Welcome to Green Schools. We unite school communities that have one common goal: to adopt smarter energy habits and become more sustainable.
Join the Green Schools movement.
Here at Green Schools Nova Scotia, every day gets a little greener. Green Teams in every corner of the province are making a real difference in their schools, homes, and communities—and they're not done yet!
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Green Schools Nova Scotia unites school communities that have one common goal: to adopt smarter energy habits and become more sustainable.
Energy conservation, composting, recycling, reusing: awesome things are happening in Nova Scotia’s schools to foster a culture of environmental sustainability, and Green Schools Nova Scotia is right in the thick of it.
Brought to you by Efficiency Nova Scotia, Green Schools teaches students about energy efficiency and helps schools reduce their environmental footprint. We work with the whole school—students, staff, parents, and community members—to strengthen positive efforts already underway and help establish new leadership in schools that are ready to go green.
Green Schools believes that even the smallest changes can make a world of difference. We envision schools where students walk, cycle or carpool to class and idle-free zones rule the schoolyard. We imagine cafeterias where composting and litterless lunches are habits not rules. We strive to cultivate schools that are noticed for their beautiful grounds, for the food they grow (and eat!) on the premises, and for how they work together on projects that truly have the power to change our world. Most importantly, we aspire to make every school in Nova Scotia a greener place to learn, work, and play.
Before we know it, using resources efficiently and thinking carefully about our environmental footprint will not be choices—they will be necessities. Green Schools Nova Scotia equips young people with the knowledge and tools they need to steward a changing world, ultimately inspiring the next generation to become champions of sustainability
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.
If you are the Green Team Leader, you must obtain a Green Schools username and password before you can log into the Green Schools website and access your Green Space. This information will be provided to you at the time of registration. If you have not received your username and password, please contact the Green Schools Program Manager, Brittany MacGillivray (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students who are members of a Green Team can obtain their username and password from their Green Team Leader.
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.
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.
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 extra-curricular 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 via the Green Schools website (log in often to learn more, stay in touch, and connect with other Green Teams), your designated School Engagement Officer (at the ready to visit your school and and offer advice when needed), and the Program Guide (contains suggested activities, talking points, and resources). 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.
The Green Schools Engagement Team is here to support you. A School 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 our Green Schools Program Manager, Brittany MacGillivray, at email@example.com.
The Green Schools online calculator is the primary means to track your efforts. Use it to record all you have done at school and at home to become energy efficient and live more sustainably. Even small actions add up, so log your achievements regularly!
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.
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.
Green Schools is an exciting initiative brought to you by Efficiency Nova Scotia. A special team of educators, environmental experts, program developers, strategists, and designers at Impact Communications Group administer the day-to-day program requirements on behalf of Efficiency Nova Scotia.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. The Green Schools Program Guide is available to you at the time of registration. 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.
Register online or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Register online or contact us at email@example.com.