GUELPH, ON, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, The Co-operators announced a
total of $25,060 in grants to five Canadian students who have created
innovative sustainability projects. The funding, provided through The
Co-operators Foundation - IMPACT! Fund, supports projects ranging in
focus from sustainable food production and harvesting to
transportation, climate change awareness, and green economies.
Since its inception in 2009, the IMPACT! Fund has supported students who
are part of IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability
Leadership as they continue work to make their campuses and communities
greener and more sustainable. Through the IMPACT! Fund, The
Co-operators has granted more than $275,000 to student leaders from
colleges and universities across Canada.
Funding was announced today for the following:
Robert Cordy, University of Guelph
Cordy is working to educate people about how to efficiently use rain
water to produce food. His grant of $5,000 will be used to create a
series of open-source videos, a two-day workshop and an educational
community event in the Guelph, Ontario region.
Jill Doucette, University of Victoria
An attendee of the 2009 IMPACT! Conference, Doucette plans to use her
$4,800 grant to introduce a sustainability certification program for
small- and medium-sized businesses in Victoria and the surrounding
Gracen Johnson, University of Guelph
Johnson is using her $5,760 grant to develop a series of video blog
posts addressing questions of resilience. She will be focusing on the
sustainability of economically disadvantaged places in Canada,
specifically exploring sustainable urban design, community engagement,
and social and economic policy.
Michel Scultéty-Ouellet, Université de Sherbrooke
With a grant of $4,500, Scultéty-Ouellet will create a bicycle co-op at
the Université de Sherbrooke that will promote and support cycling
among staff and faculty. It will provide members with a space on campus
and tools necessary to maintain and repair their bicycles, and will
host bike repair workshops.
Paul Wartman, University of Guelph
Wartman will use his $5,000 grant to educate and engage communities in
Guelph and Mississauga in the practice of Edible Forest Gardens, a
self-maintaining highly productive system of plants that produce food,
medicine, herbs and flowers. Wartman will teach edible forest gardening
techniques through workshops and community outreach activities.
"The IMPACT! program creates a network of students doing phenomenal
sustainability work in their communities, who will become the leaders
of tomorrow," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The
Co-operators. "We're pleased to be able to financially support these
impressive students and their projects, as we work together toward a
more sustainable future."
For more information on each project, please visit http://www.impactyouthsustainability.ca/impact_fund/2013_recipients
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $34 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers
in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens
in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada
by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE: The Co-operators
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