NOTE: Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox (MVST) has been suspended for 2022. Interested in MVST 2023? Please email

What is the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox Program?

Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox is a unique, experience-based youth leadership program and full-credit high school course. This program brings together diverse students from across Metro Vancouver who share a passion for influencing sustainability in their school community through inquiry, collaboration, and leadership.

This action-packed field course features a range of fun and experiential learning opportunities to develop an understanding of the complex built and natural systems we depend on every day. Students explore the challenges, tough choices, and opportunities facing our region while developing the knowledge and competencies necessary to take action and to influence a sustainable and livable region.

Why Join Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox?

By joining, students get the unique opportunity to:

  • Get to know the built and natural systems we are connected to and depend upon everyday 
  • Learn principles of sustainability, systems thinking and leadership 
  • Develop skills to lead and influence awareness, action and innovation at school and beyond 
  • Apply learning to implement impactful projects tied to interests, passions and SMART goals 
  • Create lasting connections as part of a regional network of engaged leaders 
  • Get to know a range of sustainability success stories to inspire awareness and collaborative action 
  • Experience the power of teamwork and effective strategies and tools for school-based action 
  • Identify effective strategies to balance commitments, manage stress and stay healthy 
  • Meet and be inspired by thought leaders and change-makers from across Metro Vancouver, including subject matter experts, community partners, elected officials, entrepreneurs, planners, leaders of all ages, including past Youth4Action program participants 
  • Get to know Metro Vancouver’s leadership role in supporting a livable region 
  • Visit local parks, water and waste management facilities, businesses and farms 
  • Explore, share, present, listen, think, reflect, exert, create, support, celebrate, build, connect, question, learn, laugh and more!
  • Receive four credits in Sustainability Studies 12 (Recognized by the BC Ministry of Education) 

What is the Commitment? 

This program is offered at no cost to successful applicants. However, a full commitment to participate and attend all program components at specific times is required. 

Who Should apply? 

Metro Vancouver students entering Grade 10 to 12 who share a passion for influencing sustainability in their school and community are invited to apply. Students from across Metro Vancouver, in the following school districts, are encouraged to apply:

  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Langley
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
  • New Westminster
  • North Vancouver
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Independent Schools

Who teaches and leads this course?

Metro Vancouver collaborates with the Burnaby School District to provide expert instruction and leadership for this dynamic course. The team is comprised of BC certified teachers and youth leadership facilitators who bring a wealth of experience leading field courses and supporting youth engagement and development.

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