Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Engage your classroom – Be a Showcase School at the Mayor’s Environment Expo

What are you doing to cut down on the waste you send to the landfills? The Eco Club students at Blessed Cardinal Newman will inspire you to do more.

As part of their Showcase School project for the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo, a team of Grades 6-9 students implemented a waste reduction program in their school. They understand that reducing waste can substantially minimize our impact on the environment – and that they have a role in this.

Every noon hour, the students monitored recycling bins and encouraged their peers to properly recycle. But the Eco Club didn’t stop there. They know there is more to reducing waste than recycling – it’s also about reducing and reusing.

They put this learning into practice by leading on waste free lunches, educational presentations, paperless campaigns, and even creating garbage-inspired art.

As a result of their determination and creativity, they saw bigger bags of recycling, less garbage and less waste all together in their school. And they are also helping The City reach its goal of diverting 80 per cent of waste from the landfills by 2020.

Teachers – join this Eco Club and register for the Showcase School Program!

Background: 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, 2013 at the Municipal Building.

All Showcase Schools qualify for a $250 grant from Encana to help with their projects. Free transportation to and from the Expo is provided by Calgary Transit, when possible.

Register your school today and become part of the legacy that helps expands actions in support of a healthier and more sustainable community.

Application deadline is extended to January 11, 2011.

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