As part of a campaign to engage and educate residents of West Vancouver about how “individual actions impact community sustainability”, the engineering department hosted a student video contest last spring. The 2017 theme was “Our Waste; Our Responsibility” and asked students to focus on four particular topics: ‘illegal dumping’, ‘abandoned waste’, ‘litter’, and ‘how to recycle right’. Entries were judged based on whether they demonstrated an “appreciation, understanding of and passion for responsible disposal of waste including reducing, reusing and recycling”. In total, they received 40 entries and awarded 3 students with prizes of up to $750. Last week, the Union of B.C. Municipalities recognized the project with a Community Excellence Award. According to the Vancouver Sun, the project demonstrated how local government can engage communities and excel in civic engagement practices.
Check out the City of West Vancouver’s YouTube channel to view all 40 submissions. See the winning videos embedded below.
First prize: Rockridge Secondary Grade 12 student, Tavish Kelpin
First runner-up: Rockridge Secondary Grade 12 student, George Barrie
Second-runner up: Ecole Pauline Johnson Grade 6 student, Sam Khoshnevis