Green News

Apr 25 2013 - 8:22am

On April 6, 2013, refugee students originally from Vietnam were joined by their families and friends when they broke ground at the site of their future community garden at Moberly Elementary School.

 
Mar 7 2013 - 9:09am

Last month, Emily Carr Elementary students got a chance to show off their scientific knowledge at the school's annual science fair.

 
Mar 1 2013 - 11:50am

This Valentine’s Day, Spectrum Alternative Program got a very special gift that wasn’t made of chocolate. Thanks to some grant writing and a lot of hard work by staff, the program’s newest enrollees were four chickens. This makes Spectrum the first program and school in the district to take advantage of the city’s new urban chicken policies. So far they are a big hit among students.

 
Feb 7 2013 - 9:23am

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 35 focused and enthusiastic girls and boys from Edith Cavell Elementary’s Grade 6 and 7 classes worked with 18 students from the Tupper Tech program to build three wooden composters. School staff say the new composters complement the school’s growth plan focus on the environment and sustainability. 

 
Jan 30 2013 - 9:03am

Vancouver students hosted their first Annual Sustainability conference at Magee Secondary. The conference featured an interdisciplinary focus on sustainability and supported Vancouver’s efforts to becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.

 
Jan 29 2013 - 1:41pm

Gladstone Secondary has been awarded $50,000 to support the building of a 30 person greenhouse for the school’s science and foods programs.

 
Jan 24 2013 - 9:47am

Thanks to U-Hill Elementary, YNC was able to become one of the most popular clubs at school. YNC is sponsored by U-Hill teachers and complements the partnerships the school has with UBC Gardens and the Biodiversity Museum.

 
Jan 15 2013 - 11:07am

There are great things growing at Britannia Secondary. One of the school's recent intiatives is a partnership with SOYL (Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership). One of SOYL's projects is Britannia Urban Garden (BUG) Project, which showcases intergenerational landed learning project (ILLP) at UBC.

 
Jan 14 2013 - 9:12am

Food For Thought is a great example of how many of the food-related programs commonly found in Vancouver's schools- from gardening, to cooking, to healthy eating - can be combined to give students a garden-to-plate look at an essential topic.

 
Dec 11 2012 - 9:46am

This year several hundred students from across the Vancouver school district trekked to Windermere Secondary on Friday, November 30, 2012 for a climate-packed conference featuring guest speakers ranging from award-winning filmmaker, writer, comedian and activist Sean Devlin to indigenous community organizer and spiritual leader Rueben George.

 
Nov 30 2012 - 9:19am

This past fall a group of ten volunteers (including current PAC chairs and committee leaders) volunteered in excess of 50 hours to sort through trash and discover treasures. The goal of the initiative was to minimize the garbage that Kitchener Elementary would take to the dump upon completion of the school's move.

 
Oct 2 2012 - 10:09am

This fall, organizers for the VSB Sustainability Conference are putting out a call for interested youth to raise their hand to serve as a head youth delegate to represent their schools at the conference.

 
Sep 21 2012 - 4:24pm

Tiago de Souza Jensen and his group Youth in Action: Yemen were interested in raising awareness about Yemeni oil and water-related issues. The group of eight Grade 12 IB students at Churchill Secondary say their principle aim was to encourage global-mindedness and action. So, they decided to brainstorm some ways they could get the message out about key global issues into the community. 

 
Sep 10 2012 - 10:44am

The Vancouver School District will be hosting its first Annual Sustainability Conference on January 21st 2013. The conference will be held on a non-instructional day in order to facilitate district wide participation. The conference is designed to bring together the entire community to discuss, learn and take action toward achieving a comprehensive set of goals to advance and accelerate sustainability across our schools and district operations.

 
Sep 6 2012 - 10:54am

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.

 
Aug 16 2012 - 10:05am

On Saturday, August 25, a dozens of Metro Vancouver students and supporters will hit the road for a 70 km bike ride to carry a petition to Victoria calling for BC to commit to a sustainable future.

 
Aug 15 2012 - 8:21am

This week, 50 students at the Maple Grove Elementary Healthy Eaters and Leaders (HEAL) Summer Camps got to try their hand gardening, raising money for the SPCA, cooking up a healthy storm and testing their knowledge against university students. The week of activities were organized by the West 1 Community School Team and their 11 staff members and four volunteers.

 
Jun 27 2012 - 8:00am

There is a lot going on at Nelson Elementary these days. Over the past year, the school community has transformed an unused concrete strip on the edge of the school grounds into a flourishing food garden. Meanwhile, students and local artists spent weeks painting an inspiring community mural on one of the school’s walls.

 
Jun 26 2012 - 7:39am

Last week, Queen Elizabeth Elementary hosted its third annual harvest party. On a sunny Thursday, dozens of eager students poured into the school’s courtyard to sample a wide assortment of garden variety treats. The students were entertained by a wandering minstrel musician singing improvisational vegetable songs.

 
Jun 13 2012 - 7:32am

The Vancouver School Board and non-profit Fresh Roots signed a partnership agreement paving the way for a quarter acre landscaped school market garden. The agreement is the first of its kind in Canada.