The BC Ministry of Environment selected the Vancouver School Board as one of four organizations across the public sector in BC to showcase organizations making a difference in the Province in reducing their carbon footprint and integrating sustainability into their business operations.
"This really is great news because here in Vancouver, we really would like to be a model of sustainability for other School Districts in the Province of British Columbia," says Superintendent Steve Cardwell.
The approach taken by VSB is one where the district is pursuing a whole systems approach to sustainability by advancing change and making improvements in how it builds new schools and how it integrate renewable energy systems.
"We want to improve our existing processes by exploring partnerships on sustainability where possible with our neighbours such as local governments, post-secondary institutions and local utilities," says Kirthi Roberts, VSB's Manager of Sustainability and Climate Action.
The district's work to become more sustainable was recently profiled by the Province and Ministry of Environment in a short video.
Roberts says that over the past few years, the district has made a great deal of progress.
The School District's 2011 Carbon Neutral Action Report can be found here.
Other Public Sector Organizations in BC that were similarly profiled by the Provincewere the BC Housing, BC Liquor Distribution Branch and Vancouver Island University.