The Think&EatGreen@School project sought to grow the vision and capacity of school staff, students, and school communities to collaboratively develop and share knowledge on healthy and sustainable food systems at their schools. The image below describes some of the key areas in which action can be taken.
As the Think&EatGreen@School project comes to an end, other organizations are continuing to convene and support healthy, sustainable school food systems in Vancouver and beyond.
Farm to Schools BC, members of the Vancouver School Food Network, and the VSB’s Sustainability Department are currently offering support and advice for teachers, students and community members interested in promoting and creating healthy school food systems.
DASH’s Healthy Schools BC Programs and Supports offer a wide range of resources for educators, school trustees and policy makers to take action on creating healthy school food systems.
The Coalition for Healthy School Food is advocating nation wide to promote and support healthy food in schools.
TEGS Approach to Working with Schools
Our research involved close and consistent engagement with School Communities throughout. This engagement was facilitated through the Small Grants Program, Think and Eat Green Institute, Final Conference, as well as many close working relationships between TEGS research staff and students and educators in Vancouver schools.
TEGS funded 51 VSB schools and 6 alternative schools via our Small Grants program. We also placed UBC students in 48 schools from 2010-2014. Of the 83 schools in Vancouver that have gardens, only 25 were not involved with the TEGS project.
Check out the Story of Tyee Elementary for one long-running example of our collaborative research work in schools.
Review elementary and secondary school projects we supported:
Check out our School Food Environmental Assessment Tool, one research tool designed by our collaborative research approach.