Video: Environmental responsibility is important to almost all Canadian secondary school students (98%), according to a recent study conducted by Staples Canada and Vision Critical.
2014 Staples Canada Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest launches
TORONTO, Jan. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Families and schools get top marks for
environmental responsibility, according to a recent study conducted by
Staples Canada and Vision Critical. Four out of five Canadian middle
school and secondary students gave their peers, families and schools an
above-average grade (A+, A or B) for sustainability efforts.
Environmental responsibility is important to almost all Canadian
secondary school students (98%). Among those surveyed, 91% said they
personally recycle, reusing lunch and grocery bags (62%), and conserve
electricity (61%) to help support the environment.
"It's clear that students across the country care deeply about the
environment," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "We feel
that Canadian students, our future leaders, should be rewarded for
their stewardship and passion. Having the latest technology will not
only help them succeed, but will help them connect, share ideas and
develop networks of passionate youth who are driven by environmental
Staples Canada, in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, is bringing back
the Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest for the fourth straight year, to recognize students and schools that
are doing their part to protect our planet. The contest launches
January 6 and runs until February 21, 2014.
"The Staples Canada Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest
recognizes the efforts of students, teachers and administrators in
minimizing the environmental impact of their school operations," said
Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. "We are proud to partner
with Staples Canada on this initiative and look forward to learning how
the winning schools will use their new technology to expand their
The contest will offer schools a chance to win one of 10 computer labs
valued at $25,000 each by submitting an entry detailing their green
efforts. Additional contest details and entry forms are available at staples.ca/recycleforeducation. Winning schools will be announced in early May.
The groups that Canadian students gave passing eco-grades (A+ to B) to
are supporting the environment primarily through recycling (93%),
reusing lunch and grocery bags (73%), conserving electricity (73%),
using alternative transport to cars (62%), using less water (60%), and
conserving energy with better air conditioning and heating controls
(55%). According to the survey, the top things those receiving poor
eco-grades should be doing to support the environment are recycling
(50%) and conserving electricity (45%).
To help those in need of a bump in their grade, Staples Canada offers
several in-store recycling programs where customers can bring back used
batteries, electronics, writing instruments and ink and toner
cartridges. Staples Canada also encourages schools across the country
to participate in their ink bin program by signing up to receive a free ink cartridge collection bin. Upon filling the bin, Staples Canada collects the contents for
recycling, free of charge.
From November 28 - December 5, 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online
survey among 603 randomly selected Canadian teens age 13-17 whose
parents are Angus Reid Forum panelists.
About Staples Canada
Staples makes more happen with more products and more ways to shop.
Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities,
Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether
it's in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more
products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
Print services. Staples has been making it easy for businesses for 27
years with thousands of associates worldwide. Headquartered outside of
Boston in the United States with offices in Toronto in Canada, Staples
operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia
and New Zealand. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is
available at www.staples.com and www.staples.ca.
About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in
1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they
need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004, it was
recognized as the top environmental education organization in North
America for its innovative year-round programs and educational
resources by the Washington-based North American Association for
Environmental Education, the world's largest association of
environmental educators. In 2008, it was chosen as Canada's
"Outstanding Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for
Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with
thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. To donate to Earth
Day Canada, please visit www.earthday.ca/donate.
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SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.
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