Green News

Mar 23 2018 - 8:51am

Point Grey Secondary hosts sixth annual student-led conference to promote action on the environment

Nov 29 2017 - 5:57pm

Green Building Council and Coalition for Green Schools awards Windermere third in annual Greenest School in Canada Competition

Mar 8 2017 - 6:13pm

A Grade 2 class at Queen Mary Elementary takes a weekly walk to learn outdoors

Nov 28 2016 - 3:49pm

The narrowing timeframe for action on climate change is the topic of the conference at Windermere Secondary School.

Oct 6 2016 - 1:03pm

Read about Nicole's experience working on the schoolyard farms this summer with over 20 other VSB youth.

Sep 16 2016 - 3:26pm

Giant zucchinis were among the latest vegetables to be successfully harvested by students caring for the small school garden at Collingwood Neighbourhood School.

Jun 17 2016 - 1:36pm

This school community makes Zero Waste look easy!

Apr 22 2016 - 2:06pm

On April 18th, more than 200 high school delegates came together for the fourth annual VSB sustainability conference, a student-led gathering for students to discuss sustainability and learn how to effectively promote it in their schools. 

Apr 20 2016 - 4:54pm

Begbie’s Zero Waste team has been working towards reducing their school’s waste and teaching their school community how to sort waste in the VSB’s new three bin system.

Apr 14 2016 - 9:27am

On April 18, 2016, there are no classes as the VSB schools for a District-wide professional development day.  But hundreds of VSB Secondary students are not taking a day off - they are gathering for their own event - the 2016 Student Sustainability Conference.

Apr 8 2016 - 3:28pm

Over spring break, VSB movers helped a classroom aquarium filled with salmon fry move out for a power outage and back once power was restored.

Nov 18 2015 - 1:14pm

As he walks through Vancouver schools Dara Bring, Electrical Supervisor of the VSB maintenance department, spends a lot of time looking up - waaaay up - to the ceiling. That’s because he spends a lot of time thinking about the lighting. “Lighting is a big factor in schools,” explains Bring. “Lighting impacts the mood and tone of the facility, and it’s one of the primary electricity uses in a lot of our schools.”

Nov 17 2015 - 1:41pm

Grade 11 Leadership students from Windermere Secondary School are in the midst of organizing the seventh annual Climate Change Conference (C3).

This year’s theme: ‘What are You Willing to Lose?’

Sep 15 2015 - 3:05pm

Austin (Han Jie) Wang, a Grade 12 David Thompson student, has won a prestigious award for innovation in science.

The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students, which recognizes outstanding innovation in biotechnology. 

Sep 10 2015 - 2:13pm

For many schools in the VSB, the start of the new school year this week also meant the start of the VSB’s new waste system. The biggest change is that there are now green bins in the schools to collect organic waste, which makes up more than half of the district’s total waste. This means VSB schools have the opportunity to keep that waste away from the landfill – an estimated 3.5 million kilograms, or about 1100 full garbage trucks per year.

Jul 28 2015 - 3:41pm

The District recognizes the immense value of green spaces for our schools, as well as the benefit of these spaces to our school communities. Ensuring our students have safe learning environments, both indoors and outdoors, is our highest priority. 

Recently, school communities have asked us about our fields, and what we do to take care of them over the summer.

UPDATE: Stage 3 Permitted Uses Include:
Sports playing field (including sand-based) and school yard watering at minimum levels as required to maintain areas in useable condition is permitted;
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Jul 13 2015 - 10:42am

Before the end of the school year at Queen Elizabeth Elementary, students, teachers, parents, staff and community members gathered outdoors for an inspiring harvest celebration.

Jun 23 2015 - 12:32pm

In 2011, newly arrived, Grounds Supervisor, Jonn Epplette started looking at district irrigation and sprinkler systems. Facing budget pressure to save money combined with the increasing usage of VSB sports fields, Epplette knew he needed to make some changes.

Jun 1 2015 - 10:53am

Lord Elementary parents kicked off their Earth Week celebration with a Spring Planting event.

May 22 2015 - 9:21am

Tillicum’s Grade 3 teacher and resident bike enthusiast Jaeger Hunter is leading the way for his students to get active and have fun on their way to and from school. The “Tillicum Hummingbirds” will be biking, walking, and scootering during the week of May 25-29 as part of the regional “Bike to School Week” initiative from HUB: Your Cycling Connection.