions. Any content submitted (including videos) is done with the knowledge that some or all parts of this content may be used by the Canada Green Building Council in promotional material at any time.

About the competition

The Greenest School in Canada competition was launched in 2014 by the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools, a group comprised of members of the green building industry who are contributing their time and expertise to supporting Canadian communities in the transformation of their schools.

In addition to the Greenest School in Canada competition, schools across the country are also encouraged to submit their green projects and activities to receive a merit certificate, as a part of the Green Apple Program.


If you have any questions about submission criteria, the submission form or video guidelines, or green schools in general, email us at any time and we would be happy to help.