Calgary Fall 2009 Recognition Night

Posted December 7th, 2009

Our first run of my world, my choice! in Calgary wrapped up with a recognition night for the students that took part in the program. The event was held at A.E. Cross Jr. High School and featured over 15 projects from 100 students taking leadership to make their schools more sustainable.

The recognition night was the end of a very successful Calgary Fall 2009 Program. We started in October with a small army of passionate post-secondary students and young professionals who were enthusiastic to teach about sustainability to Calgary Junior Highschool students (not to mention learn about the topic themselves!). By running through activities, simulations and discussions around sustainability, our mentors and students alike developed a strong understanding that our daily actions have a global impact, and that we can all make a difference.

Robyn, Elisabeth, Nathan and Annemarie plan to transform the roof of their school into a field of grass. Read more at the Calgary Journal.

'Enough for all, forever' is the name of the game and we encouraged students to take this new understanding and apply it to their surroundings - their school. The result? Dozens of projects representing a smarter, more sustainable tommorrow. Students calculated the impact of wasteful paper use in school administration. They discovered how their schools could transform wasted space into community gardens. Methods for more responsible water consumption at schools were brainstormed. Students found that local food at the cafeteria could help community businesses,  school learning, and their own appetites. Best of all, if the students have ideas like these now, just imagine when they emerge as leaders in their communities.

 

At the recognition night, teachers, parents, media, and members of the community got a chance to take in all these projects the students had created to plan out a more sustainable future for their schools. Local food was provided, and a panel of judges from the community handed out the awards to a few select projects. Needless to say, we had a lot of help from many great partners around Calgary.  We have to give a shout out to all of them, their participation helped make everything all possible.

  • Alberta Ecotrust
  • Green Calgary
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Sunnyside Natural Food
  • Famous Players
  • SimpLee Serene
  • Bullfrog Power
  • Spragg Meats
  • Jackson Deli
  • Jammin It
  • Simple Simon Pies
  • Innisfail Farms
  • Valta Bison
  • Cucumber man
  • Sunworks
  • Sausage Man
  • Blushlane
  • Cherry Pitfarms

We also received a ton of help and support fromour mentors who went into the classrooms to work with the students and our volunteers - all great people choosing to to bring about a positive change for our schools, communities and world. Hats off to you all, we hope to have you back to make our sophomore run in Calgary a big success too!

 

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