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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

Students at elementary schools across the school district are getting their hands dirty to learn about food, biodiversity and community. 



JUN 6 2018
Trafalgar Elementary celebrates being a UNESCO school

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. 


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