Green News

Jun 26 2012 - 8:39am

Last week, Queen Elizabeth Elementary hosted its third annual harvest party. On a sunny Thursday, dozens of eager students poured into the school’s courtyard to sample a wide assortment of garden variety treats. The students were entertained by a wandering minstrel musician singing improvisational vegetable songs.

Jun 13 2012 - 8:32am

The Vancouver School Board and non-profit Fresh Roots signed a partnership agreement paving the way for a quarter acre landscaped school market garden. The agreement is the first of its kind in Canada.

Jun 8 2012 - 8:56am

On May 24, David Oppenheimer Elementary was paid a visit by a Mobile Dairy Classroom. The dairy farm came to to the school via a 54 foot trailer.

Jun 1 2012 - 8:44am

For the past two years, roughly 30 David Thompson students have implemented a wide range of environmental achievements including managing (and expanding) the school's compost system, running school-wide green awareness campaigns and mentoring elementary students by demonstrating the importance of sustainability. 

May 29 2012 - 11:00am

Staff across the district are implementing a wide range of initiatives (which touch on eveything from school construction to community gardening) to make the VSB greener. Watch this short video to find out more about how Vancouver is aiming to become one of the most sustainable school districts in North America.

May 25 2012 - 9:17am

The Vancouver School Board has just launched a car-sharing program at the Education Centre as an initiative to promote sustainable transportation in the school district. Senior Management staff and Board Trustees were present at the launch on May 24 to show support for this sustainability initiative. 

May 23 2012 - 2:39pm

On the morning of Wednesday, May 16 at 8 AM over 100 students arrived by bike at L’Ecole Bilingue for a Biker’s Breakfast aimed at celebrating Bike to School Week. The event featured bike decorating, a bicycle-powered smoothie machine, a nutrioutious breakfast for the bikers and some prize giveaways.

May 15 2012 - 12:00am

Each year, the Laura Secord Elementary PAC hosts Earth Day. It's a fantastic time where students and parents come together for a wide-range of diverse outdoors activities. Watch this short video to see a few highlights of the day.

Apr 20 2012 - 9:42am

Over 50 Students and staff from 12 secondary schools across Vancouver attended a Sustainability Workshop on April 13 at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), at the University of British Columbia. The students learned from UBC researchers about cutting-edge technologies and research and to see real-life applications of sustainability in action.

Apr 16 2012 - 8:27am

This Sunday, thousands of youth from across Vancouver and led by Windermere Secondary student leaders are expected to march up Commercial Drive as part of the Earth Day Vancouver Celebration.

Mar 26 2012 - 9:49am

The Vancouver School Board has firmly planted itself to follow a new, ecological-friendly precedent with regards to paper consumption.

Mar 19 2012 - 11:38am

Churchill Secondary School's Youth4Tap team is aiming to reduce the consumption of bottled water while promoting tap water. And they need your help to do it.

Jan 18 2012 - 10:15am

Churchill’s drinking water situation is about to get a whole lot better. A new initiative spearheaded by a Youth4Tap, a group of 30 to 40 students from all grades, is aiming to replace the schools old and awkward water fountains with several new state-of-the-art refillable water stations.

Jan 6 2012 - 10:28am

A new program spearheaded at King George Secondary is blending sustainability, multiculturalism and bike mechanics into something particularly unique and special.

Jan 4 2012 - 1:07pm

An urban farming non-profit called Fresh Roots, which has been working with Queen Alexandra elementary on its garden, hopes to create two more partnerships with Vancouver Technical and David Thompson secondary schools. The Vancouver Courier's Naoibh O'Connor has the full story here.

Dec 19 2011 - 1:07pm

United Nations Safe Planet Project is hoping to create awareness about our responsibility pertaining to hazardous chemicals and waste. Right now, they are having an art contest for grades K-1, 2-7, and 8-12 with cash prizes of $500 for 5 schools and a trip to a European Conference for the winning secondary student.

Dec 7 2011 - 3:48pm

Amidst the cooking that happens each day, the Food Network plays on a large suspended flat-screen TV in the Windermere Cooking Cafeteria. Windermere student chefs, like celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay on the big screen above them, are engrossed in their work. They’d better be. Each day they’re charged with whipping up meals roughly 140 entrees and hundreds of side dishes which clear roughly $1,000 in revenue on an average day.

Nov 21 2011 - 10:11am

In early November, as part of the opening of the greenest building in North America, 16 VSB students from eight secondary schools across the Vancouver School District participated in a three day conference at the University of British Columbia. At the conference, the students got a firsthand look at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). It was a fascinating experience that many of them felt was both inspiring and exciting.

Nov 3 2011 - 11:06am

This Thursday is a busy day for Deborah Magdee, a cheerful School and Student Support Worker (SSSW) at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary in Marpole, South Vancouver. Magdee is working busily with 34 Grade 4-7 students who are part of the school’s recycling team. Their goal? Snip and recycle the emergency drinking water tetra packs that have expired. Magdee has already worked her way through her school’s expired tetra packs and is now welcoming packs from other Vancouver schools.

Oct 13 2011 - 3:48pm

Laurence Kao has been interested in engineering and green buildings since he won a UBC design challenge while attending secondary school in Port Moody. But it wasn’t until earlier this summer that Kao got a firsthand look at how proper facility design can reduce the energy and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of a large organization.