Going Green

Environmental Initiatives at Our School

We believe that students and staff should contribute to taking care of our environment. We have many features that help lower our school's environmental footprint.

Waste Reduction Program

Litterless Lunches

It is our goal to reduce organic food waste and garbage volume that ends up in our dumpsters every week.  All uneaten food and organic waste will be returned home via lunch kits every day. 

Question and Answers: Organic recycling at MTS

Q #1: Does MTS belong to the City of Calgary organic recycling program?

A: We are billed monthly for waste removal. It is our ongoing goal to reduce garbage that goes into the bins.

Q #2: What does my child do with the food he/she does not eat at recess and lunch?

A: All uneaten portions of food will be returned home in a container provided from home, or in their lunch kit.

Q #3: Can my child bring single serve fruit cups, pudding, and/or yogurt to school?

A: Yes, however, if the food is only partially eaten we recommend that you have a Ziploc baggie or a sealed container in your child's lunch kit for this purpose. We recommend repackaging spill-able food into sealable containers.

Q #4: Will the Milk Program be impacted by the organics collection at lunch?

A: No, the lunchroom supervisors will continue to collect and recycle the milk containers.

Q #5: My child has a juice drink box for recess and/or lunch. Does my child need to bring this container home in his/her lunch kit?

A: No, the lunchroom supervisors will recycle all drink boxes, however, your child may wish to take empty drink boxes home for recycling.

Crayola ColorCycle


Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we are part of the Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students at McKenzie Towne School collect and re-purpose used whiteboard, and Crayola markers every week.  ColorCycle is great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices! 

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​Our School is LEED Certified

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) is an evaluation tool and a rating system that is recognized in over 160 countries as the international mark of excellence for green buildings.

Why is LEED important?

  • Green buildings contribute to a healthier indoor environment for students, staff, and visitors.
  • Schools that meet LEED requirements are designed and built with natural daylight, better ventilation and are furnished with materials that enhance indoor air quality.
  • They are engineered to conserve energy, decrease water consumption, minimize indoor noise and create better thermal comfort through increased insulation and improved temperature control.
  • Staff and students who live, learn and work in these buildings have been found to be more productive, higher performing and healthier.

The physical environment where students learn plays an important role in influencing students and helping them prepare to become citizens in a complex and ever-changing world. By meeting the requirements of LEED certification, our newer schools both provide a healthy learning environment and a real life model of sustainable development.

Since 2006, all new CBE schools have been designed and built to a minimum LEED Silver rating. For more information, including a list of all CBE LEED certified schools, visit the Sustainability page on the CBE website. Also visit the Canada Green Building Council website.​​


What is our LEED rating?

  • We have LEED Gold Certification.