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cool it climate leadership workshop

Cool It! Climate Leadership Training


The Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program develops and empowers young sustainability champions in schools in British Columbia. 

Formerly known as the 'Climate Change Showdown', Cool It! is an interactive environmental workshop and contest for students in grades 4 to 7. In each 90-minute workshop, our Environmental Educators use videos, games, quizzes and discussion to build on students’ knowledge of climate change.  

Following the workshop, students take home the four-week Cool It! Challenge that encourages families to make easy but important changes to their energy consumption. Through this activity, students and their families are challenged to initiate life-long behaviour changes in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

After four weeks, the contests are collected and the results are converted into measurable greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. Students and classes have the opportunity to win prizes and receive acknowledgement for their achievements at City Council meetings in their community.

The new Cool It! program supports teachers to engage students to learn about climate change required in the new BC curriculum, and connects with the BC curriculum in the areas of Science, Math and Social Studies, as well as core competencies. The workshop format and all program materials, including the contest, have been completely redesigned.  We look forward to our second year of the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program in the 2017-2018 school year!

Since 2007, BCSEA has:

  • Delivered 2,727 workshops in BC
  • Reached over 70,000 students & their families
  • Lowered greenhouse gas emissions in the province by 43,907 tonnes

BCSEA's Cool It! Environmental Educators in 2017-2018 are Manon Gartside, Laura Bamsey, Sarah Osborne, Tiffany Johnson, and Kelly Nordin.  We piloted the renewed Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program in the 2016-17 school year and received feedback from the teachers. Here is what some of the teachers are saying about the Cool It! program:

“My students really enjoyed this challenge and I heard only positive comments from parents.  I have participated in many of the former Climate Change Showdown challenges in the past and it is always a highlight of the year.  A very worthwhile program.”

“As a school we had National sweater day and asked teachers to turn down the heat for one day in their classrooms. We learned about landfills and how food waste contributes to greenhouse gases. As  individuals in the class we should be trying harder to use the compost and reduce food waste. I also developed an art activity to connect to their actions.”

“Great program and Kelly is so resourceful and a delight to work with. I really hope you continue!”

“Thank-you for the opportunity and please keep me on your email list for next year”

“Thank you to Manon for her support and help in the classroom. I enjoyed the Cool It! Program. I hope I can participate in the program again.”

“Manon was a wonderful host as she also speaks French and I have a French Immersion class so she made sure she incorporated some French in her presentation. I would also like to say that Manon is a highly educated instructor in this field. There wasn't a question she wasn't able to answer as she is very well informed, and she gave my students lots of new information in the subject area. I would love to welcome Manon in my classroom again. Thank you.”

“Great program! Students loved it.”

“I found this to be a very well organized and supported unit. I would love to participate with my grade 6's next year!”

“Manon is terrific which is why I requested her. After 4 years of being out of the classroom I am stunned by how sheltered students are about real world, life and climate change... hence the value of having BCSEA to enrich their learning experiences. Thank you”

“My students had fun! “

“My students really enjoyed participating in the challenge and learning a lot through the process.”


Learn more about the successess of the first year of the Cool It! program, by reading the final report for the 2016-2017 school year.

Potential sponsors - interested in developing young sustainability champions in your community?  Click here for more information.

Teachers - interested in booking a workshop for your class or learning more about the program? Contact us at cool-it@bcsea.org. Also download Cool It! Curriculum Connections to learn how this program connects with the new BC curriculum.

Teachers and Parents - looking for ways to inspire your students/children to become sustainability champions throughout the Cool It! program and beyond? Check out our resource page

Kids - check out our resource page with links to lots of cool information on how to reduce your carbon footprint!


Want to support BCSEA’s Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program?

That’s easy thanks to Thrifty Foods and SPUD.ca!

Thrifty Foods Smile Card Program: Just order a Smile Card from BCSEA and load it for your next shopping trip to Thrifty Foods. 5% of your purchase will be donated to the Cool It! program. Send us an email with your mailing address to request your card!

SPUD.ca fundraising program: Buy a SPUD produce box and we get 25%! Select a fundraising box from this page, and add it to your cart. At checkout, enter the promo code FUNDRAISING. Select BCSEA from the drop-down list and complete your order. You can order as many boxes as you want, as many times as you want. The FUNDRAISING code cannot be combined with other SPUD promo codes on the same order.

Don't want a produce box? Just purchase your local & organic groceries from SPUD & we get 10%!  SPUD is a grocery delivery service specializing in organic produce and goods, they current serve the Metro Vancouver area, including Chilliwack and Hope, and on South Vancouver Island, from Victoria to Nanaimo. 1. Purchase a gift card of any value from spud.ca/spudcards 2. You will see a drop down list of possible recipients, select BCSEA from the drop-down list 3. Complete your purchase and you will receive the gift card by email, which you can redeem at SPUD.ca for local & organic groceries delivered to your home or office. 4. 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program!


Three simple ways to support schools in your community to take positive climate action! In supporting the ongoing evaluation and development of Cool It! you will be taking part in the inspiring process of providing children with the tools and education they need to champion sustainability in their communities for generations to come. We graciously acknowledge the support of Thrifty Foods and SPUD.ca for the Cool It! program. 


Please consider sponsoring Cool It! or donating to the BCSEA! Click here to support us.

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