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The Richmond School District's Environmental Stewardship Policy 602.14.1

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Educating our young people to become environmental stewards is a collaborative effort involving students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators. Learning from each other’s experiences in environmental stewardship motivated us to begin the process of improving and enhancing our Environmental Stewardship Policy in 2010.

The objective of this process is to shift from a project-based approach to astrategic system-wide approach, in order to create the necessary conditions to integrate environmental sustainability into the overall organizational structure and culture of our District.

The Policy 602.14.1 RevisionTeam, comprised of representatives from education, facilities, maintenance, andthe Board, undertook an extensive policy revision and stakeholder consultationprocess that spanned a full year. 

On June 6, 2011 the Board approved the revised Policy 602.14.1 Environmental Stewardship and accompanying 602.14.1-R (Regulations) and 602.14.1-G (Guidelines).

Our next steps are to create and support structures that will transform the Policy 602.14.1 Environmental Stewardship into practical actions including:

The Richmond Sustainability Action Team consisting of students and staff that will develop the 5-year dynamic District Sustainability Action Plan
School and site based Green Teams  
A Communication Plan
Eco-Wise assessment tool
Learning opportunities for all
Research and development of effective practices and practical actions

We are pleased to share this document with you, invite you to contextualize it to your organizational needs, and offer us any constructive feedback.

Policy 602.14.1 EnvironmentalStewardshipDocument.doc


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Click this link to be taken to the Awards and Recognition page.

Brighouse Elementary: Sustainable School of the Future

Click the picture below or this link to be taken to a blog with information in regard to the Brighouse Elementary School Project.  Well worth a look!

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Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, all public sector organizations are required to report out annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.In addition, core government is required to report on emissions associated with business travel beginning in October 2007 through the end of 2008, and on the offsets purchased to achieve carbon neutral travel.

Click here to view the 2009 Carbon Neutral Action Report for the Richmond School District.

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On Earth Day, April 22, 2010, students across British Columbia  will celebrate their entries in the second annual BC Green Games, Science World’s province-wide contest that rewards students’ eco-actions. Winners of the contest, including teams from Richmond, were announced today and will receive $1,000 each for their school. Viewer’s Choice winners will also receive $500 for their school.

“We continue to be inspired by the students who participate in BC Green Games,” says Pauline Finn, vice president of Community Outreach with Science World. “They show us all what can be accomplished when you not only talk about being eco-conscious, but take action to be green.”

In Richmond, students from W D Ferris Elementary won for their project, “A Green Year” and students from Robert Alexander McMath Secondary won for their project, “Going Green, Going Global.” All projects can be viewed at bcgreengames.ca. Participants are encouraged to celebrate their projects on Earth Day or with Science World at TELUS World of Science. At TELUS World of Science, winners will be recognized in a special event beginning at 10:00am on April 22 that will also kick off the official launch of Science World’s feature exhibition, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.

Science World manages BC Green Games with input from government, school district, university, science and environmental education community partners. Presenting sponsors are BC Hydro and Terasen Gas.

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Cherrie Lam, a Grade 11 student, a secondary student in our district, entered a video into the B.C. Hydro Environment Competition called "Invent the Future". Her short animation was done completely on her own time and she won first prize in the 13-17 year old video competiton and a $2500 award. Cherie's "Use the Grey, Save the Day" video can be seen HERE.  Well done, Cherie

Our district has created a web tool allows schools to explore a variety of ways to promote awareness and behavioural change for environmental sustainability. School green teams can log into the data record area to record progress towards environmental sustainability in key focus areas, including Leadership and Teamwork, Energy Conservation, Waste Management and Green Initiatives. Schools can achieve bronze, silver, gold or even the highest green achievement level in each focus area.  Click here for a PREVIEW

Wondering Where to Recycle a Material in Your Corner of BC?
The Recycling Council of British Columbia has an interactive website where you can find out where to recycle the following materials: appliances, batteries, beverage containers, electronics, flammable liquids, hazardous items, metal, oils, paint, paper, plastics and rubber.  Click on the RCBC logo at the right to jump to the site

Our District Carbon Neutral Action Reports for 2009
The BC Government states 2010 is an important year for BC's public sector. By reducing our own emissions as much as possible and by preventing the release of carbon pollution through BC offset projects, we will be the first jurisdiction in North America to become carbon neutral. Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, all public sector organizations are required to report out annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Here is a direct link to the government website

By completing a Carbon Neutral Action Report, our organization is fulfilling its legislated reporting requirements for the 2009 calendar year. I would like to give you a brief summary of our draft document you have before you.  Over the past few months, through district committee meetings and discussion with educational and support staff, I have compiled information in this document to reflect our progress during 2009, and where we see us going in the next two years.

The document is comprised of two parts, and two page executive summary/overview and a five page report which has been submitted and approved.   To view an online version of the report, click on this link to view the report.