CRD Educational Resources Help Students Take Action on Climate Change

Feb 14, 2013

Victoria, BC- Teachers and students in elementary schools across the capital region are taking advantage of free educational resources that are focused on protecting natural resources like water and energy. The Capital Regional District (CRD) has launched two programs to support environmental education.

"Every Drop Counts" is a learning resource for teachers focused on drinking water quality, protection and conservation. Educators have been provided lesson plans, activities, video, songs and materials developed by the CRD to empower grade two students to be water stewards. This second edition cross-curricular resource is available to all educators here.

"The Climate Change Showdown" is a program delivered through the BC Sustainable Energy Association and trains grade four through seven students to be climate change superheroes. Through interactive in-class workshops and an at-home contest, the Showdown helps young people learn about climate change and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This year, the CRD and local municipalities have provided program funding to offer the program to 26 regional schools.

"Providing resources and support for schools through programs like these is just one way that the CRD is helping to create a culture of sustainability among residents" said Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager CRD Environmental Sustainability.

"Water is one of our most precious resources," said Mervyn Lougher-Goodey, Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission. "The tools, materials and activities included in the 'Every Drop Counts' resource offer teachers more information about the Sooke Lake Reservoir and how we can all play a role in conservation."

"Having access to free programs, information and resources on environmental issues is a great way to support schools and young learners," said Marla Margetts, Vice Principal of Doncaster Elementary school. "We have an engaged student population and teachers who strive to deliver locally relevant curriculum."

Students at Doncaster Elementary will participate and demonstrate both programs at an educational showcase with elected officials on February 14, 2013.

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For further information, please contact:
Cailey Hopkins
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3225
Cell: 250.516.4976