Since 2015, our Green Schools initiative has been inspiring and empowering schools across Nova Scotia to adopt smarter, more sustainable energy habits. Through this free program, our engagement officers support students, teachers, and the larger school community as they learn to waste less and become more energy efficient. Of course, 2021 was a challenging year for all, including the public school system. Our commitment to continuing our partnership and participation with schools required creative solutions, while following health regulations. We shifted our Green Schools initiative to virtual engagements throughout Nova Scotia, completing over 1,600 engagements and reaching 22,000 students through the school year. We are proud to report that approximately 84% of Nova Scotia’s public schools are now participating each year in Green Schools.
The FUTURES podcast is part of our Green Schools Nova Scotia initiative and celebrates the inspiring journeys and important work of Green Heroes and those working in green careers.
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In 2021, Virtual Field Trips were introduced. They enabled students to experience a green career in Nova Scotia. During these Virtual Field Trips, students go on a pre-recorded video tour and participate in a live Q&A with a local professional working in the energy efficiency sector.
The video field trips are proving to be a great tool for students to learn about careers in the energy efficiency sector, as well as for learning about ways to introduce or encourage green practices in their own lives, at home and school.