Johnny Dulku & Kitty Cochrane – Fort McMurray Public School District’s Green Champions

By: Fort McMurray Public School District

Over Kitty’s 28 years of teaching, she has been dedicated to inspiring students to become caring and capable environmental citizens. She is a four-time provincial winner of the BP A+ for Energy Award, winning multiple grants to help Ecole Dickinsfield School champion environmental stewardship and conservation. She supported Fort McMurray’s Single-Use Bag Ban dressed in 500 plastic bags, encourages Waste Free Lunches, helps student Wormologists tend the school’s 20,000 red wriggler worms, coordinates the school’s garden and outdoor experimental composting. With student volunteers, Kitty has raised awareness of global issues, and helped raise thousands of dollars for environmental organizations.

Johnny Dulku has been a science teacher at Westwood Community High School for 11 years. In 2012, he formed the Green Initiative Club with eight of his students, which focuses on environmental demonstration projects. In the past four years, the club has won six grants for outdoor gardening, rooftop solar panels, automatic water-bottle filling stations, vermicomposting, two greenhouses, rainwater harvesting, solar-powered irrigation, a rain garden and an experimental solar-heating system design to extend the greenhouse growing season. Johnny and his students hope to inspire meaningful action in others on the issue of climate change.