During this two-month project students are challenged to build their own business, which has to make real financial, social and environmental profits. Classroom subjects such as math, art, geography, English, and science come alive as students learn how to create, market, and sell eco-products. It is amazing how students inspire their parents, peers, teachers and local businesses to be more environmentally and socially responsible. Since the beginning of this program, over seven years ago, students have launched over 50 responsible initiatives. To sign up your class for this program please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Eco-Businesses Set Up:
Hope In A Jar, Grades 1-7 from Lord Tennyson School:
participated in creating a business called “Hope In A Jar”. Students made ready-made food
mixtures in mason jars, including chocolate chip oatmeal mix, hot chocolate mix, sun dried tomato
mix and cinnamon pancake mix. They raised over $1000 which they used to support the
building of a school orphanage in Tanzania.
Rain Barrel, high school students from Canmore Collegiate High School:
created a business converting used coconut oil drums to rain barrels which they asked local artists
to paint. This business was run for four years and students raised over $6000 which they donated to the Lamp House Theatre and a local water conservation group.
Green Cleaning Products, Grade 5 Students from Queen Mary School in East Vancouver:
created their own 100% natural cleaning products called Eco-Clean. The students donated $250 to
Canadian Diabetes Association and $250 to build a well in Tanzania.
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Responsible Entrepreneur Project Outline:
The Responsible Entrepreneur Project is an extra-curricular class which is led by experienced
and fun facilitators from Rocky Mountain Education Society. Each session is approximately one
Session 1: Presentation on climate change, and how, as individuals and businesses, we affect
climate change through our daily decisions and actions. Students are then challenged to reduce
their carbon footprint at home and in the classroom.
Session 2: Explore case studies of local responsible businesses.
Session 3: Choose a responsible business to start and set the business’ financial, social and
environmental goals. Decide on recipes, items to be purchased and working teams.
Session 4 & 5: Production and marketing of goods.
Session 6 & 7: Sales of goods.
Session 8: Sharing of learnings and celebration!
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