Students and staff at schools throughout the Kootenay Lake School District are collectively making and maintaining changes that positively impact our environment every day.

Tackling climate change and the topic of sustainability is a cause that every student and staff can get behind through a variety of green initiatives happening in our schools. Recycling, composting and school garden programs are cultivating a new generation of environmental stewards. Earth clubs and climate chasers that want to help the planet meet weekly at a variety of schools.

Classes are also headed outdoors more to learn about the environment and to understand our carbon footprint. At WE Graham Community School in Slocan, students planted four maple trees in the fall and are planning to use a variety of permaculture techniques around the base of the trees this spring to create bee friendly habitats.

SD8’s UNESCO school, Canyon Lister Elementary, has been promoting sustainability and what it means to be an environmental conscious school for many years. With a mission to “Speak up, change minds and change the world”, the Be the Change student group at Canyon Lister have taken on many projects including garbage cleanups, ‘off the grid’ challenges, helping to pull invasive weeks at the Creston Wildlife Centre and making produce bags and beeswax reusable food wrappers. Students will be at Save-on-Foods in Creston in the coming weeks during their weekly UNESCO project hour to hand out reusable produce bags and educate shoppers on how they too can make positive changes.

“We are proud of all the Go Green initiatives,” says Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins. “One day at a time, one step at a time, all our students will make the world a better place.”

The Board of Education’s commitment to ‘going green’ is evident in the number of projects and initiatives that have been implemented this year in a district-wide effort to focus on sustainability and the environment.

Department staff are committing to using more online form and document sharing technology to reduce paper consumption and an increase in the use of video conferencing for team meetings has helped to reduce emissions from travel. The Operations and Transportation Department is also looking into sourcing green technologies for school buses and district vehicles.

For a full listing of school and department Go Green Initiatives, visit

 – School District 8 Kootenay Lake