Zero Waste Education Workshops
Since 2017, AWARE has delivered FREE Zero Waste Education Workshops in classrooms throughout the region on behalf of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD). The Zero Waste Education Workshops are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging, with students learning practical waste reduction and sorting skills that can be easily integrated into everyday routines.
In the last 3 years we have delivered workshops to 166 school groups, engaging over 3000 students in zero waste action in the communities of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and Lillooet. Despite the challenges of COVID, a revised online workshop allowed us to reach 669 students over the 2020/21 school year.
2021-22 Workshop Offerings & How To Sign Up
Registration is now open!
Due to growth in demand for workshops we are initially offering sessions for Grade 4, 7, and 10 classes. Depending on uptake and availability, sessions may be opened up to other Grades in the new year (dates to be released in December).
Workshops are available on a first-come first-served basis – so register your grade 4 / 7 / 10 class early (or for other grades sign up for the waitlist to be the first to hear if and when more workshops are added).
Book Your Workshop Today!
This year we are excited to be able to offer both in person and online workshops to best suit the needs of each class, whilst keeping the program accessible should COVID regulations change.
Pick Your Preferred Workshop Format:
Online Presentations + Interactive Workbook
Online workshops simply require a classroom smartboard or projector and ability to run zoom. To keep virtual sessions engaging there is a workbook for students to complete during the workshop, with workbooks mailed to your school prior to your session.
Classroom Presentation + Interactive Activities
To register for in-person workshops, click the community your school is located in from the list below.
Join The Waitlist
Teachers whose classes are not Grade 4, 7, or 10, but interested in a workshop please sign up to be added to our waitlist.
“I learned a lot and plan to use my knowledge into the future.”– Sophie, Grade 7, Signal Hill Elementary, Pemberton
“This workshop helps the environment!”– Tiiya7an, Grade 5, Xet’olacw Community School, Mount Currie
“She explained what the problem was and easy ways to solve it.”– Carolyn, Grade 6, Spring Creek Community School, Whistler
What teachers like:
The real life examples and personalized resources. The kids saw places they recognized and materials they were familiar with and I really helped them to connect ideas and stay engaged.’
‘I think actually seeing (in video) the landfill and recycling site reinforces the idea that the garbage doesn’t just disappear when they put it in the bin. Students seemed kind of surprised to see the garbage appear again.’
‘Knowing this educational effort was being offered helped to engage our class and model how we can work together to clean up our act!’
The Zero Waste Education Workshops are intended to:
- Increase knowledge and awareness of waste issues, on the global scale and in students’ home communities.
- Build an understanding of key actions we can each take to reduce waste and keep things out of the landfill.
- Empower students to become zero waste champions in their homes, schools and communities.
The workshops are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging with students learning practical waste skills that can be easily integrated into everyday routines. Our approach to target Grades 4, 7 and 10 will help the program progress long term and remain impactful year to year.
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