Sustainability Efforts

The Burnaby School District has a Sustainability Strategic Plan that reflects the voices of the entire Burnaby Schools community. It sets out goals, objectives and specific actions to mobilize our efforts to:

  • increase our climate action response, and
  • further empower youth in the District to be the leaders of today and tomorrow in sustainability.

You can read the full plan here, and learn more below about sustainability and environmental awareness work happening in Burnaby Schools.


The Burnaby School District is deeply committed to sustainability and is proud of the leadership role that students are taking on this pressing global issue. While we’re supportive of […]

Beyond the Climate Strike: Students Supporting the Planet

The Burnaby School District is deeply committed to sustainability and is proud of the leadership role that students are taking on this pressing global issue. While we’re supportive of […]
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There are many outstanding examples of students making a difference in the community, such as Aubrey Elementary, where they raised almost $4,000 for the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. Burnaby Mountain’s […]

Student Campaigns Contribute to the Community

There are many outstanding examples of students making a difference in the community, such as Aubrey Elementary, where they raised almost $4,000 for the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. Burnaby Mountain’s […]
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Four student-initiated proposals to improve sustainability have been selected for funding in the first-ever Climate Project Challenge, put on in partnership by the District’s student-led Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network, […]

Up for the Challenge: Students’ Sustainability Projects

Four student-initiated proposals to improve sustainability have been selected for funding in the first-ever Climate Project Challenge, put on in partnership by the District’s student-led Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network, […]
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The staff cycling team at Moscrop Secondary is the winner of the School Cycling Advocates Award from HUB Cycling. The team has shown their commitment year-over-year to promoting cycling […]

School Staff Win Prestigious Cycling Award for Promoting Healthy Transport

The staff cycling team at Moscrop Secondary is the winner of the School Cycling Advocates Award from HUB Cycling. The team has shown their commitment year-over-year to promoting cycling […]
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A number of students have recently been recognized for their leadership in sustainability. Supporting the environment and furthering connection to the outdoors are actively supported across the District, as […]

Sustainability: Student Awards and Leadership

A number of students have recently been recognized for their leadership in sustainability. Supporting the environment and furthering connection to the outdoors are actively supported across the District, as […]
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Throughout the District, students are making powerful connections to the environment on Earth Day and beyond. Earth Day Several classes took time on Earth Day to consider their own […]

Honouring the Planet

Throughout the District, students are making powerful connections to the environment on Earth Day and beyond. Earth Day Several classes took time on Earth Day to consider their own […]
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The Burnaby School District has its first-ever Sustainability Strategic Plan. It sets out goals, objectives, and actions to mobilize our efforts to: increase our climate action response, and further […]

We Mean Green: The Plan

The Burnaby School District has its first-ever Sustainability Strategic Plan. It sets out goals, objectives, and actions to mobilize our efforts to: increase our climate action response, and further […]
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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 […]

Supporting Sustainable Choices

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 […]
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Buckingham Elementary and Stoney Creek Community School are the latest two Burnaby Schools to install colourful hand-painted images of fish on their fences, as part of their Stream of […]

Stream of Dreams and Environmental Learnings

Buckingham Elementary and Stoney Creek Community School are the latest two Burnaby Schools to install colourful hand-painted images of fish on their fences, as part of their Stream of […]
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With school communities throughout the District embracing the benefits of learning outside, Kitchener Elementary started the school year with a new mural for their outdoor learning space. The massive […]

The Beauty of Outdoor Learning: New Mural

With school communities throughout the District embracing the benefits of learning outside, Kitchener Elementary started the school year with a new mural for their outdoor learning space. The massive […]
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Several students and staff finished off the school year receiving recognition for their talents and contributions. Below are some examples from throughout the District. The City of Burnaby’s 2021 […]

Students and Staff Shine: Awards and Competitions

Several students and staff finished off the school year receiving recognition for their talents and contributions. Below are some examples from throughout the District. The City of Burnaby’s 2021 […]
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High school students who are part of the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network (BYSN) led a three-part speaker series to raise awareness of environmental issues and how we can all […]

Students Raise Awareness of Sustainability

High school students who are part of the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network (BYSN) led a three-part speaker series to raise awareness of environmental issues and how we can all […]
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Across the District, outdoor learning has been on the rise. In addition to the health benefits and fresh air while outside, students have been exploring Indigenous principles and feelings […]

The Growth of Outdoor Learning

Across the District, outdoor learning has been on the rise. In addition to the health benefits and fresh air while outside, students have been exploring Indigenous principles and feelings […]
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Taking learning outside is a concept long embraced in the Burnaby School District. With the emphasis on outdoor learning in our back-to-school restart plans, teachers are seizing opportunities to […]

Embracing Nature’s Playground and Classroom

Taking learning outside is a concept long embraced in the Burnaby School District. With the emphasis on outdoor learning in our back-to-school restart plans, teachers are seizing opportunities to […]
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Two student leaders from the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network were honoured with Environmental Awards from the City of Burnaby in the youth category for their work in the 2019-20 […]

Secondary Students Win Big at City of Burnaby Environmental Awards

Two student leaders from the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network were honoured with Environmental Awards from the City of Burnaby in the youth category for their work in the 2019-20 […]
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Nearly 140 secondary students, staff, and special guests at the “We Mean GREEN in Burnaby Schools” event generated ideas that will help inform the Burnaby School District’s first Strategic […]

We Mean Green: Our First Sustainability Plan

Nearly 140 secondary students, staff, and special guests at the “We Mean GREEN in Burnaby Schools” event generated ideas that will help inform the Burnaby School District’s first Strategic […]
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Burnaby students are doing their part in the global effort to help animals that have been injured or displaced by the devastating bushfires in Australia. Millions of acres of […]

Students Help Animals in Australia Impacted by Fires

Burnaby students are doing their part in the global effort to help animals that have been injured or displaced by the devastating bushfires in Australia. Millions of acres of […]
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Top Photo: First place team L to R, Daniel Wang, Andy Shaw, BCIT mentor, Alex Logan, William Li, and James Zhang. Bottom Photo: Second place team L to R, […]

Student Competition Supports Sustainability Skills

Top Photo: First place team L to R, Daniel Wang, Andy Shaw, BCIT mentor, Alex Logan, William Li, and James Zhang. Bottom Photo: Second place team L to R, […]
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The Burnaby School District is being honoured for its leadership and innovation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Efficiency in Action Award from Fortis BC recognizes our efforts in […]

District Awarded for Environmental Impact

The Burnaby School District is being honoured for its leadership and innovation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Efficiency in Action Award from Fortis BC recognizes our efforts in […]
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University Highlands Elementary has been designated a “Fair Trade School” – the first and only in BC. There are 25 Fair Trade schools across Canada. A “Fair Trade” designation requires […]

First School in BC to Earn Fair Trade Designation

University Highlands Elementary has been designated a “Fair Trade School” – the first and only in BC. There are 25 Fair Trade schools across Canada. A “Fair Trade” designation requires […]
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Part of a world-wide student-led movement, the Global Climate Strike (September 20-27) is a series of international strikes and protests to demand action to address climate change. The Burnaby […]

Global Climate Strike

Part of a world-wide student-led movement, the Global Climate Strike (September 20-27) is a series of international strikes and protests to demand action to address climate change. The Burnaby […]
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In Burnaby Schools, we care about our district’s environmental impact and so do our students. A number of them have been recognized for their efforts. Return-It Award: Aubrey’s Green […]

Students Celebrated for Efforts to Support the Environment

In Burnaby Schools, we care about our district’s environmental impact and so do our students. A number of them have been recognized for their efforts. Return-It Award: Aubrey’s Green […]
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