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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
Board Trustee Representatives
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
SSC CONTRIBUTIONS: EDUCATIONAL & COMMUNITY EVENTS
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
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
6/25/2015 1:26:03 PM
Check out Janet May's booklet about TRE-Cycling on our Facebook page!
3/12/2015 8:28:34 AM
Some treecycling work by Grade 3 students.
3/11/2015 9:29:53 PM
Treecycling with Janet May happening at your local Powell River elementary schools. Funded by the SSC. Pictures to come!
3/11/2015 9:27:21 PM
Spring has sprung. Time to garden.Thanks to Vanessa Sparrow for her design/planning help
2/2/2015 1:13:44 PM
Just a quick heads up: Our next SSC meeting is rescheduled to Monday Feb.23 @ 3:45pm
Questions for the SSC
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