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Eco-Leaders program


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Eco-Leaders is a youth environmental leadership program that helps school-based student teams design and implement an environmental project that aims to solves a real-life problem.

Eco-Leader teams will contribute to environmental solutions that have a positive impact in our community while gaining eco-literacy and eco-leadership skills. Teams will present their findings to Calgary schools and exhibitors at our annual Mayor's Environment Expo.

Eco-Leaders program elements

  • Jan: Eco-Leaders Conference –
    Skills Development
  • Jan - Feb: Eco-Mentor school visits – Project Design
  • Feb - May: Project Implementation – Eco-Mentor Support
  • May: Project Evaluation and Display Preparation
  • June: Showcase – Mayor's Environmental Expo

Eco-Leaders program details


  • School classes and clubs are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are accepted from mid-August until October 14, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Select schools will be notified by mid November, 2016.

Program requirements

  • The time commitment is 60 hours over six months.
  • Each Eco-Leader School must have a minimum of one lead teacher and one support teacher.
  • All Eco-Leader teams are required to attend the Eco-Leader Conference. A lead or support teacher must attend with six to 10 students from the project team.

School Support

  • Students will explore the skills they need for developing projects.
  • An Eco-Mentor will have scheduled visits with teams to help students design and implement their project, and connect students with other experts in the community including staff at The City of Calgary.
  • Project grants ($500 for Elementary Schools and $1,500 for Junior High Schools).
  • Grants are distributed in January.
  • Professional development for teachers.

Mayor's Environment Expo

  • We require Eco-Leader groups to attend the Mayor's Environment Expo on the day they are presenting.
  • The Expo Days are separated into age groups (June 6-8, 2017) and Eco-Leaders will be informed of the day they will be presenting.
  • Each Eco-Leader group will receive one bus to travel to and from the Expo.
  • Additional buses will need to be organized by the Eco-Leader group.

Benefits for participating schools

Eco-Leader students pose for a group selfie with Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the 2015 Mayor's Environment Expo.

Students develop lifelong, transferable skills in leadership, innovation, teamwork and critical thinking and apply these to projects of their design. Projects can have a meaningful impact on schools and surrounding communities, as seen with Captain Nichola Goddard School's award-winning Green Commuting Hub project.

"Cooperation, global citizenship, creativity and leadership are just some of the good qualities that will be developed when participating as an Eco-Leader."

- Catherine Dorsey, Teacher at Panorama Hills School

"The project has exceeded all expectations for our staff and volunteers. The team is already planning for next year."

- Karen Campbell, Principal at Alex Munro School