What is DeltaGreen?
The Delta School District has taken a proactive role in environmental stewardship for many years. Facilities have been constructed, renovated and retrofitted with energy conservation in mind, schools and other District sites have undertaken paper recycling programs and other waste reduction measures, custodial practices have changed to reduce packaging and incorporate more environmentally friendly cleaning products, and a number of other initiatives have been implemented to do our part in greening our operations. However, we need to do far more in the areas of climate action, conservation of non-renewable resources, water and the environment, and contribution to sustainable region principles established by Metro Vancouver. DeltaGreen is the strategy the Delta School District has developed and follows to bring us to sustainable excellence. Click here to view District Administrative Procedure #544 – Sustainability.
Energy Conservation Grants Back for 2017-18
It is time again for our School District’s Energy Conservation Grant Program – an excellent opportunity to save energy and earn up to $1,000 that can be spent however your green team decides to. Choose from 8 Activities! Last year, we had some great results and thank you to all the schools who participated!
As the funding comes from the District utility budget, the goal is to reduce the consumption and cost of the utilities with behavioural changes. The goal is for the staff and students to be more aware of what they are using energy for and how it can be wasteful. Every day, there is at least one story on the local news that is related to energy whether it’s the increasing BC Hydro rates, future liquefied natural gas facilities or oil pipelines proposed to run though our province. Energy affects climate change, climate change affects the environment, the environment affects our health, our economy, our lifestyle..
World Environmental Education Congress
Seaquam students attended the 9th World Environmental Education Congress September 9-13, 2017 in Vancouver. We received compliments throughout the conference from educators, directors and UN officials from around the world on our student’s authenticity, maturity and commitment to sustainability. Congratulations to Abnash Bassi, Parvin Malhi, Abhayjeet Sachal and recent graduates Sarvan Gill and Drydan Weibe. To read articles written by our students on their experience, click here.
2017 ElectroRecycle Challenge Results
The results are in! Last year, the Delta School District collected 1952.5kg of electronics… this year, we collected 2440.5kg – a whopping 488 kg more than last year!!! Our top two collectors were:
- Pebble Hill Elementary with 2.19kg/student = a total of 636kg collected
- Port Guichon Elementary with 2.07kg/student = a total of 339kg collected
Congratulations to Principal Clancy and all students and staff of Pebble Hill. They will receive $1,000 from ElectroRecycle to go toward a Green Intitiative in their community and a school pizza party. And congratulations to Principal Keller and all students and staff of Port Guichon. They will receive a school pizza party.
Thanks to everyone who participated. Mother Earth thanks you!
DYSN Student to Attend Canada 150 Celebration in Ottawa!
Congratulations to Parvin Malhi, a Grade 10 student at Seaquam Secondary, whose entry in the Experiences Canada 150&Me initiative won the competition and she will travel to Ottawa to take part in Canada’s 150 celebration June 28-July 3rd. During the trip, Parvin will represent BC at the National Youth Conference.
Seaquam Students Win YRE Canada National Competition for Second Straight Year!
Congratulations to the 15 DYSN Students (listed below) for winning the 2017 YRE Canada competition. Young Reporters for the Environment is a United Nations sponsored program where students report and take action on local sustainability issues. Participants (ages 11-14 and 15-18) investigate and report on environmental issues, and propose solutions, by using video, photography or writing. For more information on the YRE Canada competition please visit: http://environmentaldefence.ca/yre/.
This year, FIFTEEN students from Seaquam won SIX of Canada’s NINE awards in the high school category. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a certificate and will have their work published on the Environmental Defence Canada’s website. This year’s 1st place winners will have their work published in Canada’s ‘Alternative Journal’ (a national environmental magazine) http://www.alternativesjournal.ca and will become Canada’s official entry in the 2017 International YRE competition http://www.yre.global/ against winners from 34 other nations for a chance to attend international sustainability conferences with world leaders this summer. YRE international competition winners will be announced on June 5th from the competition headquarters in Copenhagen Denmark. Last year, over 35,000 students participated in the program throughout the world.
DeltaGreen in the News!
Here are the latest stories posted in local newspapers:
- Electricians help schools save more than 1.8 million kWh per year (Surrey Leader – 13 January 2016)
- Expanded recycling efforts divert waste from schools (Delta Optimist – 08 January 2016)
- Pebble Hill wins ElectroRecycle challenge (Delta Optimist – 09 December 2015)
- Custodial staff making Delta schools greener (Delta Optimist – 18 November 2015)
Waste Diversion in Delta Schools and District Facilities
In 2015, the Metro Vancouver Regional District is implementing a disposal ban on organic materials in the waste stream affecting businesses, residents and institutions. In order to comply with the ban, the Delta School District implemented measures over Summer 2014 to ensure organics, as well as recyclable items, are properly separated from the general waste stream, collected and disposed of.
- the purchase and set-up of “Waste Watcher” separation/collection stations at all District facilities;
- adding organic waste dumpsters outside of all District facilities;
- the general removal of waste containers in all classrooms, offices and meeting rooms – leaving only single-stream recycling containers; and
- development of a stronger waste diversion promotion program to change behaviours of staff and students.
Staff and students are encouraged to reduce waste through a variety of means, including “Litterless Lunches”, choosing products with minimal packaging, challenging other schools on waste reduction, and properly separating discarded items into the following receptacles:
- Mixed Recyclables (non-refundable plastic, glass and aluminum food and beverage containers, paper, office metals, cardboards);
- Refundables (refundable beverage cans, bottles, tetra-paks);
- Organics (fruit, vegetable, meat, egg and fish food waste, tea bags, coffee grounds, paper towels, tissues and napkins, plant waste);
- Waste (waxed paper, foil, styrofoam, light bulbs, food wrap, other items not covered in the other receptacles).
For specifics on what goes in each receptacle, refer to the sign above each receptable at the Waste Watcher station. For more information on the Metro Vancouver Organics Ban, click here.
Touchscreens and Energy Monitoring Dashboards
For some time now, touchscreens and programming of the energy monitoring dashboards have been in place near the main entrance of all District sites.