Current Projects

 

Student Leadership in Sustainability

SLS: Student Leadership in Sustainability is an education curriculum that inspires youth to connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet. This comprehensive suite of experiential, project-based curriculum materials helps students connect global issues to local solutions by taking specific, measurable actions with their classmates and family. SLS fosters the development of student leadership skills by engaging the passion of youth to lead and be the change in their lives, households, schools, and communities. SLS is also available in French and Distance Learning formats as well. Learn more.

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Climate Action Champions

Climate Action Champion (CAC) is a ground breaking initiative that educates and engages youth in individual, home, school, and neighborhood climate actions. Through various district, school, and community activities, the CAC program will inform students on complex climate change issues, engage them in local solutions, and activate their passion for climate action. Assembly presentations, in-class workshops, curricular resources, an online action and engagement portal, and a Climate Action Week will engage approximately 20,000 students, their peers, families, and neighbors in the importance of taking action for the climate. Learn more. 

 

Waste Watchers

Waste Watchers is a suite of waste education resources and activities that engages students in local zero waste solutions through education that empowers behavior change. Resources are best suited for students in a leadership class or environmental club and who the capacity to plan and take action to help their schools get to zero waste. Our educational approach focuses on the issues surrounding zero waste, such as climate change and resource depletion, while supporting youth to champion zero waste initiatives in their schools, homes, and communities. Learn more.

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Professional Development Workshops

Our professional development workshops have been delivered to hundreds of teachers who are interested in learning about our leading edge curricular and pedagogical tools to engage their students' inquiry both in and outside the classroom, on environmental sustainability. Through this workshop, participants gain a greater understanding of a values-based, action-oriented approach to environmental education and the 21st-century pedagogical approaches to empower student leadership in sustainability.  Learn more.

 

Social Innovation in Environmental Education Research

BTCEA’s Founding Director, Maureen Jack-LaCroix is the principle investigator for PhD research into social innovation interventions within B.C.’s education system for influencing the development of a school culture that nurtures environmentally conscious citizens. Utilizing the Social Innovation Lab technology, BTCEA and Maureen have embarked on a community-action research process that will bring educational stakeholders together to share professional knowledge and best practices and to prototype school-based activities, projects, and initiatives that will empower sustainable culture change in schools. 

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Symposium  

The Awaken and Change Symposium is a thought-provoking, challenging, and deeply moving multimedia presentation that features the combined wisdom of such international luminaries as Julia Butterfly Hill, Paul Hawken, Brian Swimme, Maude Barlowe, Van Jones and Desmond Tutu. Through a powerful combination of rich audiovisual materials, cutting-edge information and personal reflection exercises, trained facilitators lead participants through an exploration of critical questions about our relationship with the planet. Learn more here.

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Services

In partnership with municipalities and school districts, BTCEA offers environmental education development and delivery services. From zero waste workshops delivered in schools to the production of student engagement tools, BTCEA works to create resources and programs that engages youth in local sustainability agenda and goals.  

 

Resources

Action Guide

The Be The Change Action Guide is your map to an exciting journey of personal choices, leading you to an empowered lifestyle and expanded worldview that will help sustain your health, your spirit, and the planet. It covers a full range of lifestyle choices and helps us become aware of how every single action we take either supports or undermines our vision for a sustainable, just and fulfilling future for all life. Learn more and get a copy.