Ten environmentally conscious schools to win $25,000 worth of technology in The Superpower Your School Contest
TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Ten environmentally conscious schools across the country will each receive $25,000 worth of new technology from Staples Canada as part of The Superpower Your School Contest. Publically funded schools are invited to enter the contest at Staples.ca/PowerEco and share their eco initiatives for a chance to win. The Superpower Your School Contest starts December 3, 2015 and runs until January 29, 2016.
"Teachers and students across the country are passionate about making a difference on the environment," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "We're honoured to reward them for their devotion to environmental stewardship."
To help schools prepare their entries, Staples has assembled a series of resources, including:
- Excerpts from the 2015 winning school entries
- A step-by-step entry guide
- A set of frequently asked questions
The contest is held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, a national charity that works directly with thousands of teachers and schools to provide environmental resources and support.
"Earth Day Canada is excited to team up with Staples again this year to reach and reward schools implementing innovative and far reaching environmental engagement projects. Earth Day Canada supports The Superpower Your School Contest by sharing information about the contest to schools from coast to coast and assist with the judging process." Deb Doncaster, President of Earth Day Canada.
The contest, previously known as the Staples Canada Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest, is now in its sixth year and has awarded 60 environmentally conscious schools the latest technology to empower students to learn and nurture their passion for the environment.
Staples Helps Schools Make a Difference
Staples is committed to helping schools make a difference by offering several easy recycling programs:
- Canada School Recycling Program: Every year 300 million ink cartridges end up in North American landfills. Staples Canada encourages schools across the country to participate in this program by signing up to receive a free ink cartridge collection bin. For details and to register for a free ink bin visit www.canadaschoolrecycling.ca
- Battery Recycling Program for Schools: Staples Canada partners with Call2Recycle to offer a used battery (rechargeable and single use) recycling program in all Staples stores. Schools are invited to collect batteries, hold collection events and encourage all students to bring in used household batteries to reduce the amount of electronic waste in landfills. Drop off the batteries collected at any Staples store. For more information visit www.call2recycle.ca/staples-schools
- Writing Instruments: Staples stores nationwide have partnered with TerraCycle® and Newell Rubbermaid® to collect and recycle used writing instruments. Schools are encouraged to bring in used writing instruments to any Staples store and help provide a second life to these writing instruments by turning them into upcycled and recycled products such as park benches, waste bins and more. And, for every Sharpie, Paper Mate, Expo and uni-ball writing instrument received, TerraCycle will donate two cents to Earth Day Canada.
- Electronics Recycling: In an effort to divert eight-million pounds of electronic waste from landfill sites annually, Staples has partnered with eCycle Solutions to offer an electronics drop-off program. Now operating in almost all Canadian retail locations, recyclable items accepted include PDAs, cell phones, computers, computer parts and more. To view a complete list of collection sites and accepted recyclable hardware, visit www.staples.ca/environment
About Staples Canada
Staples 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. Headquartered outside of Boston in the United States with offices in Toronto, 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.
SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.
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