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Greening starts at school

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools are commemorating Earth Day with the launch of a new competition for Canadian schools.

A green school is one that minimizes environmental impact, optimizes human health and performance, and fosters a generation of environmentally literate students. Schools offering grades between K-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.

A full submission form can be found here.

The winner of the Greenest School in Canada will receive $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. Winners of the international competition also receive $5,000 to put toward a new or ongoing sustainability project.

“Greener schools are showing important benefits for students of all ages. For example, improved indoor air quality  results in a reduction of up to 65 per cent in asthma cases among elementary students; schools with good daylighting see a 10 per cent increase in student performance; and green schools show a three per cent reduction in teacher turnover,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “Through the Coalition for Green Schools and this competition we want to engage and properly recognize those educators, students, parents and officials who are committed to providing a healthier, greener future for our youth.”

All schools wishing to apply to the Greenest School in Canada competition must submit by June 27 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.

This competition is the second in a series of initiatives being launched by the CaGBC and the Canadian Coalition for Green 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.

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