Canada’s Greenest School in 2010

Your Vote Counts!

For the first time ever, Canadians will be able to vote for the school that shows the most commitment and creativity to going green as part of the inaugural search for Canada’s Greenest School. Ten finalists have been selected from a pool of over 100 entries and about 275 student participants nationwide that tout how their schools are committed to being environmentally friendly.

“It’s our first year holding this contest in Canada, and these young students have truly set a new standard in terms of thoughtful, creative entries and I am thrilled to recognize them for their efforts” said Dena Leuchter, integrated marketing communications manager for IC Bus and a contest judge. “I was personally quite touched by the effort that has gone into these submissions. There is no doubt in my mind that environmentalism matters for this young generation. It’s exciting to see so many young Canadians collaborating and sharing ideas.” (IC Bus is headquartered in Warrenville, IL and is Canada’s largest supplier of school busses.)

Though this is the first year in Canada for this competition, it all started in the United States. The Greenest School in America, saw its second year in 2010. In 2009, 760 schools entered the contest in the U.S., where applicants were asked to submit a 500 word essay describing what makes their school “green.” The 2009 winner of the U.S. contest was Irvington High School who reduced their energy consumption by 33% since 2006 and takes part in a food scrap recycling program. 2010 saw an increase in the entries for the American contest where the call for entries was from January 18th to March 8, with 1,600 students participating. The winner for the Greenest School in America was announced on April 27th: Congratulations Grades 3 & 4 from South Shore Charter Public School Norwell, Massachusetts!

The winning school will receive a hybrid school bus from IC Bus, the nation’s largest school bus manufacturer. Each hybrid school bus can increase the fuel efficiency of standard school buses by up to 65 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 percent. The hybrid bus has an estimated retail value of $200,000. The school will also receive a green audit from a LEED Accredited Professional. The student or students who submitted the winning entry will win or share $3,000 toward their education, and their teacher may receive $500 in eco-friendly school supplies.

Winning a bus for a school is a HUGE asset for that school and the community the school supports.

Did you know:

  1. More than 3 million Canadian children ride the school bus daily, saving 1.3 billion litres of fuel each year.
  2. The daily fuel cost to transport a child to school is $3.68 for a private vehicle, but only 73 cents if that child rides a school bus.
  3. If an additional 10 percent of children rode school buses, it could save another 500 million litres of fuel annually.

Entries were judged on creativity and how well they embraced the spirit of their school’s commitment to the environment. The ten finalist entries include newsletters, videos, poems and essays.

The finalists are:

  1. Abbotsford Middle School – Abbotsford, BC
  2. Burnaby North Secondary – Burnaby, BC
  3. Chester Ronning Elementary School – Camrose, AB
  4. Dover Bay Secondary – Nanaimo, BC
  5. Halton Waldorf School – Burlington, ON
  6. Queen Elizabeth Elementary School – Vancouver, BC
  7. Salmon Arm Secondary School – Salmon Arm, BC
  8. Seaway District High School – Iroquois, ON
  9. Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School – Oliver, BC
  10. Windermere Secondary School – Vancouver, BC

Between now and May 5, 2010, Canadians can visit to view entries from the ten finalists and vote for their favorite.

So get VOTING!