Edelweiss Preparatory School

Environmental Commitment

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Edelweiss is committed to having eco-healthy practices as a commitment to improving the environmental and developmental health of the children at Edelweiss. As part of this commitment we have become the first school in Alberta to receive certification as an ECO Healthy Child Care facility through the Children’s Environmental Health Network who certify centres world wide. It’s well documented that many illnesses (e.g., asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, neurological problems and some childhood cancers) are linked to pollution and products we use everyday. Children are particularly at risk because their bodies and organs are still developing and they have natural habits such as hand to mouth behaviour and crawling on the floor that increases their exposure to toxins. Many environmentally-related illnesses have grown at alarming rates in recent years and are of unique concern because they are preventable. By becoming Eco-certified, Edelweiss is helping to provide an environmentally healthy setting for your child to learn and grow in.

Also, in recognition of the need to provide a healthy learning environment at Edelweiss, we have two “state-of-the-art” air purification systems in the classrooms. The units are the only F.D.A. recognized Class II Medical Device air purifiers on the market today. They constantly purify the air, going beyond HEPA standards (.3 microns) to capture 99.97% of airborne particles .1 microns and larger.

Environmental Themes

Edelweiss has a monthly theme to teach children about our environment. Our environmental themes are as follows:

September: What is our Environment?

October: Introduction to Recycling at School

November: Transportation Choices

December: Saving Power

January: Reusing

February: Reducing

March: Composting

April: Renewable Energy

May: Respect for Nature

June: Water Conservation

Recycling & Composting

We teach children to put recyclable products into their respective containers in the classrooms. We also have compost containers for compostable items from children’s snacks and teacher’s lunches. Our compost goes into the “blue earth” bins beside the community garden who get to use our compost. There is also an “Edelweiss Green Corner” in the hallway for parents and others to use. Search Description