Terasen Gas competition for B.C.'s brightest young environmental minds

    SURREY, BC, April 17 /CNW/ - Do you know how much water the average
British Columbian uses per day? What about the two most common sources of air
pollution? Chances are more than 400 students from around the province know
the answer to these questions, and more.
    The annual Terasen Gas Environmental Mind Grind starts this weekend, in
honour of Earth Day this coming week. Elementary, middle and high school
students from the Interior, Okanagan and Nanaimo will meet for an academic
challenge designed to promote responsible environmental stewardship.
    "We're very pleased to be a part of this event. This is our fifth year
supporting the Mind Grind, which puts students' knowledge of local
environmental issues to the test," says Ruth Sulentich, Terasen Gas Community
Relations Manager. "The Mind Grind tests students in a fun and motivating
manner and winning high school teams and students have the opportunity to
share $4,000 in scholarship money."
    As the title sponsor, Terasen Gas began a new tradition last year with
each member of the winning high school team receiving $1,000 towards post
secondary education. Members of the runner up high school team receive a $300
    The Terasen Gas Environmental Mind Grind is organized by environmental
educators in each of the participating communities, with regional first-round
competitions being held around the province.

    -   April 17 Quesnel
    -   April 18 Central Okanagan (Kelowna), Nanaimo
    -   April 25 South Okanagan (Penticton), Kamloops

    Regional event winners will then compete in the B.C. Playoffs hosted in
Lake Country on Friday, May 8, for the scholarships.
    The City of Kelowna has been an organizer of the event since its
inception in 2000. "Environmental education is part of the City's mandate, and
the Mind Grind is an opportunity to educate a lot of students on a wide
variety of topics. With the game show format and great prizes, the event is a
fun, exciting way for students to learn about the environment," notes Tracy
Guidi, Community and Media Relations, City of Kelowna.
    Teams of students from Grades 4 to 12 sign up in January and work with
their teachers learning from specially prepared study packages covering many
topics including: energy conservation, air quality, transportation demand
management, forestry health, species and spaces, waste reduction, water
conservation and watershed health.

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves more than two million gas and electric customers and has total
assets exceeding $11 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and
electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Ruth Sulentich, Community
Relations Manager, Phone (250) 868-4517, Email: ruth.sulentich@terasengas.com

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