Introducing Efficiency Nova Scotia, Green Schools Bright Futures Award

Hello Educators and Students! We now have a bursary for students heading to NSCC in the Fall!

We are accepting applications for our new bursary with Efficiency Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Community College! We want to inspire youth to join green careers and we hope this opportunity will support students in Nova Scotia to reach their full potential!

There are 5 awards being offered for the Efficiency Nova Scotia Bright Futures Award.

$2,000 award - Diversity & Inclusivity award

4 x $1,500 awards

Southern NS (South Shore and Valley)

Halifax (HRM)

Northern NS (Shubenacadie-Canso Causeway)

Cape Breton 

What does this mean? It means you can actually apply no matter where you are based in Nova Scotia and that is a huge bonus!


Applicants must plan on being enrolled in one of the following NSCC programs (a “Program”):

  • Electrical Technician
  • Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology (ESET)
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – Geothermal


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Entering year one in one of the above-listed Programs at NSCC;

2. Submit a brief essay on the topic of: How could your career advance efficiency and the ways we use energy in Nova Scotia in the next 10 years?

4. Applicants from an equity-seeking group are eligible for a diversity-specific award of $2,000.


More information can be found:


The Efficiency Nova Scotia Bright Futures Award - NSCC Student Awards (

The Efficiency Nova Scotia Bright Futures Diversity Award - NSCC Student Awards (


How Green School Resources are Used Outside of the Classroom

Natalie McMaster, our Engagement Officer in the South Shore recently received a request from a friend who is a professor at Saint Francis Xavier University. Her friend was asked to participate in Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities (CMTOLC) program.

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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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