Gladstone teacher Susan Chung has been recognized by the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) as a fellow of this year's Community Climate Change Fellowship.
The fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Cornell Civic Ecology Lab.
Chung was among 26 educators selected for the fellowship. Three of the fellowships went to Canadian educators, but Chung was the only British Columbian honoured. She was selected after the NAAEE reviewed her work on the Sustainable Design Ideas Fair of 2009, the Plan-it Earth Conferences of 2010 and 2011 where she sponsored Tesicca Truong, Veronika Bylickie and Hobson Lin and for her work on the VSB Sustainability Conferences of 2012 and 2013, at which she organized co-design youth training and assisted with the conference logistics.
District Director of Instruction Rob Schindel says Chung's selection is based on her unique contribution to education.
"Her commitment to climate change education has been extraordinary both in our schools and across the Vancouver School District," says Schindel. "I have had the opportunity to experience Susan's leadership and facilitation of the co-design process most recently at the VSB Student Sustainability Conference and I can say that all the participants found it to be engaging, creative, and solution focused."