The results are in, and for the seventh year in a row, Canadian classrooms have demonstrated that when it comes to energy, the future is in good hands.
At the close of this year's Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), Canada's only energy literacy program where students compete for more than 100 prizes totalling $40,000, participating classrooms had logged 4,671 hours without power, saved 236,741 litres of water, and kept 785 kilograms of trash out of the landfill. CEDC co-sponsors Canadian Geographic Education and Shell Canada are proud to recognize some of the exceptional work done in this year's competition.
Point level prizes
Throughout the 12 weeks of the CEDC, students in Grades K to 12 are tasked with completing 25 challenges designed to inform and inspire positive action for the planet. Classrooms earn points for every challenge completed, and those that complete at least three challenges are eligible to win cash prizes for their school. More than 1,300 classrooms, representing all 10 provinces plus the Northwest Territories, registered for this year's CEDC and completed a total of 2,161 challenges, and 30 classrooms were able to complete all 25 challenges!
Here are the point level prize winners from the 2018 CEDC, chosen at random from among eligible classrooms:
Five challenges ($1,000) — Miss Lancione's Grade 7/8 Class, St. Jerome Catholic School, North York, Ont.
10 challenges ($1,500) — Bold for Change, Hawthorne Village Public School, Milton, Ont.
15 challenges ($2,000) — Joshi, Black Walnut Public School, Markham, Ont.
20 challenges ($2,500) — 5D, Churchill Meadows Public School, Mississauga, Ont.
25 challenges ($3,000 + a $500 charitable donation) — Ecoclub, Hunters Glen Junior Public School, Scarborough, Ont.
Each year, the CEDC also challenges classrooms to create an original, one-minute public service announcement about an aspect of energy conservation. The winners of this year’s video challenge are:
Best video (Elementary) — Gillis Green Team, Cresthaven Public School, North York, Ont.
Best video (Secondary) — Let’s Save Energy, Canterbury High School, Canterbury, N.B
Most unique — 8G, Jack Chambers Public School, London, Ont.
Best comedy — 8C7, Centennial Public School, Waterloo, Ont.
Most public engagement — Hi, O.S. Geiger School, Calgary
Energy Educator of the Year
Finally, the CEDC team gratefully acknowledges the amazing teachers whose vision, creativity and determination have made this program a success. Energy Educators of the Year are nominated by their peers, and selected by staff at Canadian Geographic Education and Shell Canada.
Energy Educator of the Year, Central — Rebecca Chahine, Malvern Junior Public School, Scarborough, Ont.
“When I offered to write this letter of nomination for Rebecca I asked her to tell me her definition of energy. Her enthusiastic response is as follows: ‘My Grade 5 students at Malvern Junior Public School are my definition of energy. They have so much untapped energy and with guidance, they are becoming responsible, active global citizens who are developing strong leadership skills. The world needs strong leaders who will care more about the environment. My students now understand how important it is to conserve energy and water.’ Rebecca’s definition of energy speaks to her commitment to her students, their education, and her belief that the future of our planet and its natural resources is in their hands.”
— Thelma Sambrook, Principal, Malvern Junior Public School
Energy Educator of the Year, Atlantic — Nina Matthews, Bluenose Academy, Lunenburg, N.S.
“Nina is a force of nature. She is super energetic and loves to get her students involved in exciting green projects. She never
seems to miss out on any great opportunities such as the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. I have been nothing but impressed with Mrs. Matthews’ devotion to her students, her eagerness to engage them on environmental issues, and this year, on energy efficiency especially.”
— Marlène Le Bel, School Engagement Officer, Green Schools Nova Scotia