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VSB Sustainability Grants

Applications will be available in the Fall of 2022

Elementary School Sustainability Grants are available for student, teacher, or school-led sustainability projects. Grants of up to $500 are available.

Ideas for Elementary School Projects:

  • Transportation costs for a field trip to a local/regional park or garden
  • Class set of foul weather gear (boots, rain gear) to help facilitate outdoor learning all year round
  • Items for a class food preparation kit to prepare food from the garden
  • Enhanced recycling services for your school lunchroom
  • Sustainability-related professional development for your staff team
  • Supplies for your school garden



Secondary School Sustainability Grants are available for student-led projects which initiate or advance a sustainability-related issue in their schools. 18 grants of up to $1000 are available.

Examples of past secondary school student projects:

  • School community clothing swap
  • School garden improvements
  • School branded reusable to-go cups and discounted fill-ups at local businesses
  • Environmental awareness campaigns (i.e. meatless Mondays, eco-weeks, Go by Bike Week)
  • Improvements to school recycling systems


Read the full report from the 2018-2019 Secondary Sustainability Grants 


Student Conferences

The VSB Sustainability Conference  is led by students, for students. Its intention is to educate youth on environmental concerns, to provide tools for post-conference actions, and to establish collaborative initiatives between VSB schools and other Metro Vancouver districts. Each year the Sustainability Conference offers a great workshop selection, guest speakers, showcases school sustainability project success stories, and facilitates inter and intra-school discussions on sustainability goals and action plans.


Please contact us at sustainability@vsb.bc.ca with your sustainability ideas, stories, questions, or comments.


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