Presentations from the Conference are now available to view or download below:

– Keynote Presentation ‘Solving for Pattern – Leadership and Systems Change‘ by Dr. Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in California, creator of the Food Systems Project, Rethinking School Lunch, and Smart by Nature.

– Presentation of Think&EatGreen@Schools’ work and key findings by Dr. Alejandro Rojas and Dr. Gwen Chapman of the University of British Columbia.

– Presentation ‘Vancouver Technical Secondary/ Fresh Roots‘ by Bronwyn Vaisey, Jamie Latimer, Leah Rambally and Winnie Boo of Vancouver Technical School/ Fresh Roots.

– Presentation ‘From Far to Here‘ by Henry LauCassandra Ly, and Brendan Chan of Windermere Secondary School (Alumni)/ UBC.

– Presentation ‘Growing Up with Edible Gardens‘ by Natahs TousawMax LangleyWill RehmusKate ScamvougerasBlythe Brooks-Hill, and Megan Barnes of Queen Elizabeth Elementary.

What: Think & Eat Green @ School Final Closing Conference and Celebration

Where: Vancouver Technical Secondary School (2600 East Broadway)

When: February 19, 2015 from 8:30am to 5:00pm followed by a celebration and dinner from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

This Conference will provide an opportunity for the whole Think&EatGreen@School community to come together to share and celebrate what has been done during the 5-year Community-University Research Alliance. Please find below the Conference Schedule, and short bios of the keynote speakers and presenters.

The day will offer a combination of presentations by representatives of the Vancouver School Board, school-based teams and community partners with narratives of what has been accomplished locally by our collaboration; research reports by the UBC-based team of researchers, and keynote speakers placing our project in the context of our city’s current development in community engaged scholarship, sustainability education, and health and food ecoliteracy.

Keynote speakers include City of Vancouver Councillor Ms. Andrea Reimer, a leader within the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City team; Dr. Lee Gass, of the UBC Department of Zoology, Professor Emeritus; and Dr. Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in California, creator of the Food Systems Project, Rethinking School Lunch, and Smart by Nature.

In addition, Dr. Alejandro Rojas, Principal Investigator of the Think&EatGreen@School Project (TEGS), and Dr. Gwen Chapman, TEGS Research Coordinator, will present the research program implemented by the TEGS team and the main findings and lessons learned.

There will be presentations by school-based teams from Queen Elizabeth, Tyee, and Sexsmith Elementary Schools, as well as Vancouver Technical Secondary School students and Windermere Secondary School alumni. The Conference will also host a Networking and Resource Fair with a number of TEGS Community Partners (such as Environmental Youth Alliance, SPEC, Fresh Roots, Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Vancouver Coastal Health, Project Chef, and Evergreen).

Looking forward to seeing you on February 19, 2015.


 andAndrea Reimer has been the Chair of Vancouver City’s Planning and Environment Committee and Council since 2008, initiating the Greenest City Action Plan. Andrea was first elected as a member of the Vancouver School Board in 2002, working to remove vending machines and corporate logos from schools and supported the introduction of school gardens. Andrea also volunteered with a number of community organizations including being the former vice-chair of Your Local Farmer’s Market Society and former co-chair of the City of Vancouver’s Food Policy Council.

leeDr. Gass
is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. His research interests and contributions range from hummingbird biology to the transformation of higher education teaching and learning practices, having been instrumental in the establishment of the UBC Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.



Zzenenobia Barlow has led the Center for Ecoliteracy in grant making, educational, and publishing programs since its inception, creating models of ‘schooling for sustainability’ including initiating such programs as the Food Systems Project, Rethinking School Lunch and Smart by Nature. She is the coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Sierra Club Books, 2005).


aleDr. Rojas is an environmental social scientist with expertise in adaptive resolution of environmental conflicts and sustainability, and community engagement in sustainability education, food security and food system sustainability. He is an Associate
Professor at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC and as Project Principal Investigator provides intellectual leadership, oversees the research team, co-ordinates contributions from co-investigators and works with them in the integration and mobilization of knowledge.

gwenDr. Chapman is a co-Investigator of the Think&EatGreen@School project, Professor of Food, Nutrition and Health, and the Associate Dean, Academic of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. She is a food sociologist and expert in nutrition, human health and food system evaluation, focusing on how people’s everyday food practices and concerns are shaped by socially constructed notions about food, health, bodies, and social roles.


Think&EatGreen Final Conference agenda February 19th