Sustainability Toolbox

​​​​​​​​​Sustainability Toolbox​​​ 2017

A Youth4Action Leadership Field Course



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The Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox (MVST) is a unique and experience-based youth leadership program. MVST 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 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.




Summer Camp: August 14-19, 2017 

Fall Term 2017 (Participation in all Fall classes and the Regional Youth Leadership Conference is required):
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.(Regional Youth Leadership Conference)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




  • Youth 4 Action





Students will… 

  • Explore, paddle, hike, swim, tour, share, present, listen, learn, reflect, exert, create, support, celebrate, build, eat, connect and more!
  • Get to know local sustainability practitioners, officials, experts, community partners, and Youth-4-Action and MVST Alumni
  • tour local parks, water and waste management facilities, businesses and local farms
  • experience the power of teamwork and develop new friendships
  • create robust action projects to support engagement and action for sustainability in school community
  • identify topics, speakers and activities for Metro Vancouver’s Youth-4-Action Program, including Leadership Clinics, Symposiums and Youth-4-Action Workshops
  • define priority topics, speakers and activities for Metro Vancouver’s Youth-4-Action Sustainability Leadership Clinics
  • receive four credits in Sustainability Studies 11 (Recognized BC’s Ministry of Education)



What’s the commitment?

Successful applicants will participate in the entire Summer Leadership Camp, all five classes and the Regional Youth Leadership Conference on October 20, 2017. This program is offered at no cost to successful applicants, however, a full commitment to participate and attend all program components is required (please refer to listed dates).

Who are the instructors?

Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Education Team provides expert instruction for this dynamic field course. The team consists of BC certified teachers and sustainability facilitators with a wealth of experience leading field courses and supporting youth engagement and development.

Meet the team



Who should apply?

Students in Grades 10 to 12 for the 2017/18 school year who attend school in one of Metro Vancouver’s 11 school districts are invited to apply. The process is competitive as we typically receive more applicants than available spots in the program.

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

Registration is now closed.

Applications are read on a rolling-basis.

Email if you have any questions.