Lacombe Composite High School has been named as a winner of the Greenest School in Canada competition.
The annual contest is put on by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) as part of World Green Building Week.
LCHS was lauded for weaving sustainability throughout its programming in a variety of ways including its EcoVision environmental club which over the past 15 years has raised funds for 32 solar arrays, geodesic tropical greenhouse, outdoor gardens and urban beekeeping program.
The school also composts about about 25kg of organic waste from its kitchen per month, using three thermal composite systems and half a dozen vermi-composite systems.
LCHS also features an Adopt a Garden initiative where the school gets community members to help take care of its gardens over the summer months, and local groups are invited to speak about environmental topics in classes.
"Lacombe Composite High School EcoVision is a club where student leaders plan projects that improve the environment, enhance their educational opportunities and encourage community collaboration," says Steven Schultz, Teacher at LCHS. "Educational and environmental innovation like what we've demonstrated to receive this honour, is impossible without student leaders that are willing to dream, risk and fail – but try again."
Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario was named as a winner of this year’s greenest school contest.
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