The Elements Society develops leaders who are empowered to inspire others with social, environmental and economic responsibility in their schools, workplaces and communities for positive and sustainable impacts.
Since 2003, school-wide projects have been delivered by student teams to change behaviour, increase wellbeing and establish a sustainability culture. Communities positively impacted include:
- 580 schools
- 200,000 students (Gr. 3-12)
- 3,000 teachers
- 2,500 volunteers and community partners
- 38 school districts in British Columbia and Alberta
This multi-year, student-driven program increases sustainability by developing leadership teams in schools that work on real-world problems in their school. All teams measure and track the impact of their project and assess the benefits to their school community. Teams are comprised of multi-stakeholders in the school community. Students learn about stakeholder involvement to successfully implement their school-wide projects.
What People Are Saying
"We're most proud of the involvement of parents and community organizations in the student leadership projects. "
— Alexander Ferguson Elementary School
"The best part of this program is the number of students who were able to be involved in workshops facilitated by outside organizations and hear exceptional presenters who motivated them to further action in the environment with a specific focus on water issues. "
— Wilma Hansen Middle School
"The best part of this program was how completing the waste audit taught us a lot about what makes up the garbage in our school. By doing ongoing tracking, we could see a reduction in the amount of packaging at our school. We also enjoyed making presentations to the other students at our school."
— Student Leaders at Lake Bonavista Elementary
"As a school principal, I have seen students grow in their confidence and leadership - as well as knowledge - by participating in this program. "
— Merrie-Rae Mitsopoulos, Director of Education, Fort McMurray Public
"It makes me feel important to the school community, I actually feel like I'm doing something. "
— Grade 5 student
"I love making a difference in our world and making it a better place. I’m in DC because I want to be more involved with our school and earth."
— Grade 6 student