If students at your school are taking action to promote the pillars of sustainability (social well-being, a sound economy and a healthy environment), or if you’d like to see what other schools are doing to create their sustainable future, email Youth Encouraging Sustainability (Y.E.S.) or visit their website to find out how you can get involved and register for the 2016 Celebration of Sustainable Schools conference.
The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, May 6th!
Y.E.S. is gearing up for their 2016 Celebration of Sustainable Schools conference to be held on May 18, 2016 at the Manitoba Theater for Young People. Y.E.S. is looking for schools interested in presenting what action they are taking to promote sustainability along with students interested in learning what other schools are doing to make their school and communities more sustainable.
The fourth annual Y.E.S. Celebration of Sustainable Schools conference was held on May 21, 2015 at the University of Winnipeg. The 2015 event was a huge success and included student presentations, sustainability focused workshops and a Sustainability Expo. Over 20 schools participated along with workshop facilitators from FortWhyte Alive, Green Action Centre and Manitoba Conservation Districts Association. Expo exhibitors included schools, local sustainability focused organizations and Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.
2015 student presentations provided a great opportunity for youth to lead and learn from each other. Presentations were given by elementary and high schools and included:
- Elmwood Sustainability Initiatives, Elmwood High School
- Leading Young People to a Future of Promise and Possibilities Through Mentorship and Education, Wayfinders Manitoba/ Maples Collegiate
- A Sustainable Aeration System for the Town of Altona, W.C. Miller Collegiate
- Kids’ New Horizons (Do It Yourself Science for Sustainability), Holy Cross School
- Journey to Become an Eco-Globe School, Met School
Lena Andersson, co-chair of the Y.E.S. Celebration of Sustainable Schools conference was very pleased with the feedback received from the 2015 conference. Watching the students teach and learn from one another is one of the conference highlights for Andersson. Fellow co-chair Mike Jensen explains that this year’s workshops really engaged students and the expo displays showed them the incredible depth of resources available towards sustainability initiatives in our province.