Sustainability initiatives at the District have always been supported by a committed network of community partners who work with both students and educators at the school level. These partnerships now also play a vital role to advance the goals of the District's Environmental Sustainability Plan.
One of the plan's goals is to support learning initiatives that develop environmentally conscientious citizens. With this is mind, the District works with a variety of local not-for-profit groups with expertise in gardening and food, climate change, zero waste and waste diversion, as well as active transportation education.
These collaborations enrich learning opportunities for students from programs that host field trips to urban agricultural farms to culinary skills programs for classes looking to prepare food grown in their school gardens. Recent activity also include an arts-based group working with classes at Trudeau Elementary and Nelson Elementary to put on theatrical productions about sustainability issues, and classroom-based lessons on recycling took place in 79 classrooms across 34 elementary schools throughout the District last school year.
"Our work with community groups is based on a foundation of shared interests and support the District's Sustainability Plan, making sure that content is aligned with curriculum, and activities are guided by student and educator interests," says Ron Macdonald, manager of energy and sustainability at the District.
The District is also focused on ensuring these initiatives are stable from year to year to create lasting impact through infrastructure changes and program development.
Find out more about the District's Environmental Sustainability Plan.