100 Environmentally Conscious Schools Closer to $25,000 Worth of Technology

Ten winners in the Staples Superpower your School Contest to be announced ahead of Earth Day, April 22

TORONTO, March 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Staples Canada today announced the 100 regional finalists for the 2016 Superpower Your School Contest. The contest, held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, was open to publicly-funded elementary and secondary schools across Canada and ran from December 3, 2015 to January 29, 2016. Almost 630 schools submitted entries detailing their environmental initiatives. Ten schools, two from each region, will be selected to receive $25,000 each towards the purchase of new technology from Staples Canada. The list of 100 finalists can be found at staples.ca/powereco.

"Across the country, schools are passionately making a difference," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "We applaud each school that entered and want to congratulate the 100 finalists for their outstanding commitment to education and the environment."

The 10 winning schools will be publicly announced in April in anticipation of Earth Day.

"Earth Day Canada is excited to team up with Staples Canada again this year to reward schools implementing innovative and engaging environmental projects and programs," says Deb Doncaster, president of Earth Day Canada. "This year's finalists are inspiring models of excellence and we are proud to recognize and celebrate their efforts."

About Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros makes it easy to make 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, on mobile devices, or through the company's innovative buy online, pick up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Consistently ranked as one of Canada's top ten companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Staples Canada, 905 737 1147 x 2363, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Madalina Secareanu, Staples Canada, 905 737 1147 ex. 2714, madalina.secareanu@staples.ca; Lucia Ho, Earth Day Canada, 416-599-1991 ex. 107, lucia@earthday.ca


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