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2017 Greenest School in Canada

Winning school to receive $2,000 prize to use toward a green activity

Ottawa, ON – November 2, 2016 – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools announced the opening of the fourth annual Greenest School in Canada competition. The competition seeks to highlight kindergarten to Grade 12 schools across the country that exemplify how sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school. The winning school receives $2,000 in prize money to use toward a green activity, and will be submitted as the official Canadian entry into the Greenest School on Earth competition, awarded annually by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Schools offering grades between K and 12 are eligible to participate in the Greenest School in Canada competition, and will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact.
  2. Enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff.
  3. Emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

As indicated by this year's winning project, the Career and Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School in Calgary, a green school is not defined simply by having green infrastructure, it is a school that minimizes environmental impacts in a variety of ways including: empowering educators with a curriculum to foster a generation of environmentally literate students, creating healthier spaces inside and outside where students learn and play, and working with surrounding communities to encourage sustainability on a neighbourhood scale.

Read about the 2016 winning schools here.

New this year, the CaGBC is offering a free “Tips and Tricks” webinar on January 25 for schools who have questions or need advice related to their submission. It will be hosted by two teachers whose schools are previous competition winners:

  • David Gordon from Dunbarton High School in Pickering, ON, which won Greenest School in Canada and Greenest School on Earth for 2014; and
  • Adam Robb from The Career and Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School in Calgary, AB, which won Greenest School in Canada 2016.

The online submission form can be started here. Apart from the online form, schools can also submit a video application to demonstrate their efforts. All schools wishing to apply to the Greenest School in Canada competition must submit by April 30, 2017, through CaGBC's competition website. A jury of green building industry experts from across the country will review submissions in early summer, and the top three winning schools will be announced in September 2017.

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About CaGBC
The CaGBC (www.cagbc.org) is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 20,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC is the license holder of the LEED® green building rating system in Canada, supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. We are also a member of the World Green Building Council supporting international efforts to reduce environmental impacts from the built environment.

About the Canada Coalition for Green Schools
The CaGBC joined the Global Coalition for Green Schools as a founding member in 2013, and went on to form the Canada Coalition for Green Schools (www.cagbc.org/greenschools) in November 2013. The Canadian coalition is comprised of members of the green building industry contributing their time and expertise to support communities in the transformation of their schools. This will be achieved through a variety of initiatives, including: Green Apple Day of Service, the Greenest School in Canada and on Earth competitions, and attending the Global Coalition for Green Schools Annual Summit