Essay Contest | Oct 7, 2016

Essay Contest: How can we improve Canada’s fresh water?

Are you a high school student (Grades 8–12) in Canada, who is interested in saving our fresh water supplies?

This contest is now over, and the winners have been selected. Read all about the winning entries here.

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) wants to hear from you! The world’s leading whole-lake freshwater experimentation site is asking you to come up with science-based solutions for Canada’s bodies of fresh water.

Canada is home to 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary we want to hear from high school students about the best ways we can continue to sustainability manage our fresh water for the next 150 years.

Submission deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Two individual winners will be selected to attend the Blue Cities Conference in Toronto on May 19, 2017!

For more information, and for the complete guidelines and rubric, see below.

  • IISD-ELA essay contest information sheet (PDF)
  • IISD-ELA essay contest outline (PDF | Word)
  • IISD-ELA essay contest poster (legal size PDF)


This project is supported by the RBC Blue Water Project.