The Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network unites high school students from all areas of Burnaby who are interested in sustainable living. This year, the two Co-Chairs are once again from École Alpha Secondary: Carrie Ng and Victor Yin in Grade 12. Alpha has previously held strong leadership roles in BYSN in the past as well, with Sonya Kung as Chair in 2017 and Salina Kung in 2015.
BYSN held their first general meeting on Tuesday, October 10th in the Alpha library after school. Anyone is free to attend general meetings, from students to staff and parents. At this meeting Ben West and Mari McMillan came to talk about their solar energy initiatives as well as The Great Climate Race, a walking/running initiative that invites participants to promote the race against time to combat climate change.
Representatives from project S.A.V.E. also attended the meeting. Project S.A.V.E. is an organization from SFU focusing on collecting unwanted writing utensils from schools and institutions in order to either properly recycle them in collaboration with Staples, or redistribute them back into the community.
Other general meetings in the year will involve workshops in different schools around the district! The next upcoming workshop will take place during the General Meeting on November 7th at Alpha. The workshop will focus on sustainable consumerism and participants will be able to make their own DIY household products to take home, including soap and bath salts. The workshop is free but registration is required and closes on November 4th. Space is limited to 30 participants. More information and workshop registration information can all be found at facebook.com/thebysn.