Environment and Sustainability Websites
BC Green Games
BC Green Games is a province-wide competition for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. It is designed to motivate environmental action, enable sharing, and reward and celebrate the green efforts of schools in BC. This annual environmental action contest for BC schools awards up to $22,000 in cash prizes to schools.
EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. The website is the centerpiece of the program, offering topical information about the environment through interactive, fun, educational games and activities that utilize participants’ willingness to learn.
Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
EEPSA is a BCTF Provincial Specialist Association offering professional development, networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education. Become a member and receive a copy of Green Teacher magazine and a subscription to the EEPSA newsletter Ecolacy. Members also receive support to advocate for improved environmental education in schools and information regarding EEPSA sponsored conferences and events.
Green Schools Initiatives (Ministry of Education)
The Ministry of Education is working with the BC Climate Action Secretariat and collaborating with other government ministries, agencies, and boards of education to establish and co-ordinate Green School initiatives, strategies, and programs that enhance environmental sustainability. The Green Schools Initiative focuses on four themes: supporting students, supporting teachers, developing school communities, and enhancing school infrastructure and transportation systems.
Metro Vancouver Outreach
Explore sustainability in your classroom and beyond. Metro Vancouver offers field trips, teacher workshops, and resources. Through Metro Vancouver, discover the outdoor classroom. Participate in a Metro Vancouver led field trip and experience regional parks, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, or tour a waste water treatment plant or the waste-to-energy facility with your class. Teachers have the unique opportunity to engage in staff development sessions exploring strategies and resources to connect learned to local sustainability topics.
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
delegates to the Spring 2019 Representative Assembly carried a motion for the
BCTF to join the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy Initiative, a global
initiative to address the climate emergency, energy poverty, environmental
degradation and attacks on workers’ rights by advancing democratic control of
energy. This website includes information about the TUED, past editions of the
TUED bulletin, resources such as videos and working papers, and other valuable