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Overview

Environmental Sustainability Plan 

The Board of Trustees approved the District's first ever Environmental Sustainability Plan. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas about the plan, please email us at sustainability@vsb.bc.ca.

If you would like copies of the poster to post at your school or work site, please send a request to sustainability@vsb.bc.ca.

Download the VSB Sustainability Plan Poster

Advancing Sustainability at the VSB

VSB Teachers, students, parents, and staff have been advancing the sustainability of their schools for many years. This has included projects that increase energy efficiency, create outdoor learning opportunities, and promote active transportation.

In recent years, the Board has encouraged a more comprehensive approach. This includes:


Apply NOW for Elementary School Sustainability Grants

NEW for 2019-2020, Elementary and Annex schools are invited to take on a sustainability project that teachers and students are passionate about. Schools are eligible to receive a grant of up to $500 that can be used toward a sustainability initiative related to the VSB Environmental Sustainability Plan. The application deadline is October 15, 2019 and grant recipients will be notified by November 1, 2019

Now is the time to get creative and think about how you can improve sustainability at your school. Projects can be a thing, an event, a field trip, or equipment for your school or class. 

For more information, download an application form. Submit completed forms to sustainability@vsb.bc.ca by October 15, 2019



Green News

Green News

Read recent school and student activities that aim to contribute to a more green and sustainable future.

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Garden and Food

Garden and Food

Over two thirds of VSB schools currently have a school garden. This is part of a larger trend of people growing food in cities and making connections between what we eat and where it comes from, food security and climate change.

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Recycling, Organics and Waste

Recycling, Organics and Waste

Most of our facilities already have “Zero Waste Stations” in place to make sorting easy. As most schools have their own blue recycling bins and returnable collection programs, those will remain the same. Therefore, the Zero Waste Stations mostly look like the photo on the left.

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Transportation

Transportation

Cycling, Fleet and Equipment, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Car-Sharing

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Energy and Facilities

Energy and Facilities

Saving energy saves money and reduces our carbon footprint. From 2006 to 2017 the VSB implemented electricity saving actions equivalent to more than 20% of our electricity consumption. These savings are equivalent to an avoided cost of $760,000 annually.

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