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Off the Grid: Students Leading Positive, Sustainable Environmental Change


Michael Prebble


Students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate are working towards making their school a net-zero building as well as educating the youth in the community about the benefits of working with clean energy as opposed to the current non-renewable resource-based system. Our research will be focused on working with Grade 9 students from Tommy Douglas in the new, half-day, full-year integrated course called “Off the Grid” which is devoted to reducing the school’s ecological footprint and to educating youth about the importance of environmental and climate justice. We will be examining how student-led research can effect a positive change with regard to environmental sustainability practices through empowering youth within a high school context.