Since 2017, AWARE has been working with the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) to deliver in-school workshops focused on zero waste throughout the region.

Zero Waste Education Workshop Goals

The Zero Waste Education workshops are structured to align with class prescribed learning outcomes, with the overall goal to:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of local, regional and global waste issues.
  • Build an understanding of key actions we can each take to reduce waste and maximize diversion from landfill.
  • Empower students to become zero waste champions in their homes, lifestyles and communities.
  • Present interactive, fun and engaging content that leaves attendees with practical skills easily integrated into everyday routines.

Project Activities and Reach

Through visuals and an interactive presentation, Zero Waste Education Workshops are designed and delivered to place emphasis on the importance of waste reduction and informed recycling practices. Recycling materials and a PowerPoint presentation are used to help students interpret key messaging, and challenge students’ new and existing knowledge. The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Waste Transfer Station video series is also incorporated to help students and teachers connect with local content and infrastructure (scroll down this page for quick links to videos).

Infrastructure Review and Action Mentorship

In the 2018/19 school year, a new project component was introduced to explore ways AWARE can add value to this education program. This developed into work with students, staff, and parent advisory council on waste infrastructure and systems issues at Whistler Secondary School (WSS). This included 12 supplementary workshops conducted at WSS engaging 231 additional students, a review of existing infrastructure and recommendations report, and mentorship for student-led zero waste initiatives. Workshops were aligned to support such student-led initiatives throughout the school year. This project extension was funded through the support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW).

New for 2020-21

Last year we delivered over 70 waste reduction workshops throughout the region. With an increasing demand for sessions, and in an effort to broaden our reach across the school district, we will be offering workshops to Grade 4, Grade 7 and Grade 10 students each year moving forward.


This year, workshops will be delivered via Zoom on a classroom smartboard or projector. Zoom link details will be provided upon sign up confirmation.


In an effort to keep the virtual presentation engaging for students we have designed a workbook for students to fill out as we go through the content. To minimize printing costs, booklets will be mailed to the school prior to each session. We will also include a return envelope for you to mail back a student review page to help us capture class feedback.

Contact for more information or to host a Zero Waste Education Workshop in your classroom or at your school.

Zero Waste Education Workshop Successes

In year one, AWARE delivered 16 workshops to 372 students – in year three we more than tripled our workshop reach! Through the 2019/20 school year, a total of 54 workshops were held, engaging 1551 students aged 4-17 in zero waste action, in the communities of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and Lillooet.

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Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Waste Transfer Station Videos

Photo: Students from George M. Murray, Lillooet, BC



Trash talk! A fun, engaging and hands-on workshop that left children thinking and talking about ways to reduce waste at school and at home.
– Nina Moore, Whistler Waldorf School
Thank you so much for putting on the Zero Waste Workshop. We loved the jars of different materials to show what can be recycled (or what things are made of). It was super informative and kid-friendly.
– Elana Barlas, Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
As a grade 6 & 7 teacher in Whistler, I am so grateful to have the enthusiasm and expertise of AWARE staff in my classroom. Their presentations of local issues, such as waste reduction and recycling, are both informative and relative to young people. As keen environmentalists already, I am delighted to see my students asking questions and working hard to make a positive change in our community. We seek information on a regular basis from AWARE and appreciate their efforts to educate our community.
– Shelley Ledingham, Myrtle Philip
The Zero Waste workshops are an activity the class looks forward to each year. They come away from the workshop filled with many valuable questions and also a revived determination to make changes in their own lives. As a teacher, I love the conversation and enthusiasm these activities with Kristen inspire within the students!
– Kyle Kirkegaard, Whistler Waldorf School
Thank you for taking the time to come and speak with our high school. The students were very engaged with the content and took a lot of excellent information from the presentation. Having a connection with AWARE Whistler was beneficial for our students as it promotes connection to our place, as well as to our environment. I noticed that following the presentation, our students were more conscious of their waste as well as diligent with their recycling and compost sorting.
– Ellen Maclean, Whistler Waldorf School

Contact for more information or to host a Zero Waste Education Workshop in your classroom or at your school.

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