On April 18, 2016, there are no classes as the VSB schools for a District-wide professional development day. But hundreds of VSB Secondary students are not taking a day off - they are gathering for their own event - the 2016 Student Sustainability Conference.
"Re-Rooting Sustainability" - the 2016 Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference (VSBSC) will be held on April 18th , 2016 at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. The conference includes keynotes speakers, workshops, an NGO fair, and lots of opportunities to connect with students from all over the district.
This year's conference theme - "re-rooting sustainability" hopes to create new roots for environmental activists, re-engaging them in issues they care about or ones they don't yet know about. Sustainability is often considered as being too green or radical, and economic or social aspects are often overlooked. This event will help youth understand all aspects of sustainability, tying in the environmental benefits with a high-performing economy and educated society. To re-root, or re-route, sustainability is to build a new path for youth to consider. There are 13 different workshops for attendees to consider attending including: Exploring the Culture of Food Waste, Nature, Love, Climate Change, and Climate Change vs. Capitalism.
The event is expecting over 200 participants - mostly students from the VSB but also some teachers, and students from other district
First held in 2013, the student sustainability conference is an event created by students, for students, about issues that are relevant to students. For more information or to register - please visit: http://vsb-sustainabilityconference.com/