Environmental Student Action Challenge

Empowering Alberta’s Youth to Change the World

Do your students have big ideas about making this planet a better place? About solving environmental issues in their own backyards? Are you looking for ways to support their ambitions and enthusiasm? If so, the Environmental Student Action Challenge may be the grant program for you! ESAC grants are all about helping turn student innovation into real solutions for the whole community.

A perfect opportunity for some inquiry-based exploration and research, ESAC grants offer up to $1000 per project. Students are encouraged to share the whole journey: from identifying an environmental need to coming up with a solution, from overcoming challenges to celebrating their successes, so that the whole province can celebrate with them. After all, every story of student ingenuity and action inspires the rest of us. We can’t wait to see what Alberta’s students will do this year!

ESAC Grant Program Basics

  • Any team of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students attending school in Alberta that have a teacher supervisor and principal support may apply
  • Up to $1,000 in funding for an inquiry-based project of your choosing
  • Sharing innovative student solutions to local environmental problems
  • Connecting with environmental subject matter experts in your local area
  • Inspiring others by sharing your work
Get Inspired by Past Projects
  • Projects for accepted applicants take place throughout the 2023-2024 school year
  • ESAC projects happen in schools and communities across Alberta
  • Because students have the energy, imagination and heart to make the world a better place
Learn more
  • Attend a virtual information session Monday, November 6 at 3:30 pm to learn all about the ESAC program. Register Here

Contact ESAC

We encourage applicants to reach out to us for conversation about their ideas so that we can help you make your application as strong as possible. We’re here to help and we want you to succeed, so be sure to use all the resources we have to support you.

2023-2024 Grant Recipients

  • École Secondaire St. Albert Catholic High School, St. Albert, Grades 10-12
    • High school students will mentor elementary students on a project focused on building habitat for native bees.
  • Jasper Place High School, Edmonton, Grades 10-12
    • Students will implement a multi-faceted plan focused on sustainability by turning the school courtyard into a productive place of gardening and deepening their connection with the land.
  • Oilfields High School, Diamond Valley, Grades 7-12
    • Students will explore methods of sustainable cattle ranching with a focus on rehabilitation and practices to maintain native grasslands and benefit the economy, the social welfare of Albertans and the environment.
  • Khalsa School, Calgary, Grades 4-6
    • The nature club recognized that the loss of trees in their schoolyard had impacts for both wildlife and people. A dedicated group of 10 students will replace the trees lost during renovation with native plants and grasses to naturalize this importance space.
  • Bearspaw School, Calgary, Grades 5-6
    • Working collaboratively with Elders from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, the students will create an outdoor classroom to honour Treaty 7 and the student's efforts in Truth and Reconciliation.
  • A.E. Bowers Elementary School, Airdrie, Grade 2
    • Students intend to clean up litter in public parks and then develop an innovative approach to encourage others to responsibly dispose of litter.
  • A.E. Bowers Elementary School, Airdrie, Grade 4
    • Students will observe plants and animals along the Nose Creek corridor, test for water quality, and survey for pollution and invasive species.
  • Calgary Girls Charter School, Calgary, Grades 6-9
    • Students will consider how to reduce waste in the art studio and explore temporary, compostable and natural art supplies.
  • Strathmore High School, Strathmore, Grades 4-6 and 10-12
    • Students will create habitat spaces for pollinator species to safely overwinter through multiple hibernation spaces.
  • Copperfield School, Calgary, Grade 4
    • Members of the school's nature and sustainability club will bring solar energy to their new indoor gardening towers.
  • Central Memorial Career and Technology Centre, Calgary, Grade 11
    • Students will make drinking bottles with new technology called PHA to help eliminate plastic waste and raise awareness of alternatives to plastic.
  • Hillhurst School, Calgary, Grades 4-5 (funded for two projects)
    • Students will design a rooftop garden that uses robotics and Artificial Technology to clean plastic waste from wetland ecosystems.

Application Information

2023-2024 Applications are now closed.

We encourage applicants to reach out to us for conversation about their ideas so that we can help you make your application as strong as possible. We’re here to help and we want you to succeed, so be sure to use all the resources we have to support you.

Students in Action

Updated: Apr 25, 2024