Your Questions Answered

I’m interested in starting a Green Team at my school. What’s next?

Thank you for your interest in Green Schools Nova Scotia—we’d love for you to join us! Your first step is to register your school and recruit Green Team members. Contact us at info@greenschoolsns.ca or call us at 902-407-2513 and we’ll get you started!

My school registered last year. Should we register again?

Yes. Registration for Green Schools occurs each September for the current school year. Schools that have participated in past years are still required to register each September.

How do I register my school?

Contact us at info@greenschoolsns.ca or call us at 902-407-2513.

Is there a program resource for Green Schools?

Yes. The Green Schools Program Guide is available to download in PDF format right here. Use it to familiarize your Green Team with the initiative and access useful resources to make your Green Schools experience a success. Whether you’re a first-timer or a Green School veteran, every Green Team Leader is encouraged to review this guide before getting started.

How often should our Green Team meet?

Make your meetings a regular thing. Meet at minimum twice a month to brainstorm, plan, and keep your Green Team on track. Create a schedule that works for your team members and stick with it.

Can anyone join a Green Team?

Absolutely! Students, staff, parents, custodians, community members—anyone that’s interested in making your school a greener place is encouraged to join your school’s Green Team.

Can a student lead a Green Team?

We recommend that an interested staff/administrative member or parent lead your school’s Green Team. If you are a high school student interested in a leadership role, try partnering with a staff member to tackle this task together.

Who runs Green Schools Nova Scotia?

Green Schools is an exciting initiative brought to you by Efficiency Nova Scotia. A special team of educators, environmental experts, program developers, and strategists at Thinkwell Shift administer the day-to-day program requirements on behalf of Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Can any school in Nova Scotia join Green Schools?

Green Schools Nova Scotia is a province-wide initiative open to both public and private schools and students from primary to grade twelve. We encourage schools from every corner of the province to participate.

What if the activities we want to try are outside our school’s budget?

Even small, no-to-low-cost changes can make a big difference. Fundraising is an important part of the Green Schools initiative and will help ensure that the activities your Green Team undertakes are successful. Need help? Give us a call.

Our team needs help. Who should we contact?

The Green Schools Engagement Team is here to support you. An Engagement Officer posted in your region will be available to visit your school, help get your team started, and offer support throughout the year. Contact information for your rep will be provided at the time of registration. Should you require additional support, please contact us at info@greenschoolsns.ca .

Our school is already swamped with activities. What resources are available to help make Green Schools an easy project for us to undertake?

Green Schools understands that schools are often inundated with programs and activities, and that there’s often not enough hours in the day to get everything done. We have thoughtfully designed this program to be effortless for everyone involved, especially those on the front line of leadership.

As part of the Green Schools family, you are never alone. Support is available throughout the year here, via the Green Schools website, your designated Engagement Officer (at the ready to visit your school and and offer advice when needed), the Program Guide (contains suggested activities, talking points, and resources), the Calendar (contains suggested activities, curriculum links, and important school and environmental dates), and five different Green School social media channels (find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube). Still not sure if Green Schools is doable? Please contact us. We will work with you to introduce this worthwhile program in a way that makes sense for your school and your students.

Our school already has an active environmental club. Why should we join Green Schools?

Green Schools takes your club to the next level to strengthen positive efforts already underway, provide direction and suggestions, and help connect your eco-savvy school with other like-minded schools across the province. Think of it as a bigger club that you can tap into to get ideas, ask questions, and share your achievements for the world to see.

Who can lead a Green Team?

Teachers, principals, vice principals, students, custodians, librarians, parents, SAC members, educational program assistants, guidance counsellors, community members: anyone that’s interested in making your school a greener place is encouraged to lead your Green Team. If you are a high school student interested in a leadership role, try partnering with an adult mentor from the list above to tackle this task together.

How much does it cost to participate in the Green Schools program?

Nothing! Registration is free, and there are no startup costs or fees associated with participating in Green Schools. We are proud to continue to offer this free program to any school located in the province of Nova Scotia.