Thursday, February 28, 2013

Funding available for youth environmental projects

Are you transforming your community through an environmental initiative? Are you reducing your ecological footprint to protect the planet?

Your project could receive funding of up to $1000.  The Jack Leslie Youth Environmental Grant is now accepting applications.

Every year as part of The Mayor’s Environment Expo, two projects receive up to $1,000 to support implementation and sustainment.  In 2012, student and teacher representatives from Wilma Hansen School and Henry Wise Wood Senior High School were each presented with a grant at the Eco-Leaders Conference at Ralph Klein Park.  Wilma Hansen implemented multiple initiatives including creating an indoor garden in their school library while Henry Wise Wood reduced the use of plastic water bottles by installing water dispensers and selling customized water bottles.

“It’s inspiring to see how dedicated these students are to making Calgary a more sustainable and better city for everyone,” said Deputy Mayor, Shane Keating. “Each of us, whatever our age, has an important role to play in protecting the environment.”

The Grant was initiated in 2004 by The City of Calgary in partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council (part of Youth Central) and the Parks Foundation to recognize former Mayor of Calgary, Jack Leslie.  It recognizes the positive impact Jack made to the city and the environment and encourages youth in Calgary to continue with his efforts.

For more information or to download an application, click here. 

The Mayor’s Environment Expo is a fun educational interactive event for youth, aimed at creating environmental stewards for Calgary.  The 2013 Expo takes place June 4-6 at the Municipal Building.

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