THINK & EAT GREEN @ SCHOOL hink & Eat Green @ School is a Community‐University Research
Think & Eat Green @ School addresses food system sustainability by
Alliance promo ng change in what students eat, learn and do at school in rela on to food, health, the environment, and sustain‐ ability. By working closely with school authori es, teachers, parents, and youth, the project aims to reconnect students with the sources of their food.
enabling staﬀ and students to influence how their food is produced and where it comes from, through concrete school projects in areas of:
The Think & Eat Green @ School Project builds on concepts of food system
sustainability, recognizing that the ways food is produced, processed, packaged, transported, consumed, and disposed of have significant impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and our ecological footprint. The project also encompasses the concept of food security, emphasizing that to achieve food security, all six of the
Availability of enough safe and nutri ous food for everybody;
Aﬀordability, making it possible for all people to sa sfy their food needs
within their purchasing power;
Accessibility of food or the ease with which people may obtain available
Acceptability, mee ng diverse cultural and culinary needs, and ethical
standards of respect for human and animal lives in produc on systems;
Safety, meaning that the food supply meets the sanitary standards of
Sustainability, meaning that the food system does not damage the capacity of ecosystems to endure and support the permanent produc on
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and reproduc on of food sources and the stability of food supply over me.
Food consump on, prepara on and procurement at school (i.e. school food programs, cooking skills, and ea ng spaces, farm‐to‐school programs for fresh local food);
following components must be present:
Food produc on at school (i.e. food gardens, compos ng and environmentally sound and produc ve disposal of end products);
Curriculum and teaching and learning innova ons aiming at integrated learning on the whole cycle of food systems, from produc on, processing, transporta on, distribu on, consump on, and disposal of end food products (i.e. compos ng and recycling vs. “waste”) and Think & Eat Green @ School provides opportuni es for students and staﬀ at impacts of health and environment; all levels to reconnect with the sources of their food and to see food as the grand Food policy and ins tu onal adapta on to climate change (policy and connector of all aspects of human life, including our rela onships with each other programs to support more healthy and sustainable food systems at and with nature. school).
These concrete school projects involve collabora ve learning amongst a mul ‐ tude of players, from university students and researchers, health and educa onal ins tu ons to a network of community‐based and community‐supported non‐ profit organiza ons working on food, health, and the environment, linking farms to schools, city dwellers with farmers, school cooks with successful green chefs, restaurateurs, restaurant designers, gardeners, school authori es, teachers and students. Schools are places where students can learn about the food system by being engaged in growing, harves ng, preparing, cooking and ea ng food. Schools can significantly contribute to the greening of their communi es and neighbour‐ hoods through the reduc on of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to the light‐ ening of its ecological footprint.
Approximately 45% of food consumed in BC is imported. Climate change and other global issues affect the food system sustainability of BC communities.
Learning and acting to address global problems at the local level is where ordinary people can make a direct difference. Think & Eat Green @ School fosters food ciƟzenship by providing the en re community of learners—from pupils to professors, teachers to chefs, farmers, gardeners, restaurateurs, and nutri on and health professionals—with opportu‐ ni es to be involved in all aspects of the food system to learn how to par cipate in decisions that shape the food system of public schools and educa onal ins tu‐ ons, and by extension, the food system of the local communi es and the City of Vancouver.
Think & Eat Green @ School addresses the ques on of how the hundreds of thousands of people that comprise complex ins tu ons, such as the public school system, can par cipate in a process of social learning, crea on and ac on to influence the food system and contribute to a transi on towards sustainability.
ACT LOCALLY The Think & Eat Green @ School project will be a success when many
The Think & Eat Green @ School project comprises a wide range of
schools embrace an explicit orienta on toward human and environmental health and food system sustainability.
partners, described in five general categories:
The objec ve of the project is to contribute to regional food system sustain‐ ability and ins tu onal adapta ons to climate change. By working with schools and a community of learners involved in community‐based and school‐based projects, we will develop healthy, sustainable school food systems that include: √ Food and environment educa on across the curriculum √ School growing areas that produce food to be consumed in schools √ Func oning food waste compost and recycling systems √ Food programs that provide safe, healthy, and sustainable food for students Main ac vi es:
Working with the most accomplished teachers, community gardeners, urban agriculturalists, chefs, restaurateurs, restaurant designers and builders in Vancouver school communi es and partnering with teachers, students and parents. Involving over 300 UBC undergraduate and graduate students per year in the next five years to collaborate on school specific projects and collect data regarding school programs and policies, teachers’ prac ces, and students’ knowledge, a tudes and behaviours. Collabora ng with more than 25 co‐inves gators from a wide range of disciplines and community‐based food, environment, health & educa‐ on organiza ons. Using their experience, exper se, and exis ng community connec ons to enhance, deepen, and support exis ng and future food system sustainability projects.
‐ Local community‐based organiza ons that focus on food security, sustainability, and related issues, including the Environmental Youth Alliance, Farm Folk/City Folk, Growing Chefs, and the Society for the Promo on of Environmental Conserva on; ‐ Permanent city‐wide organiza ons and bodies, involved in governance, service delivery and policy‐making, including the Vancouver School Board, the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and Vancouver Coastal Health; ‐ Provincial or na onal community‐based organiza ons, including the Public Health Associa on of Bri sh Columbia, Canadian Centre for Policy Alterna ves, and the Evergreen Founda on; ‐ Individual city schools — 21 in the first itera on of the project in the Fall 2010 and 23 schools by the end of Spring 2011; ‐ University‐based partners, including University of Bri sh Columbia, and researchers from Simon Fraser University and Ryerson University. At UBC, part‐ ners include the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, and researchers from the Faculty of Educa on and from the schools of Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.
University of Bri sh Columbia Faculty of Land and Food Systems 107a‐2357 Main Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4 Tel: 604 822 9986 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.thinkeatgreen.ca With the financial support:
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