Chemainus Secondary students counsel community on green strategies

Members of the CSS Green Team to host an information session on their Zero Waste initiative for Chemainus residents May 13.

Students from Chemainus Secondary School are hoping to inspire the community to join them on their Zero Waste journey.

Members of the school’s Green Team are hosting a community information night Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Chemainus Secondary School multi-purpose room to share what they have been doing in their quest to make their school a leader in Zero Waste. They are hosting an informative and fun-filled hour that will show people what they are doing and offer ideas and opportunities for how individuals or businesses  can join them in working towards their ultimate goal of making Chemainus a Zero Waste community. Refreshments will be served.

This is the first time the Green Team is doing a presentation like this to the community, and teacher sponsor Nancy Henry says their main goal is to inspire others.

“We’ve undertaken a Zero Waste initiative, so we’re kind of the pilot project for our [school] district,” she said. “We wanted to show the school district, North Cowichan, the Cowichan Valley Regional District and other people who have supported us what we have done and showcase our appreciation for them supporting us and also show businesses how they can get started.”

The hour-long community information night will feature a presentation by the Chemainus Secondary Green Team highlighting some of the work they’ve been doing and a presentation by Cowichan Recyclists about how they can help businesses, and Henry is hoping they will also have a presentation by the North Cowichan Climate Change Committee about the committee’s targets and goals.

Henry says they hope the Municipality of North Cowichan will start a compost pickup program for businesses in Chemainus.

“Students at Chemainus Secondary are willing to work with businesses to help them get started and are willing to make presentations to North Cowichan,” she added. “We need North Cowichan to be on board. That’s how we were able to get our compost pickup, because North Cowichan supported us.”

Anyone and everyone is welcome to the Green Team’s event, and Henry hopes a lot of people will come and learn how everyone can work together to make a greener Chemainus.