As we seek opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint, the District is supporting school communities to do the same.
One of the ways we’re doing so is by installing electric vehicle charging stations for use by staff, as well as students who drive to school. All high schools now have at least two stations, except for Burnaby North Secondary, which will get theirs when the new building is complete.
Additionally, the District’s Maintenance Services Centre has two electric vehicles in its fleet and four EV stations. The new District Administration Office was designed to include four outlets. This work is a piece of larger efforts to reduce our environmental impact and contribute to sustainability.
Much continues to happen at a grassroots school level, as well.
Taking learning outside is a concept long embraced in the Burnaby School District. A group of teachers were successful in their application for a Friends of the Environment grant from TD Bank. The group maintains a blog to support teachers’ confidence with outdoor learning, including using school gardens. They host sessions and other opportunities to learn from each other.
Their B-Outside Place Based Learning Group received the $7000 grant for this school year to support professional development and project opportunities for classrooms learning outside. The network has 90 teachers in the District, connecting with 21 schools and 21-hundred students.
One of the goals of the Burnaby School District’s Strategic Plan is to increase awareness of climate change and decrease the District’s environmental impact. You can see the full Strategic Plan here.
Read more: Supporting Connectedness to Environment and Sustainability
Stream of Dreams and Environmental Learnings – November 2021
The Beauty of Outdoor Learning: New Mural – September 2021
Students and Staff Shine: Awards and Competitions – July 2021
Students Raise Awareness of Sustainability – May 2021
The Growth of Outdoor Learning – April 2021
Embracing Nature’s Playground and Classroom – October 2020
Secondary Students Win Big at City of Burnaby Environmental Awards – October 2020
We Mean Green: Our First Sustainability Plan – March 2020
Students Help Animals in Australia Impacted by Fires – February 2020
Student Competition Supports Sustainability Skills – November 2019
District Awarded for Environmental Impact – November 2019
First School in BC to Earn Fair Trade Designation – September 2019
Global Climate Strike – September 2019
Students Celebrated for Efforts to Support the Environment – June 2019
Posted January 2022