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The annual kick-offs are a great opportunity for our team to meet with school teams to provide updates on program changes, share best practices, and to learn how EcoSchools is progressing at your school. It's also a chance for you to share ideas and initiatives with your colleagues from other schools. Don't miss out on this opportunity to build your EcoSchools community!

2018 Kick-off Resources


This year’s Kick-off theme is Building Global Competencies through Wicked Problems: The Plastics Challenge. It expands on last year’s Rethinking Waste theme by critically looking at single-use plastics. "Wicked Problems" such as plastic pollution are complex, multi-facetted and hard to fix. We will be exploring how students can gain skills and competencies while contributing solutions to this "wicked problem".

Kick-off resources:

Kick-off Presentation

Global Citizenship & Plastic Pollution Resources Recommendations

Teacher Resource: The Plastics Challenge 2018

Bag2School Presentation

One Piece a Day

Global Competencies sticker labels

2017 Kick-off Resources


This year’s theme is Rethinking Waste. During our presentation we will explore waste issues, the barriers and incentives to changing waste practices, and ways to connect this issue to the EcoSchools program.

Kick-off resources:

Here's what's new!

Kick-off presentation

Minimizing our Waste!

Updates to Waste Minimization Tools


Books and Resources:
Waste Focused Books

Zero Waste

Waste Timeline Activity:

1. Waste Timeline Activity Instructions

2. Waste Timeline

3. Waste Timeline Cards

4. Waste Timeline Glossary



Waste Minimization BINGO

Instructions and Questions

Bingo Cards

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To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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