Friday, May 10, 2013

Calgary youth recognized with Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grants

Students from Forest Lawn and William Aberhart High School. They each won  a $1000 project grant.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant: Forest Lawn High School and William Aberhart High School.

Student and teacher representatives were presented with a commemorative plaque and a $1000 project grant during The City of Calgary’s annual Eco-Leaders Youth Conference.

“It is so gratifying to see dedicated students learning about the environment, understanding the impact of everyday actions and making a difference in the community,” said Deputy Mayor, Shane Keating. “It is up to each of us to make meaningful choices towards creating a healthier environment.”

Forest Lawn High School received a grant to create a native prairie garden outside the school.  While William Aberhart High School received a grant to purchase organic, ethical, Canadian made T-shirts for gym and raise awareness about the impact purchases have on our ecosystem.

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.

“I volunteered to be the MC for the Jack Leslie Environment awards because I truly believe that it’s important to recognize my peers doing great things,” says Alex Wadey, member of the Mayor’s Youth Council.  “As youth, we should all consider ways to reduce our environmental impact so we’ll have a greener future.”

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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