The Eco Citizen Club (ECC) program has been delivered many years for schools in Carleton County, New Brunswick. We are very happy to partner with the Environmental Trust Fund to help develop young eco-citizens who are able to think creatively about environmental challenges and solutions. The program consists of a multi-school Fall Festival, resources for ECCs running throughout the school year, and a Winter Convention where students can show off what their ECCs have been working on!
This year, we have over 80 students involved from four schools across New Brunswick – John Caldwell, Andover Elementary, Florenceville Elementary, and Perth Andover Middle School.
Early in the school year, Falls Brook Centre will host the ECC Fall Festival. Students who sign up for their school’s ECC will come together with other schools and learn about the Eco Star Challenge. Together they will play games, get to know one another, and gain insight and inspiration on themes such as renewable energy, biodiversity, local food, community outreach and leadership. The focus is on fun, hands-on learning with a carnival flare!
Eco Citizen Clubs
Why create an Eco Citizen Club? It gives students a unique opportunity to lead eco-minded initiatives throughout the school year. After the Fall Festival, they are provided with resources and group activities in the form of in-class visits every second week, but are also encouraged to come up with projects that they are passionate about. They will take their enviro-messages out into their communities, seeking to make an informed, positive impact on the environment.
Students from local ECCs are invited to share their work at the ECC Convention in March! They will create a display that showcases their favourite projects undertaken throughout the fall and winter months. At the convention, students will circulate through the displays, discuss each other’s projects, and talk about the outcomes. The students will vote on which school’s ECC best represented the values of each Eco Star. The best part is, the Eco Star Challenge will be awarded to student-led initiatives by their fellow students. This is an event you will not want to miss!
Eco Star Challenge
The Eco Star Challenge is a set of five goals for schools to aim for, using creative and exciting methods led by their Eco Citizen Club (ECC) members. One by one, through innovation and learning, schools can earn stars to display as proof of their advancement in all areas of the program. Each star focuses on a different area of sustainable development.
|The Local Food Star is awarded for ECCs and their schools that have shown a commitment to growing or purchasing local, sustainable food and/or made an effort to learn and distribute information about the importance of local food.|
|The Leadership Star is awarded to ECCs and their schools that creatively demonstrate leadership with the diverse needs of their communities in mind.|
|The Renewable Energy Star is awarded to ECCs and their schools based on advancements in the area of renewable energy knowledge, design, implementation, and testing.|
|The Biodiversity Star is awarded to ECCs and their schools that increase the biodiversity in their environment through nature preservation, species conservation or other creative actions to create new thriving landscapes or protect existing biodiversity.|
|The Community Star is awarded to ECCs and their schools that demonstrate a commitment to their community through creative actions, taking into consideration which areas of the community need the most help.|
For more information about the Eco Citizen Club program, please contact our Education Coordinator.