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Teacher Resources

There are various people, organizations and resources available to support your Sustainability Initiatives throughout the district.   Below is a list of resources that are available to help you create and sustain successful projects!  

Need financial support your various projects? Below is a highlight of various funding avenues.  

1.   Richmond School District Sustainability Grants – The Richmond School District has provided $1000 grants for schools based sustainability initiatives for the past five years.  The purpose of the grants is to provide opportunities for schools to explore innovative ways to be sustianable and green.  The projects vary and fall into five broad categories: gardening, waste reduction, greening, composting and eco-clubs.

2.  Green Games – The Ministry of Education and Science World have launched the first ever Green Games.  $2000 awards will be given to winning submissions that showcase their Sustainability Initiatives.  Registration has just begun.  Go to www.bcgreengames.ca for more information.

3.  Evergreen – Evergreen supports greening and gardening projects.  Schools can apply for funding ranging from $500 - $2000.  Apply early as funding is on a first come, first serve basis.  Application deadline is January, 16, 2009.  For more information go to evergreen.ca

4.  Richmond Youth Foundation – The Richmond Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of highly motivated youth and young adults.  Funding is available for a variety of projects that support the vision of improving life in Richmond.  Go to www.ryfoundation.org

For the classroom and beyond… There are various resources available. This list is not exhaustive.  If you have additional resources that you would like to share, please email them to rpoon@sd38.bc.ca.


BC Science Outreach Directorywww.bcscienceoutreach.ca - This directory produced in partnership with the BC Innovation Council and NSERC , provides local and community contacts that can help support various Sustainability Initiatives.  

BC Hydrowww.bchydro.com - BC Hydro provides information to the public about energy production, usage and safety.  There is an Energy Detectives program for grade 2 students.  Sign up online for more information.  

City of Richmond -  The City of Richmond offers the Project WET Elementary School Science Program.  This workshop targets grade 4-7 students, and educates students about water quality, supply, reduction and sustainability.  Workshops will be offered May 19-21, 2009.  For more information, please contact Linda Wark at 604-244-1260.

David Suzuki Foundation - http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ - The David Suzuki Foundation provides a wealth of information about solving global warming, protecting human health, conserving oceans, promoting global conservation, and building a sustainability economy.  Check back often to get updated news.   

Ecofoot.org – This website was voted as one of the 50 best websites of 2007.  Check out how big your feet are!  

Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist’s Association - http://www.bctf.ca/eepsa/ - This PSA provides valuables resources for educators.  Join the Inspiring Sustainability in BC Schools Conference at Science World on Oct. 24, 2008.  

Green Learning  - www.GreenLearning.ca - Green Learning provides learning resources for K-12 classes.  Interactive lessons include EnerAction, Ecards, and Electricity is all Around Us.  Lessons tie in nicely to IRPs.

Hanson, Robert.  The Rough Guide to Climate Change.  London: Rough Guides Ltd, 2008.  – This is an excellent book for understanding the Science around Climate Change.  It also gives practical solutions for schools and beyond.  

LiveSmart BCwww.livesmartbc.ca - Provides information about BC’s Climate Action Plan.  Emissions Reduction targets and information how you can save money and reduce your impact on the environment are outlined.

Metro Vancouver –  www.metrovancouver.org -   There is invaluable information about Metro Vancouver.  Find out more information about the Zero Waste Challenge and Tap Water Campaign.  Professional Development workshops are also available.  

Ministry of Education http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/environment_ed/ -Download the latest Environmental Learning Guide.  See how you are already incorporating Sustainability practices into your classrooms and daily life.  Look out for the curriculum map, which will be available shortly, and will outline the links between the different subjects & grades.  

Sierra Clubwww.sierraclub.bc.ca - The Sierra Club is a non-profit environmental group that offers resources and workshops for schools.  

Resources for Rethinking - http://www.r4r.ca - This is a great teaching resource for lesson plans and activities.  The resources are organized by topic, region and grade.   

Story of Stuff - http://www.storyofstuff.com/ -  A 20 minute animation about our consumerist society.  Where does everything  go?  This is a great video that can start the critical discussion about waste reduction, recycling, composting and creating a sustainable society.  

UBC Sustainability Officehttp://www.sustain.ubc.ca/ -  UBC has been a leader in Campus Sustainability.  Get information about how UBC has gone green and how they continue to decrease their carbon footprint.  UBC is also the first campus to discourage the use of single-use water bottles throughout campus.  

Walking the Talkwww.walkingthetalk.bc.ca - This working group consists of members of the K-12, post-secondary and non-formal sectors that network to provide supports for Sustainability Education in and beyond the classroom.  

YesBCwww.yesbc.ca - YesBC is an incentive reward/scholarship program designed to directly engage BC students in environmental sustainability initiatives.  The YesBC takes a bottoms up approach and encourages students to be leaders and stewards in their own communities.  

Environmental Learning and Experience Document for Teachers
Do you want to find a better way to organize your teaching and lesson planning?
Do you want to be part of positive change from within the education system?
Do you want to empower your students to become environmentally responsible?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this document is for you.
Environmental Learning and Experience Support Videos for Teachers
Intro video 1: Environmental Learning and Experience
Intro video 2: Learning Together: The environmental framework
Environmental Learning and Experience Curriculum Maps
In 2008, a set of ELE Curriculum Maps has been developed to help teachers turn theory into practice for environmental learning by connecting learning outcomes across K-12 curricula with elements of the ELE Guide.
Environmental Learning and Experience Professional Development Templates
In 2008, the ELE Pro-D Templates have been developed for use by educational professionals interested in facilitating high quality professional development experiences for teachers. Building on the ELE curriculum guide and other associated learning resources, the templates are intended to enhance and expand professional development opportunities around environmental education in BC.
Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association
EEPSA is a dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education.