Tuesday, January 19, 2010

City wins Emerald Award for Mayor's Environmental Expo

The City of Calgary received the Emerald Award for the 20th annual Mayor’s Environmental Expo yesterday in Council.

Originally presented to The City on June 16th 2009 in Edmonton under the category “non-formal education” the “Alberta’s premier environmental award” recognizes the environmental education of the more than 70,000 students and broader public who have attended the expo over the past two decades.

“This is one of the actions we’ve taken to collectively protect air, land and water” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.

The first Mayor’s Environmental Expo was in 1997 with nine schools attending. In 2009 18 "showcase school" took part. The students aged 8 – 14 study everything from clean energy, to waste-free lunches to naturalization projects in their schoolyard throughout the year before presenting their findings at the expo.

Dave Day, Director of Environmental and Safety Management, upon receiving the award said, the expo is an “enormous opportunity for Calgary’s youth to effect changes in environmental values and behaviour as we forge a more sustainable community in the future.”

Here is a video from the Emerald Foundation’s website of Judi Vandenbrink manager of the Mayor’s Environmental Expo discussing the importance of the students who take part in green projects.

This is a video of a Anamika, The City's junior reporter at 2009's 20th annual Mayor's Environmental Expo.

The Alberta Emerald Foundation celebrates and showcases environmental leadership in Alberta. 2010's Mayor's Environmental Expo will be held from June 1 - 3 at the Municpal Building Atrium.

***Director Dave Day; Mayor Dave Bronconnier; Judi Vandenbrink, Manager of the Mayor's Environmental Expo; Jeff Reading, team lead for Community Energy Initiatives; Patrick Inglis, environmental specialist with Community Energy Initiatives; Amanda Brownlie, environmental specialist with Community Energy Initiatives.

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