GUELPH, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Eight Canadian students involved with
IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership
have received additional funding for projects aimed at bringing about
social and environmental change. In 2009, 13 recipients received a
total of $49,685. Now, based on the success of their respective
projects, eight IMPACT! alumni will receive an additional $34,000 to
continue to lead social and environmental programs.
The students are alumni of the inaugural IMPACT! Conference, which
brought together 180 Canadian university and college students at the
University of Guelph in September 2009. A second such event featuring
Dr. David Suzuki will be held September 15-18, 2011 at the University
of Guelph. Students aged 19 to 25 who will be attending a Canadian
university or college are eligible to apply. The unique bilingual
conference is a three-day, all expenses paid event during which student
sustainability leaders explore real solutions with national businesses
and academic leaders. Applications are open until January 23.
The eight students receiving the additional funding through The
Co-operators Foundation - Impact! Fund are:
Keleigh Annau of Mount Allison University, who received an additional
$5,000 for Lights Out Canada, an outreach project aimed at educating
high school and post-secondary students across Canada about climate
change and energy conservation.
Alla Guelber, a Calgary resident studying at Concordia University,
received $5,000 for the Green Jobs Workshop, a partnership with Alberta
Acts on Climate Change that provides a venue for young professional
Albertans to share ideas and build capacity for job creation in the
Émanuèle Lapierre-Fortin of the University a Guelph was granted $1,500
for her work with UoG Net Impact, which will be organizing a No Impact
Week on campus in the spring of 2011. Described as a "one-week carbon
cleanse," the campaign will encourage students to lower their
environmental impact through lifestyle changes, community action and
participation in environmental politics.
Alison McDonald of Trent University received $5,000 for her partnership
with the Seasoned Spoon Cooperative Café at the university, through
which they are building a root cellar for the café to store local
foods. They are also working to reduce waste and greenhouse gas
emissions, and to educate students and the community about sustainable
Marco Mwenda of Assiniboine Community College received a $5,000 grant to
support the Marquis Project in Manitoba, which engages Manitobans in
sustainable international projects. The funding will help them create
an educational climate change program for people in rural Manitoba and
the African nation of Tanzania.
Ellen Quigley, from the University of Saskatchewan, received $5,000 for
Water Water Everywhere, through which she has partnered with the City
of Saskatoon's Water Treatment Division and We Are Many to supply and
promote the use of tap water, rather than bottled water, at events in
Saskatoon. The new funding will support the expansion of the project to
other parts of the province, including Regina and Moose Jaw.
Eliese Watson, a student at Mount Royal College, will use her $5,000
grant to build on the success to date of A.B.C. - Apiaries and Bees for
Communities, which promotes urban bee-keeping as a way of building more
diverse ecosystems in urban centres. The new funding will help with the
creation of a new textbook and workbook on the subject.
Sara Wicks of the University of Guelph received $2,500 for Reduce the
Juice, a youth-led alternative energy project that includes solar
energy generation at Waterloo Collegiate Institute. The additional
funding will be used to install a large LCD sign at the school
displaying real-time information about the production of solar energy
and the related reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
For more detailed information about these projects and the IMPACT!
conference, visit www.impactyouthsustainability.ca.
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned
co-operative with more than $42 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 owned by 47 Canadian co-operatives, credit union
centrals and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its
community involvement and its commitment to creating a more sustainable
tomorrow. In 2010, The Co-operators was ranked #2 among the 50 Best
Corporate Citizens in Canada and listed among the 50 Best Employers in
Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
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