NOV 29 2019
Sustainability Partnerships Enrich Learning Opportunities for District Schools
Sustainability initiatives at the District have always been supported by a committed network of community partners who work with both students and educators at the school level. These partnerships now also play a vital role to advance the goals of the District's Environmental Sustainability Plan.
NOV 29 2019
Ocean Wise Education Announces Free Bus Program
Ocean Wise officially announced today that they will be launching a free bus program to transport students to and from the Vancouver Aquarium. This new program aims to eliminate transportation barriers and make ocean literacy more accessible to all schools.
NOV 29 2019
Partnerships enhance student learning on sustainability
Partnerships with post-secondary institutions have been instrumental in providing high-quality professional development for District educators on some of the most pressing sustainability issues.
NOV 20 2019
Climate Change Artist Partners with King George Secondary Students
On October 24, students from King George Secondary's Earth Club voiced their concerns on the climate crisis through poetry reading at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The poetry was inspired by and art piece called 'On Thin Ice' -- a sculpture created by international artist, K.A. Colorado.
OCT 24 2019
Rock the Salish Sea - Art in Support of Environmental Rights
Grade six and seven students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School created an art exhibition called "Rock the Salish Sea" to promote the need to build a more sustainable future.
OCT 22 2019
J&O Upcycling - A thrift shop by John Oliver Secondary School
J&O Upcycling, a universally accessible free thrift shop operated by John Oliver Secondary School in South Vancouver, creates a resource for economically poor youth to obtain clothing and other resources without feeling marginalized or labelled. It provides families with clothing and promotes environmental sustainability.
AUG 6 2019
Community Eats: building a sense of community by eating together
Every summer, Fresh Roots empowers youth in the Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership (SOYL) program. Part of the Vancouver School District's summer school, the outdoor education program encourages students to develop leadership skills, cultivate schoolyard farms, and learn about healthy living.
JUNE 19 2019
Sustainability Grant Success Stories
Launched in the fall of 2018, Secondary School Sustainability Grants of up to $1000 were available to every VSB secondary school. Covering everything from fashion upcycling to reusable cups, plastic recycling to active transportation, VSB students are tackling the environmental sustainability challenges facing the world today.
JUNE 13 2019
Finding solutions to save the environment through eco-rock
It was an evening of upbeat songs with positive environmental messages about saving our oceans and watersheds as 230 students at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary School performed in a concert on June 6 called Rock the Salish Sea.
JUNE 10 2019
Bringing native plants and traditional knowledge into the minds, hearts and bellies of Vancouver children
Close to 150 people attended the annual Farm to School Spring Celebration hosted at Xpey' Elementary School at the end of May. The program brings healthy, local food into schools and provides students with hands-on learning opportunities.
JUNE 3 2019
Promoting and inspiring sustainable action in youth
The Vancouver School District's seventh sustainability conference was held at the end of April at Prince of Wales Secondary School. The conference was organized by students from a number of the District's secondary schools. The annual event was created with the intention to promote and inspire sustainable action in youth and in our communities.
MAY 8 2019
Students from Richmond and Churchill Secondary collaborate to make a documentary to promote sustainability
Connected through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, which focuses on the enrichment and learning skills necessary for post-secondary success, students from Churchill Secondary recently joined Richmond Secondary students to produce a documentary on environmental sustainability.
APR 23 2019
How much waste can one school divert from the landfill?
The answer is a lot! For the past three years students and teachers at Emily Carr have been tackling the challenge of waste at their school. Since then they have completely revamped the school's waste system, diverting 1,200 pounds of granola bar and cheese sting wrappers, chip bags, and dried-up markers from the landfill.
DEC 11 2018
Windermere Secondary students host annual climate change conference
On November 9, 2018, a class of 19 passionate high school students from the Windermere Leadership Program showcased their hard work with the 10th Annual Climate Change Conference (C3). This year's conference brought more than 150 like-minded students from across the Lower Mainland together to participate in the annual event.
NOV 14 2018
VSB looks to conserve gas in schools as B.C.'s natural gas supply disrupted
As the natural gas shortage in British Columbia continues due to a natural gas pipeline break near Prince George in October, the Vancouver School District continues efforts to conserve energy. Earlier this month, the following memo was sent from Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman, to all VSB School Principals.
NOV 7 2018
VSB achieves largest electricity savings in BC’s K-12 sector!
The Vancouver School Board has been conducting energy saving projects for many years, with a big focus on electricity conservation. 2018 was a record year for the District – being recognized by BC Hydro for saving 1.28 million kilowatt hours!
SEP 13 2018
From field to fork: learning lessons from the food cycle
This summer saw another successful season of SOYL – an outdoor education program for high school students that takes place at two educational farms located at Vancouver Technical and David Thompson Secondary Schools.
JUN 26 2018
School gardens grow from East to West teaching students about nature
Trafalgar Elementary School recently held a UNESCO soiree for its learning community. Trafalgar is a candidate member in the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), a global network of over 9,000 schools that focus on the UNESCO areas of study.
MAR 23 2018
Point Grey Secondary hosts sixth annual student-led conference to promote action on the environment.