Friday, May 6, 2011

Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grants awarded

Mayor Naheed Nenshi presented the Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grants today to two successful Calgary youth groups. This award is being given as part of the Mayor’s Environment Expo, which features awards and grants for youth, a high school photo contest and an exhibition of workshops from organizations that provide environmental education to Calgary students.

From left to right: 2 St. Francis students, 
Mrs. Leslie, Mayor, Mayor’s Youth Council rep Patti Wang, 
St Francis High School Teacher
The grants were awarded during a luncheon at the first annual EcoLeaders youth conference at Ralph Klein Park. At the event two projects received $1,000 to support project implementation and sustainment.

One of the winning projects was the St. Francis High School EnviroAction Group’s Green School Makeover. The makeover replaced some of the school’s fixtures with energy efficient ones and started a composting and creek cleanup program; which helped limit the school’s impact to the environment and raised awareness about how buildings can be made more sustainable.

“Winning the grant means our project will have the funds it needs to help us educate students and get them involved. We have some great ideas we are very excited about,“ said St. Francis student Emilie Duchesne. “It’s an honour to be acknowledged by the Mayor, The City of Calgary and our peers for the differences we are trying to make for a more sustainable future.”

From left to right: 2 Notre Dame High Schools students, 
Mrs. Leslie, Mayor, Mayor’s Youth Council rep Patti Wang, 
Notre Dame High School Teacher

This year’s other winning group was the Notre Dame High School EnviroClub. This club started
Project Courtyard, meant to green the school’s courtyard in an environmentally responsible manner and to improve the oxygen content of air and create a positive outdoor area for students.

The Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant was initiated in 2004 by The City of Calgary in partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Parks Foundation in recognition of former Mayor Jack Leslie. The Mayor's Environment Expo educates youth in environmental stewardship and celebrates environmental action in our community. This is the 22nd year of the Mayor’s Environment Expo and to date has educated more than 45,000 youth.

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