Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
Sustainable Schools Committee



What is the Sustainable Schools Committee?

The Sustainable Schools Committee (SSC) was founded in 2008 and is a Powell River School District sponsored committee. Our mission is to provide environmental education opportunities for local schools and to support ways to minimize our community’s ecological footprint. Each year, the District provides the SSC with an annual operating budget to further its objectives.

Who is the Sustainable Schools Committee?

    • The Sustainable Schools Committee (SSC) is comprised of:
    • A teacher representative from each school in the district
    • District Administrators
    • CUPE Representatives
    • Board Trustee Representatives
    • Parents
    • Community Sustainability Leaders

SSC Contributions: Infrastructure

Since 2008, the SSC has made the following contributions to infrastructure in the Powell River School District:
    • Compost Infrastructure for all District Schools: A partnership with Laurie Chambers of Critter Proof Composts
    • Food Gardens: Edgehill Elementary School, Brooks Secondary Schools, DIGS project at James Thomson
    • Green Building and Permaculture Design Recommendations: Including the Field House at Brooks, Westview Elementary School, and the Outdoor Learning Center at Haywire Bay
    • Native Plant Garden at Entryway to Brooks Secondary
    • Youth Leadership Conferences: The Youth Sustainability Charter Event (2008), and the Community Caretakers Conference (2010
    • School Based Guest Educators: Pebble in the Pond, Holly Arntzen, Terracentric Coastal Adventures, Forest Connect Workshops with Janet May, Otesha Performances etc.
    • Partnership with Professional Development: Co-funded guest speakers Karsten Heurer of Being Caribou and Martin Leblanc of The Child and Nature Network; provided related teacher workshops and locally sourced food for ProD events.
    • Supporter of the Annual Trash Bash Community Clean-Up

SSC Contributions: Resources, Grants, & Release

    • Student Scholarship for Environmental Leadership
    • Resource Distribution to Schools: A Green Teacher Magazine subscription for all District schools
    • Grants for School-Based Environmental Initiatives
    • Support of the BC Green Games by providing ½ day release time for participating teachers to complete submissions
    • Grant of $100 to all School District Schools to support their Bike to School Week initiatives

Applications for Funding

The SSC grants funds to school-based environmental initiatives. Those interested in submitting a request for funding to the SSC can either email their request to their school’s SSC representative or to SSC Chair Ryan Barfoot at rbarfoot@sd47.bc.ca and fill out a funding application form.
    • Funding requests must include the following information:
      • An outline of the project or initiative including objectives
      • A budget outlining the amount being requested and for what
      • A rough timeline for implementing the project
      • SSC Funding Application Form.pdf
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