CALGARY, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Over the past three months, more than 1,200
registered classrooms, from St. John's to Vancouver Island have raised
their energy awareness and learned how to manage and reduce their
energy consumption as part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge
(CEDC); a national energy efficiency competition from Canadian
Geographic and Shell Canada that helps youth understand where energy
comes from and how they use it.
The 2014 CEDC featured over $40,000 in prizes, giving competing
classrooms the chance to win gift cards and charitable donations while
learning how to reduce their carbon footprint. The competition has
gained traction in Canadian schools with more challenges completed than
ever before and website traffic doubled from last year, showing growing
interest from schools, teachers and students.
This year's winning schools:
Duncan Cran Elementary School, Fort St. John, British Columbia
Top School Prize - For an incredible third year in a row, Duncan Cran Elementary School
wins the honour of Top School, earning a $4,250 gift card and a $1,000
donation to a charity of their choice.
Point Leamington Academy, Point Leamington, Newfoundland:
Most Points Prize - One of four schools tied for Most Points, Ms. Barker's grade 5/6 class
wins a $4,000 gift card and a $1,000 donation to the charity of their
École secondaire de la Ruche, Magog, Quebec:
Video Contest Grand Prize (Secondary): Mr. Hinse's grade 11/12 class wins $2,500 towards technology for their
school through the creation of a winning public service announcement
about the importance of reducing waste, reusing materials and
Belfountain Public School, Caledon, Ontario:
Video Contest Grand Prize (Elementary): Ms. Broersma's grade 2 class wins $2,500 towards technology for their school
with a public service announcement focused on energy use, waste
reduction and caring for the environment.
St. Mary School, Huntsville, Ontario:
Green Your School Contest Grand Prize: Mr. Foxcroft's grade 7/8 class at St. Mary School have won $10,000 in
the new Green Your School contest. St. Mary School plans to implement
an outdoor classroom, including a greenhouse, vegetable garden, and a
rain barrel water system.
"We are delighted with the ingenuity, quality and depth of understanding
shown by the classrooms who participated in this year's CEDC," says
Gilles Gagnier, Publisher of Canadian Geographic. "Their activities
give clear evidence of a growing awareness and understanding of energy
systems in Canada, an imperative for our country today and tomorrow."
"Making good energy choices is important for all Canadians, from the
classroom to the boardroom, the gas pump to the factory floor," said
Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada President and Country Chair. "The
creativity shown by both teachers and students is a reminder of what we
can achieve as Canadians and is a challenge to us all."
CEDC is a partnership between Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic. The
challenges are designed to enhance curriculum learning in a practical
way and help students make better choices about their energy use.
For more information on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, please
visit energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca or follow developments on Twitter (@Energy_Lit) and Facebook (Shell
Canadian Geographic Energy Diet Challenge).
Notes to Editors
A representative from Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic will visit each of the winning classrooms the week of May 12th. Photo
and interview opportunities will be made available during award
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