“My mind has been buzzing the entire weekend here because of the many solutions we could put into action in the future to help the environment” Pascale, Generate 2015 Student
At the core of the Generate summit are the energy education projects, with the ultimate goal being that the teams gain knowledge, perspective and tools to ensure their projects have a lasting legacy within their communities. We are excited to hear where these projects may lead the students in the long-term!
Westwood High School
This group of students created a sustainability day for their school. The sustainability day aims to show students within the school how amazing it can be to be an environmental steward, and demonstrate how innovative technology is shaping an easier path for people to be aware of the conditions of the Earth. By using VR headsets, tablets, and a variety of technology, we plan on creating a 30-minute event during our school lunchtime that will help bring awareness about the environment to more youth. The goal is to expand the sustainability day for our school district and pave the way for this day to be adopted into a district-wide Wood Buffalo Student Sustainability Day.
Western Canada High School
This team’s project was to offset the carbon footprint of their gym for one semester by using Bullfrog Green Energy. Over the course of the school year, students ran various fundraisers including bake sales, weekly bottle drives, and an ice cream sale. All of the money raised helped the school combat climate change and offset our carbon footprint.
This group of students project is to create a presentation about climate change for students between the first and sixth grade. The goal is to promote interest and innovation in these fields by providing the kids’ information through a presentation and games such as a conserving energy bingo for students to take part in educating them about small changes they can make such as the difference between a standard light bulb and an LED one, taking shorter showers, using a reusable water bottle and exploring outdoors rather than playing on electronics.
St. Paul Regional High School
This team created, Charger Wars, a competition between different classes to log as many Kilowatt-hours as possible to charge their phones with solar energy from their school’s rooftop solar panels teaching students about alternative energy supplies! The team then tracked the amount of kWh being used and the charging peaks throughout the week.
Ross Shepard High School
These students are planning on helping their school become more environmentally friendly by reducing the total waste being created by the school by ensuring paper and plastic recycling gets separated and a composting program is initiated to make use of our organic waste.
Energetic Learning Campus
This team created the Gener8ing Change – One Lesson at a Time – the goal being to create lesson plans, project concepts, and rubrics to help teachers educate their students about climate change and what they can do to make a positive change.
Medicine Hat High School
This team created the Earth Club Project to decrease waste and increase awareness about the use of single-use products with different initiatives such as a grounds clean-up event, bake sale, travel cup fundraiser and recycling project. To do this, the team is taking steps to increase the ease and ability to recycle and replace some products with alternatives that are more earth-friendly.
Matthew Halton High School
These students are busy at work on several environmental projects in their school and communities. A highlight project being their Solar for Schools Program. A program to install solar panels on the roof of Matthew Halton High School to offset the cost of electricity at their school. Over 90% of the 152 students polled were in favor of this action!
Lacombe Composite High School
The ‘Roof 4 Kids’ project is an agricultural multipurpose classroom made from repurposed sea containers (walls), local timber and insulation straw bales built, operated and utilized by the school, community, businesses, and farmers. This project will include a living roof, animal sanctuaries, microclimate garden, and renewable energy systems.
Jasper High School
This team is aspiring to safely manage the production of biodiesel for local vehicles in collaboration with various individuals, businesses and organizations. The intent of this project is to recycle used restaurant oils and reduce the use of fossil fuels in their community of Jasper.
Fairview High School
These students are building a solar farm on the roof of Fairview High School. This solar station would provide the school with a renewable source of energy and would allow a hands-on teachable device about renewable energy options. The energy produced by the array would allow a long term reduction of the buildings energy costs and an overall smaller carbon footprint.
Ecole McTavish Public High School
This team is adding to its school environmental initiative by creating an outdoor green space to promote environmental advocacy and literacy. They surveyed, researched and presented their proposal to the parent council for support.
Dawson Creek Secondary School
This group of students is using their knowledge gained at Generate to create The Plastic Project, challenging another school to bring in plastic bags to be upcycled into something new. The goal is to educate students and teachers to reduce the use of single-use plastics.
Cold Lake High School
This group did research on hand dryers vs paper towels to find out which is a more environmentally-friendly choice. They concluded that the cost to operate energy-efficient dryers is $34 per year in energy consumption (98% less to paper towel costs).
The club is now fundraising to put two Dyson hand dryers in their school washrooms hoping that this will create systemic change in their school division and that every washroom facility will be fitted with hand dryers.
Building Futures (WH Croxford High School)
This team is taking on a Do-It-Yourself aquaponics system which they will showcase at their school’s learning exhibition. The idea is to create a functioning aquaponics system along with detailed building instructions to empower others to grow their own food. In the words of the team: “…we feel our project is able to speak to a growing sentiment of citizens to create DIY projects that help in achieving a more sustainable future.”
Canmore Collegiate High School
These students have identified potential inefficiencies in energy use at their school and are taking on an energy audit to pinpoint the worst culprits. They are then going to raise awareness through an education campaign with the school population to get others on board with improving energy efficiency.
Charles Spencer High School
The students at Charles Spencer are spreading their environmental knowledge to younger students! They are organizing an energy learning day for Grade 4 students from a neighbouring school.
Chief Napeweaw Comprehensive School
Chief Napeweaw students want to take a bite out of the food waste they have observed at their school. They will gather information about food waste from the community and develop an awareness campaign to reduce food waste in their community.
Cold Lake High School
The Cold Lake High School team is promoting healthy choices for people and the planet by installing water bottle refill stations at their school. The installation paired with an educational video and fundraising is hoped to bring about a change in attitude at the school regarding energy use.
Headway students are organizing a Stewardship Day at their school to educate their peers about energy stewardship. They will fundraise to gather resources to run the stations at their Stewardship Day, and also hope to begin an energy audit of their school using the Green Home Energy Kit.
Lord Beaverbrook High School
Students in the environment club at Lord Beaverbrook teamed up with a local church as well as construction and Adaptive Learning students from their school for their project. This teamwork allowed the group to construct a square foot garden, and educate community members about it. The group’s vision is to promote conservation and sustainability – which they did to a tee with their garden building and community education.
Medicine Hat High School
These students from one of Canada’s sunniest cities are looking to capitalize on their sun resource by proposing the installation of solar photovoltaic cells on the roof of their school.
Piikani Nation Secondary School
These students are planning to present a proposal for more solar panels at their school to the many involved stakeholders including their school, the board, the chief and council and local companies. To complement the solar panel installation, the students will also educate their peers about renewable energy using small solar cars.
Spruce Grove Composite High
These students are taking waste from their foods classroom and turning it into soil for their school gardens by implementing a composting program. Not only will they be diverting organic waste from the garbage, but they will also be raising awareness about alternative ways to use food waste!
This team is planning a 24-h bike-a-thon to raise funds for energy efficient water fountains for their school. They will also be raising awareness about energy efficiency in their school through this event, and bringing the entire community into the process of increasing energy efficiency at their school.
Two Hills School
This team is looking to work together with the town and agricultural society to start up a community garden to beautify the town and provide affordable produce for members of the community.
Wainwright High School
Students at Wainwright have received a grant to install a solar charging station in their school! The station will allow for education of fellow classmates about solar and other renewable energies, and act as a stepping stone for examining solar projects in the greenhouse setting.
West Central High School
After attending Generate, these students established an eco-club at their school to encourage involvement in sustainability and environmental issues around their school. The team has several projects lined up for the short- and long-term, including water bottle refilling stations, solar charging stations, tree planters for the school grounds, outdoor recycling containers and youth engagement.
Charles Spencer High School, Grande Prairie
This team’s school opened its doors in September 2014, and the team immediately saw room for improvement regarding facility use. The team calculated the potential savings of turning the school’s lights off over night and presented this information throughout the school as well as to school staff and members of central office. A committee is being formed to monitor the program.
École Desrochers, Jasper
Upon returning from Generate 2015, the team connected with Jasper High School to develop programs to educate K-12 students on energy production, consumption and conservation. They have since applied for an A+ for Energy grant to purchase equipment for a net zero portable classroom which will be used in the education programs.
Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School, Calgary
While attending Generate 2015, this team realized that they needed to take a step back before going forward with their larger goal of retrofitting the school bathrooms. Identifying that their school needed a culture shift focusing on environmental sustainability was the biggest take-home message from the Summit. The team started with organizing an Earth Week celebration to educate their school on environmental issues and followed up with creating a composting space in the school cafeteria called “Compost Corner.”
Forestburg School, Forestburg
This team is writing the first chapter of its school’s energy story by planning and hosting an energy education event for Grades 4 – 7 called Energy Around Us. The event will include sessions on energy sources, a game reviewing the energy sources, and a community specific energy story.
Langdon School, Langdon
This team took the learnings from one of the Projects in Motion sessions and have starting laying the foundation for an eco-club in their K – 9 school.
Medicine Hat High School, Medicine Hat
These students are the executive members of Medicine Hat High School’s Youth for Environmental Sustainability (YES) club and are focusing their energy on a citizenship project encouraging its city to be more proactive about recycling.
Peace River High, Peace River
With the northern climate this team had plans to keep warm by building a solar heater!
Robert Thirsk High School, Calgary
Leaving the summit with several take-home messages, this team strives to increase their eco-club’s, Ingenium, membership and legacy, as well as researching ways its school can generate some of its own electricity.
Rocky Lane Public School, Fort Vermillion
What better why to inspire environmental and energy stewardship than by keeping it front of mind? The team is researching grant opportunities and fundraising ideas to incorporate energy efficient and waste reduction elements, such as low energy lighting solar chargers and recycling bins, to the school’s new student lounge. In addition to this, Rocky Lane Public has also applied for a grant to add solar panels to the school farm: Rocky Acres.
School of Alternative Education, Edmonton
Research is currently underway to determine the most efficient way to collect rain water and snow melt, which will be used by the school’s plants. This project will stretch across several seasons, and the team is already thinking ahead with a succession plan in place. With several campuses located throughout Edmonton, this team’s project is sure to have widespread impact.
Sherwood Park Next Step Senior High, Sherwood Park
The momentum the team gained from Generate 2015 resulted in the creation of the Next Step Environmental Action Team (NEAT). The action team hosted its first event on Earth Day 2015 and built a community garden in Sherwood Park.
Sundre High School, Sundre
This team is all about efficiencies with the goal of reducing water and natural gas consumption in their school. Plans are in place to apply for grants to offset the costs of retrofitting school taps with low-flow automatic taps and faucets.
École Voyageur, Cold Lake
In order to improve the indoor air quality and aesthetics in their school, this team plans to install a living wall. To date they have done extensive research on living walls, applied for grants, and shared information with the school’s administration and students.
CBe-learn and Career & Technology Centre, Calgary
A unique group of students from different schools across Calgary will combine their knowledge and expertise through the publication of a children’s book that will highlight energy literacy for up and coming energy leaders.
Chief Napeweaw Comprehensive School, Frog Lake
With so much information generated at the Summit, this team is turning their attention to learning about their community.
They plan to research the local oil and gas operations to discover where development is occurring on traditional lands.
Forest Lawn High School, Calgary
This team is going to transform the energy from the Summit into mechanical energy by connecting their school’s fitness equipment to electrical generators to bring new life to their gym while they keep fit and have fun.
Fort Saskatchewan High School, Fort Saskatchewan
This team is full of energy and ideas. They were so inspired by Generate 2013 that they are planning their own summit to share the information across the Elk Island School Division!
Holy Trinity Academy, Drayton Valley
A community-minded team that plans on sharing Generate knowledge with their town by hosting education events such as recycling and composting workshops and building solar lanterns.
Hughenden Public School, Hughenden
One of the key concepts this teams wants to share is about our oil sands. Struck by the new information on SAGD technology and the misconceptions among their friends and family, this team is going to set the record straight through “Have you heard about the oil sands?” presentations.
J. Percy Page High School, Edmonton
The team from J. Percy Page is getting their creative juices flowing by putting together a series of energy literacy information posters that will be put up around the school. This, along with a student-led initiative to install water bottle foundations, highlights their commitment to the environment.
Jasper Junior/Senior High School
Jasper is thinking sustainability and this group was keen on engineering. With this they are retrofitting and revitalizing one of their portable classrooms to have a Net Zero design.
Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, Lloydminster
This team knows how important it is to share energy and environmental literacy with their peers, and they know their fellow students are eager to take the message to the next level at their school. Culminating with the inception of Lloydminster High School’s Environment and Sustainability Club.
Lord Beaverbrook High School, Calgary
This team will cycle their way to energy efficiency and lower emissions with plans for a bicycle rally, long distance bike trips and the purchase of a bike generator. Pedal Power!
Medicine Hat High School, Medicine Hat
A series of small changes will make a big impact in Southern Alberta. This team is going to share their experience by hosting events for their peers, and have plans to build water filters, solar lanterns, install energy monitors and implement a school-wide recycling program.
Mistassiniy School, Wabasca
“Tuning in from Generate” the Mistassiniy team is broadcasting energy and environmental literacy across the school on their closed circuit televisions. Plans to generate electricity using bicycle generators are also underway.
Oilfields High School, Black Diamond
Two big projects are on the horizon as students from Oilfields High School put their energy literacy to action. They will implement a school-wide recycling program and educate their peers on the importance and value of paying attention to the products we consume.
Peace River High School, Peace River
Inspired by our Generate energy audit, calculating carbon will be the motto for the upcoming weeks at Peace High as this team strives to evaluate their school’s carbon footprint.
Ponoka Composite High School, Ponoka
There’s a bright future for this team as they expand upon their solar panel project and generate excitement about energy and sustainability in their school and community.
Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton
Through their well-established SLISE (Student-Led Initiatives for Sustainability Education) program, this team will use their installed solar panels and smart meters to measure and off-set their school’s carbon footprint.
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, Okotoks
Big projects are being planned in Okotoks; building from the community’s interest in sustainable development, the team will bring the outdoors inside through the installation of a living wall where plants will help transform the air and environment in the school.
Tsuu T’ina High School, Tsuu T’ina
Stewardship and the environment were key themes that this team wanted their peers to recognize as they bring new life and better air to Tsuu T’ina. They are working with renewed energy on their plans to construct a living wall in their school.
Generate 2011 sparked many ideas for meaningful energy projects in schools and communities across Alberta. The stories below are a summary of the hard work and commitment of a truly amazing group of students and teachers.
Lloydminster Comprehensive High School
Alternative Energy and You
The environment club at LCHS really gained momentum at Generate 2011 and they are ready to share their knowledge and experience with the entire school. These exemplary students have designed a presentation that showcases alternative energy and highlights Alberta’s role in long term sustainable energy solutions. Using videos, smartboards, and models the team visited different classes throughout the month of May to engage and educate the staff and students in their school.
Kainai School, Cardston
Energy Workshop, June 9, 2011
The Kainai energy literacy team represents a new voice and a new vision for Kainai School. They have been busy putting together daylong workshop that will kick start their long term goal for school-based sustainability and increased awareness about energy development in their community. The team has planned a variety of hands on activities including building solar lanterns and solar cars, and planting native and medicinal plants with community elders.
Fox Creek School, Fox Creek
Energy Conservation and YOU
What is energy? What is energy conservation? What can I do to make a difference? Ask the Fox Creek team, they have put together specialized education plans for each grade level in their school! Including activities and discussions these dynamic presentations are sure raise awareness and get every student involved. Everyone will also be asked to sign an energy stewardship contract to show his or her personal commitment to making a difference.
M.E. LaZerte School, Edmonton
Building New Roots
This busy school in the heart of Edmonton wants to showcase their learning their doorstep. Plans for exterior solar lighting and a schoolyard revegetation / revitalization project will bring new life to the school and community. This dedicated team of staff and students are working hard to enlist the help of the City, the school board, community league and local business to get their project underway. Collaboration is the key to success.
Memorial Composite High School, Stony Plain
Reaching out: school, community and global connections
Inspired by similar groups they met at the summit, April 1 marked the beginning of a new influence at Memorial Composite – the Gener8 Green Club. The club will hit the ground running armed with information, experience and connections from Generate 2011. They already have plans for school-based initiatives such as recycling programs, composting and a new school garden! Welcome and good luck to the all the present and future members of the Gener8 Green Club.
Westwood Community High School, Fort McMurray
Education and Engagement the Westwood Way
This dedicated Generate team has a multi-faceted plan that will promote education and awareness. Working together with the eco-club, social studies classes, and school staff, this team hopes to make sustainability part of everyday life at Westwood. Starting with a locker clean up that will look a little different when this team ensures recycling bins and donation boxes collect all the waste that was once wasted. Ideas and energy are apparent in this team that is also promoting recycling and compositing projects at Westwood and other schools, writing letters to City Council to showcase their efforts, and have putting together a schoolyard naturalization project. WOW!
St. Augustine School, Ponoka
Energy Awareness Week – May 2-6, 2011
UCAN! (Understanding Conservation And New Ideas)
Stewardship and energy literacy came to life during this exciting week at St. Augustine. This team is getting the whole school involved for a week focused on personal action. Join the students each day of the week by participating in your school, home or office; turn off the lights on Medieval Monday, bring your reusable water bottle on Thirsty Tuesday, get out and about on Walking Wednesday, think green on Thoughtful Thursday and drive your friends around on Carpool Frenzy Friday! Join in with Ponoka and make a difference.
Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton
Smart Metering = A Smart Idea
The student leadership team is thinking long term with their goal of installing smart energy meters to monitor the schools electrical consumption. Connecting smart meters to their recently installed solar modules is an exciting opportunity to explore emerging technologies and innovations in renewable energy. They will use the data they collect to help guide the schools conservation and energy reduction efforts and increase awareness. The system will also function as a long-term cross-curricular learning tool using the data in their math, science and social studies classes.
Winston Churchill High School, Pincher Creek
Orange and Blue and GREEN TOO!
The team that attended Generate 2011, along with their peers in the Environment Club, is doing their part to advance energy literacy in the province. They are putting together a video that highlights Alberta’s energy sources with a focus on methods to reduce energy consumption such as recycling. The video will be presented to the whole school in September and will set the stage for a year focused on sustainability.
Calgary Academy, Calgary
Energized about energy conservation
Recycling is now a way of life at Calgary Academy as this team worked hard to ensure labeled bins made it easy for their peers to toss appropriately. This team was so energized by their first initiative they are now perusing a no-idling campaign. With energy conservation as the theme they are working towards “idle-free zone” signs for their parking lot and educational events like solar powered car races and energy saving days where everyone is encouraged to walk, bike, run or carpool to school.
W.G. Murdoch High School, Crossfield
The 3 E’s of environmental awareness = eagerness, excitement and enthusiasm!
The last week of May will be an exciting time for the staff and students at W.G. Murdoch! With 4 full days of presentations, games and challenges this team hopes to use the ideas and knowledge gained at Generate 2011 to increase awareness about energy in Alberta and all the actions everyone can take to lessen their own environmental footprint.