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District Framework

Draft Policy, Regulations, and Guidelines for Effective Practices in Environmental Stewardship

Policy 602.14.1

Environmental Stewardship

The Board of Education recognizes everything in our ecosystem is interconnected and that all of our actions impact its well-being. The Board commits to being a responsible steward of our natural world through conservation and restoration and believes that public education can lead the way by developing an ethic of sustainability in all of our practices. We believe that all decisions and actions need to consider the triple bottom line (educational/social, environmental, and economic impacts).

The Board acknowledges it has a responsibility to educate students and provide opportunities for staff, to develop social responsibility, ecological literacy, sustainable behaviours and actions. The Board aims to develop effective environmental practices and strives to create and support transformational change and innovation within our communities through system-wide integration of environmental stewardship.

As a result of our shared guardianship of this planet, implementation of this policy shall be the joint responsibility of the Trustees, staff, and students.

602.14.1 - R
The Board understands its fundamental responsibility to be environmentally sustainable and to align current and future district policies and actions with governmental policies, regulations and laws.

The intent of the regulation is to create and support the necessary structures for an integrated, system-wide approach to environmental stewardship actions, which include, but not limited to the following.
  • The Richmond Sustainability Action Team consisting of and consulting with representatives from students, stakeholders, and staff that will develop the District Sustainability Action Plan
  • School and site based Green Teams that will create a brief statement of purpose and local plans of action that align with the Environmental Stewardship Policy and the District Sustainability Action Plan
  • A 5-year dynamic District Sustainability Action Plan and its budget, timelines, performance targets, evaluation tools, staffing, resources, etc.
  • Guidelines of effective practices
  • An annual summative report to the Board
  • A communication initiative that will communicate results, acknowledge commitments, and identify and celebrate successes
  • Measurement and assessment tools (i.e. Eco-Wise assessment tool)
  • Professional development and networking opportunities for staff
  • An Integrated Environmental Stewardship Curriculum framework
602.14.1 - G
Principles for developing Guidelines of Effective Practices:
  • Collaboration
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Commitment to the Triple Bottom Line Assessment
  • Leadership
  • Learning for All
Guidelines for Effective Practices have been developed in these areas:
  • Curriculum Development
  • Energy Conservation
  • Grounds Greening
  • Leadership
  • Sustainable Purchasing
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Waste Management
  • Water Conservation

Richmond Sustainability Action Team

The Richmond Sustainability Action Team's role is to consolidate and integrate existing programs while establishing a solid groundwork for an expansion of its efforts and implementation of its environmental stewardship policy. RSAT is a group that supports and directs district environmental stewardship initiatives from a corporate perspective.

Sustainability Café

The Sustainability Café is an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, and support staff to discuss leadership and initiatives in environmental stewardship at the school level.  The Café has regular monthly meetings and receives direct support from the Richmond Sustainability Action Team. During the 90 minutes, a keynote speaker will address the focus topic and Michael Wolfe will facilitate activities, discussions, and share relevant resources. There will be raw-local-organic snacks provided, along with time for networking and sharing of your stories of sustainability.