Green Schools Stories

Spring is here, and Green Schools NS Engagement Officers are visiting schools to encourage students to reduce energy consumption, waste less and be sustainable every day! Central/Northern EO Pam kicked-off the school-visiting season by visiting both Shubenacadie District School and Winding River Consolidated School.

In Shubenacadie Pam was able to talk to all the students in the school! And have the opportunity to teach them about energy, and energy efficiency.

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On Saturday, February 23rd, the Living Earth Council hosted their annual Seedy Saturday at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre in Truro. Engagement Officer Pam attended and hosted a Green Schools NS table during this event.

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Whycocomagh Education Centre (WEC) has been part of Green Schools for the last 5 years. During that time, many students received energy efficiency presentations and participated in activities with Engagement Officer Shandel Brown. As a result, the students at WEC have developed a very thorough understanding of where our energy in Nova Scotia comes from, the impact of resource use on the environment, and most importantly, ways that we can be more energy efficient every day.

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Grade 2 students at Thorburn Consolidated School learned a fun way to go green for the holidays! Teacher Mary Webber-Cook wanted to incorporate some fun, hands-on learning for her 18 Grade 2 students who learned a lot about environmental sustainability in Social Studies. The holiday season is known as a time of excessive waste (think of the electricity, wrapping materials, food waste, etc.).

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We know that our energy consumption goes up in the winter. Between heating our homes, needing lights more hours per day because of shorter days, and plugging in our cars so they start in the cold weather, we use a lot of energy in the winter! One important way to save energy and improve our health and well-being is to get outside as often as possible. Winter Walk Day is a reason to go for a walk, ski or snowshoe adventure!

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I had a wonderful time visiting the Environmental Systems and Societies students at Citadel High School in Halifax last month.  The students had been learning about pollution and investigating its connections to commercialism and consumerism. Investigating concepts from 'The Story of Stuff'.

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