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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

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School Gardens Galore

Building, planting, weeding, watering: a lot of work goes into a garden, and all around the province students have been busy exercising their green thumbs with the help of teachers, parents, and community members. Way to go, Nova Scotia! Find us on Facebook to take a virtual walk through some of these amazing green spaces […]

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Meet Katie!

At 16 years old, Katie McKay knows that taking care of the planet is as important as getting good grades. This grade 11 student at Parrsboro Regional High School is an artisan, environmentalist, and budding entrepreneur—not to mention a leader for her school’s Green Team. Drawing inspiration from the acres of fields and forests surrounding […]

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Community Action for Change

“With youth engagement comes healthy communities, and with healthy communities comes a happier planet.” This was the theme behind Auburn Drive High School’s recent “Community Action for Change” Earth Day assembly. Guests from If You Build It and Clean Nova Scotia, among other community leaders, were on hand to speak on a range of topics […]

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Green Projects for Earth Day

Earth Day is upon us and we’re kicking things off early with a few green activities to help you celebrate. Vertical wall gardens, bird feeder posters, and octopus rain barrels are just a few of the cool DIY projects we’ve put together to make this Earth Day the best yet. Check out our Facebook page and […]

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Green Plans Afoot at We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School

With support from two community grants, We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School is hard at work preparing for the construction of a new greenhouse this spring. The greenhouse is the latest project in the school’s ongoing efforts to spruce up their schoolyard, joining a host of cedar and fruit trees planted on the grounds last year. Plans are […]

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Environmental Ministers Head Up Tompkins Memorial Green Team

There’s something unique about the student government at Tompkins Memorial Elementary School: each class, besides having a prime minister and treasurer, has an environmental minister! How cool is that? It’s these six students, plus an entire grade five class, that form the school’s Green Team and together they have big plans to rally everyone—students, teachers, […]

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Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy Receives Jack Layton Award

Did you know that the 2013 Learning for a Sustainable Future Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability was awarded to a Green School right here in Nova Scotia? Out of more than 120 amazing school action projects from across the nation, Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy’s Green Team took home this prestigious honour for […]

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Leading the Way

Grade five students at Joseph Giles Elementary are leading a number of cool green projects at their school, from recycling to growing their own vegetables. The best part? They’re taking their peers along for the ride: inspiring and mentoring younger grades to go green, too. Primary teacher Mary Anne McGillivray tells us her class pairs […]

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A Green New Year

Walk to school, unplug electronics, skip bottled water: what are your plans for a greener year? Changing your environmental habits, however large or small, can have a huge impact on your school, community, and world—and the time to start is now! With more schools than ever joining the Green Schools movement (Psst! Registration is still open!), […]

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas?

The holidays are here, and students from Cape Breton to Yarmouth have found some clever ways to make their Christmas a little greener. Green Teams are transforming old cards into gift tags, collecting and re-distributing reusable gift bags to cut down on wrapping paper waste, trimming green Christmas trees with handmade and upcycled ornaments, and […]

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Shelburne Regional High Goes Local

Shelburne Regional High’s Green Team once again hosted their annual Harvest Market to showcase local producers and makers of delicious edibles. With support from Clean Nova Scotia’s Farm to School program and Community Food Security–Shelburne Seeds, students sampled everything from soup to sushi while exploring issues like food security and the importance of supporting local. […]

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Calling All Green Teams!

Viewfinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth takes place April 6-12, 2014 and the Green Screen Film Competition is one contest we will definitely be watching. Presented by Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Resource Recovery Fund Board, this competition showcases youth-made films about energy efficiency and waste diversion. Think your Green Team has what it takes […]

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NRHS 2013 Environmental Conference

Yesterday, Northumberland Regional High School’s Green Team hosted their 2013 Environmental Conference: LEN-S (Loving Earth Now–Sustainably): a day-long special event designed to change the way their peers think about the environment. Experts from around the province visited the school to deliver presentations to more than 200 students on a range of topics including waste management, […]

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A Green Blueprint for Munro Academy

Pulling double duty as Principal and Green Team Leader at Munro Academy, Doug Beane is very enthusiastic about greening his school. In March, students at this private school in Sydney Mines will transition into a new building and they are working hard to make it as green as possible—from the playground and green roof right […]

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They’ve Hit the Ground Running

October has been a productive month for the Green Team at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. Team Leader Cailen Smith tells us students are busy making plans to host a Swishing Party at the school: a fun clothes-swapping event that promises to be easy on wallets and the planet. Waste Check, the regional authority on […]

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Green Teams are Mobilizing: Is Your School Next?

Only three weeks in and already more than 30 schools have joined Green Schools for the 2013/2014 year. From Cape Breton to Yarmouth and dozens of communities in between, schools from all corners of the province are jumping on the Green Schools bandwagon and we’re tickled “green” to hear it. Check out the School Map […]

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Green Schools is Back!

Energy conservation, composting, recycling, reusing: awesome things are happening in our schools to foster a culture of environmental sustainability and Green Schools Nova Scotia is right in the thick of it. Efficiency Nova Scotia is thrilled to continue this fantastic initiative that teaches students smart energy efficient habits and helps schools reduce their environmental footprint. […]

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New technology helps Nova Scotia students “green” their schools

As Nova Scotia students get their school year underway, new technology offered through the Green Schools program will help change the way they think about energy and the environment. Green Schools Nova Scotia started in 2011 as a pilot project in 16 schools and has grown to include nearly 60 schools across the province. Funded […]

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Energy efficiency – there’s an app for that!

Efficiency Nova Scotia is kicking-off its one-year partnership with the Discovery Centre with the release of Canada’s first energy efficiency game app: Spot it!

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International energy efficiency expertise coming to Nova Scotia

Energy experts from around the world will be visiting Nova Scotia for the second annual Bright Business conference presented by Efficiency Nova Scotia in mid-October.

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Keep cool this summer while keeping money in your pocket

Even nearing the end of summer, Nova Scotia can still see scorching temperatures and finding ways to keep cool does not have to be difficult and pricey. Efficiency Nova Scotia has some easy and cost- effective tips to help you beat the heat – and save energy.

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FAQs

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: How do I access My Green Space?

    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 (brittany@greenschoolsns.ca). Students who are members of a Green Team can obtain their username and password from their Green Team Leader.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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 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.

  • Q: Our team needs help. Who should we contact?

    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 brittany@greenschoolsns.ca.

  • Q: What’s the online calculator about, anyway?

    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!

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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, strategists, and designers at Impact Communications Group administer the day-to-day program requirements on behalf of Efficiency Nova Scotia.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: Is there a program resource for Green Schools?

    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.

  • Q: How do I register my school?

    Register online or contact us at info@greenschoolsns.ca.

  • Q: 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.

  • Q: 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. Register online or contact us at info@greenschoolsns.ca.

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