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Vancouver Foundation Honours Student Sustainability

Recently, nineteen Generation Green Awards were presented to the winners of the Vancouver Foundation's Generation Green competition. Of these nineteen awards, nine were presented to Vancouver student groups and classes, making the Vancouver School District very proud of its green student bodies!

The total amount that these nine school based winners are bringing to Vancouver Schools is close to $60,000! With these funds, the winning schools, classes and student groups will be able to create long lasting green programs. Included in the winning proposals are seven composting programs, three urban gardens, a greenhouse, an agricultural display, a recycling center, a worm farm, and one set of solar panels. With these initiatives, the Vancouver School District is one step closer to becoming the greenest school district in North America.

In the 13 to 17 age group, three Vancouver School based projects each won up to $12, 500.

1.     Students at David Thompson won for their BioCYCLE project, which proposed to gather compostable garbage from local restaurants and grocery stores and compost it in the school's green bins.

2.     Eric Hamber Secondary School won for their proposal to install solar panels using the Generation Green prize money, and to raise the other half of the required funds by organizing a 5km Run for the Sun fundraiser.

3.     John Oliver Secondary Community Garden won for their proposal to become an urban gardening leader in their community by building a greenhouse to supply the school cafeteria with locally grown food.

In the same age group, 13 to 17 years-old, two Vancouver School based projects each won up to $1,250.

1.    Tupper Secondary School won for their GreenWay proposal to create a composting initiative using the cafeteria scraps; the resulting soil will be sold to generate revenue to maintain and expand the composting project.

2.    The Windermere Secondary School won for their Zero Waste proposal which will create a composting program in every classroom at the school, and expand to eventually offer and facilitate community wide composting.

In the 6 to 12 age group, three Vancouver School based projects each won up to $12, 500.

1.    Elsie Roy Elementary School won for their Operation Organics proposal which will create an organic vegetable and herb garden, a composting program, and a agricultural display for a local community centre.

2.    David Livingston Elementary won for their Livingstone Green proposal which will create a recycling center, compost center and garden for the school and surrounding community.

3.    Grandview/¿uuqinak'uuh Elementary Earth School won for their Trading Spaces for Greener Places proposal which will start an urban orchard, an Aboriginal ethno-botanical garden, a worm farm, and a neighbourhood composting station.

In the same age group, 6 to 12 years-old, one Vancouver School based project won up to $1,250.

1.    Henderson Elementary School won for their Spirit Garden proposal which will create an intergenerational garden which will simultaneously create community spirit.

The Vancouver School Board sends a big thank you to all of those student groups and schools that put together such amazing proposals to make their schools more sustainable!

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