School Programs

The City of North Vancouver and North Vancouver School District (SD44) work together on a number of initiatives.


Recycling & Food Waste Education

Everybody knows the saying, 'reduce, reuse, recycle', but may not realize that this is actually a waste hierarchy, with recycling at the bottom. Here are some resources for introducing zero waste to your school.

Metro Vancouver

K-12 School & Youth Leadership Programs promote waste reduction awareness and actions in schools and communities:

  • Love Food Hate Waste - Every day, thousands of kilograms of edible fruits and vegetables go to the landfill. Nearly half of all food produced worldwide is wasted, and as much as 30 per cent of the food we purchase is thrown away in our homes. Find great info and tips from the campaign.
  • K-12 Field Trips - Experienced-based field trips to Regional Parks, drinking watersheds, and water and waste management facilities.
  • Teacher Workshops - Engaging and inspiring professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, exploring strategies and resources to connect students to local sustainability topics.
  • K-12 Resources - Teaching and learning tools to engage students with local sustainability topics, including ecological health, water, waste, wastewater, air quality and climate change.
  • Youth4Action - Inspiring and connecting Metro Vancouver high school youth leaders to understand and take collaborative action for sustainability in school communities.

Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC)

Road to Zero Waste is designed as a resource for teachers who wish to incorporate environmental education in their class curriculum. Its goal is to empower schools and educators in bringing environmental learning to their students through a variety of activities. 

Just Eat It

Learn more about the issue of food waste and about food rescue in Knowledge Network’s Just Eat It!

The Story of Stuff 

The project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, they’re a Community of 750,000 change-makers worldwide, working to build a healthier and more just planet. Find High School Curriculum at

The Clean Bin Project

The Clean Bin Project is an award winning documentary film which follows Jen and Grant’s year of trying to live consumer and waste-free and explores the larger issues of garbage in North America. Featuring interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert, Captain Charles Moore, the film presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action.

Waste & Energy Conservation Workshops (Grades 2, 4 & 5)

The City has partnered with Skye Consulting to offer classroom sustainability workshops on waste reduction and energy conservation. These programs are offered at no charge to specific grades, and are highly interactive and curriculum-connected.

The City is offering the following programs:

  • Litter Bug – Grade 2
  • Energy Target – Grade 4
  • Waste to Zero – Grade 5

For more info on current offerings, contact 604-983-7333.

Cool It! Climate Leadership Training (Grades 4-7)

Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program (formerly called Climate Change Showdown) is a partnership between the City and the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) to deliver educational workshops for grades four to seven students in all City schools. BCSEA is a non-profit association committed to promoting the understanding, development and adoption of sustainable energy and energy conservation and efficiency in British Columbia.

Learn more and see past recipients here.

Safe and Active School Travel

The City of North Vancouver, together with the North Vancouver School District, TravelSmart, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, created the Safe and Active School Travel Program (SASTP) in 2014. The goal is to encourage safe and healthy travel options to schools, identify issues such as unsafe crossings, and get more kids walking or cycling to school.

Active travel has many benefits:

  • More alert, focused, healthier and happier children
  • Long lasting healthy habits for children
  • Reduced traffic issues surrounding schools and other family-oriented local destinations
  • More family-oriented neighbourhoods, which allow for an increased sense of community
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution

Get school-specific maps and learn more on the Safe and Active Schools webpage.

Dreamrider Entertainment

Through live entertainment and the best of the digital classroom, DreamRider inspires kids to drive behaviour change in their families and communities. Find out more about their Planet Protector Academy programs and their live interactive theatre shows at

Composting & Gardening

The Edible Garden Project is a North Shore-based organization whose mission is to share, farm and teach edible gardening. Fed Up is their K-12 school program that gets kids out of the classroom and into the garden to learn the cycles of food production from seed to soil. More at

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