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Update to The Greenest School in Canada Competition

Update to the Greenest School in Canada competition

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 in schools across the country, we are suspending the competition to allow schools to focus on educational program delivery and the safety of students and staff.

In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the criteria and submission process for when the contest opens.

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Criteria and Eligibility


In consideration of the current COVID-19 situation and the impact on schools across Canada, CaGBC has decided to postpone Greenest School in Canada. As schools and teachers continue to deliver online or hybrid lessons, their attention will be focused on ensuring the safety and best learning outcomes for students. CaGBC will relaunch the program when schools return to normal and are ablet to resume their sustainability programming.

Criteria and eligibility

Demonstrate how your school is educating students about sustainability. Schools that offer any grade from kindergarten to Grade 12 in Canada are eligible to participate in the Greenest School in Canada competition, and will be judged on criteria including: efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

The types of questions we ask competing schools to answer include:

  • How is environmental education emphasized at your school?
  • Tell us about any conservation programs and efforts your school implements to minimize negative impacts on the environment.
  • Is the school is involved with community initiatives and if so, how?

While green, high-performing schools are welcome to apply, this competition is not focused on the physical building. Rather, we are looking for schools that are weaving sustainability education into their curriculum and bringing programs and activities to students that encourage awareness about the environment.



Need more information? Read our FAQs now. If you have any additional questions about submission criteria, the submission form or video guidelines, or green schools in general, email us.