For the ninth year in a row, despite the added challenges presented by COVID-19, classrooms from across Canada participated enthusiastically in the annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC). The CEDC encourages classrooms to complete 16 energy-focused challenges designed to inspire students to be more energy conscious in their classrooms and homes, and to share their learning journey with friends, families and communities. 

In response to school closures and physical distancing recommendations, teachers and students got creative and adapted their ways of completing the 16 challenges using online tools and collaborative technologies. More than 1,400 classrooms engaged in, for example, evaluating their carbon footprints, going without power to save on electricity consumption, and replacing their plastic water bottles with reusable bottles. All in all, they saved more than 150,000 litres of water, managed to go 2,342 hours without power, and kept more than 17,170 plastic bottles from ending up in landfills in just three months! 

The CEDC is Canada’s largest, bilingual, curriculum-based energy literacy competition, and it is presented by Canadian Geographic Education with support from Shell Canada. By participating in at least three challenges, classrooms are eligible for prizes that support educational programs at their schools. 

Everyone who participated should be proud of what they’ve achieved during the 2020 Classroom Energy Diet Challenge! Here are the classrooms that were awarded top points in the competition:

16 Challenges completed ($2,500)
Eco Awesome Eagles, Errol Village Public School, Camlachie, Ont. This class won $2,500 and a $500 charitable donation to the Inn of the Good Shepherd on their behalf. 

15 Challenges completed ($2,000)
ChangeMakers5C, Meadowvale Village Public School, Mississauga, Ont. 

10 Challenges completed ($1,500)
Chip’s Avengers, Isaac Brock Public School, Winnipeg, Man.

5 Challenges completed ($1,000)
Arthur’s All Stars, Courtice North Public School, Courtice, Ont. 

Best video – Elementary ($1,500)
Gillis Green Team, Cresthaven Public School, North York, Ont. This is their second year in a row winning this category. 

Best video – Secondary ($1,500)
8He, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy, Calgary, Alta.

Most unique video ($1,000)
Water Rockers!, Kortright Hills Public School, Guelph, Ont.

Best comedy video ($1,000)
Grade 4/5 Room 10, Emerson Elementary School, Winnipeg, Man.

Most public engagement on video ($1,000)
Energy Ninjas, ABC Montessori Private School, Mississauga, Ont.