The Unconference of Hope and Bold School Climate Action

Co-hosted by Hillfield Strathallan College & Appleby College

Wednesday April 3rd (evening) through Saturday April 6th, 2024. 

The 2024 Unconference Schedule is here.

Check out this page where we have collected presentations, resources and inspiration from the many Unconference contributors.

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  • Meet others of all ages across Canada working on climate action in schools
  • Learn practical, innovative new ways to solve school climate challenges
  • Build your skills and knowledge
  • Get inspired
  • Grow your network
  • Contribute to this growing community of practice focusing on hope-filled, whole-school climate action


We had an incredible array of attendees, including:

  • students (Grades 6 through 12, undergrad, graduate students, PhD candidates…what incredible variety!)
  • teachers
  • administrators
  • facilities & operations personnel
  • board members
  • parents
  • non-profit leaders
  • business leaders
  • government officials
  • other adult allies supporting school climate action


We worked hard to model a climate-friendly event. We will be publishing a short document in the weeks ahead to outline what we did, where we succeeded, what our challenges were, and our recommendations to everyone trying to make their own events more climate-friendly. 

Join our mailing list to get a note when we publish this summary, and to keep abreast of any other new resources and activities!

What is an “unconference”?

An unconference is a participant-centred event with a focus on interaction, experiential learning and collaboration. There will be learning opportunities for groups who don’t usually learn or “conference” together, including students, teachers, parents, administrators and more – a truly intergenerational gathering.

Meet our Featured Sponsors

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Canada’s Forest Trust, for your partnership in inspiring bold climate action in our schools! Be sure to visit their Forest Bathing Quiet Zone at the Unconference!

Your Canadian sustainable school uniform company! With 6 locations across the country!

VCT Group is a Solar Energy, Energy Management & EV Charging Company. They will be leading an interactive workshop and sharing the story of the big new solar installation happening at Hillfield Strathallan College!

Aquest Design features high quality furniture that enables modern learning in your school.

Check out this under 2 minute video with Shirley, one of our youth climate activists, and Dr. Elin Kelsey, one of our keynote speakers, talking together about our event!