Alberta Educators to be Honoured for Creative, Innovative Energy Programs
CALGARY, March 15 /CNW/ - BP Canada Energy Company is providing $500,000
in grants and scholarships to K-12 Alberta public and private school educators
who teach students about energy and energy conservation during the 2007-2008
Under the A+ for Energy program, BP will present grants to teachers who
submit proposals for creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or
summer activities focused on energy education and/or energy conservation.
Through the program, BP hopes to inspire students to become the innovators who
will develop future technologies that will both conserve energy and use energy
"BP's A+ for Energy program was developed to capture the spirit of
innovation and to recognize those teachers who inspire learning in their
students by creating exciting and memorable experiences around the subject of
energy," said BP Canada President Randy McLeod.
The A+ for Energy grants, which are intended to emphasize unbiased energy
education, will be $5,000 or $10,000 each.
"The A+ for Energy program will support innovative approaches to energy
education and conservation inside and outside the classroom," said Alberta
Education Minister Ron Liepert. "Education plays an important role in
expanding our students' understanding of our province and helps them to better
understand the challenges of our changing world."
As part of its A+ for Energy program, BP will also award grant recipients
a scholarship to attend a three-day energy education conference conducted by
Inside Education, an Alberta-based, nonprofit educational society that
provides natural resources and environment education. The all inclusive
scholarship will cover travel, meals and lodging expenses as well as a Science
of Energy Kit valued at $500. The kit includes classroom tools and materials
to help educators teach about energy.
"Inside Education is pleased to participate in a program that will afford
an opportunity for Alberta teachers and their students, the decision-makers of
tomorrow, to gain awareness, knowledge and ultimately act on all they learn
about energy sources, uses and conservation," said Inside Education Executive
Director, Steve McIsaac.
BP started the A+ for Energy program in California in 2004 to encourage
active learning about energy sources and issues and to help young people make
better informed choices about their own energy use in the future. The
educational program has been expanded into other parts of the U.S. and now,
Alberta, marking the program's first venture into Canada.
Any K-12 teacher currently teaching in Alberta public or private schools
is eligible to submit an application. The submission deadline is May 18, 2007.
Winners will be announced June 11. Applications are available online at
www.aplusforenergy.com/alberta or by calling 1-877-243-6760.
Applications will be reviewed and selected by an independent panel
comprised of current and retired Alberta teachers and other educators. The
grants will be awarded based on merit and creativity.
Program partners include BP, Inside Education, the Canadian Centre for
Energy Information, Global Television, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary
BP Canada Energy Company is part of the BP p.l.c. group of companies. BP
is one of the world's largest energy companies, providing its customers with
fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and
petrochemicals products for everyday items. BP's shares are traded under the
symbol BP on the London and New York stock exchanges.
BP Canada is a Canadian leader in the exploration, production, processing
and marketing of natural gas. We are the largest supplier of natural gas
liquids (NGLs) in North America, marketing over 500,000 barrels per day of
liquids including propane and butane. We also coordinate the marketing, sales,
supply, and transportation of NGLs. We are active in five provinces and two
territories, while our marketing and trading activities span the nation and
expand to the U.S. market. We are also oil and aviation product marketers, and
are one of Canada's leading lubricants brands. Headquartered in Calgary,
Alberta, BP's Canadian businesses employ more than 1,500 Canadians.
For further information:
For further information: Kurt Kadatz, BP Canada Energy Company,
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