Announce Winners of Green Schools, Green Futures Award
TORONTO, Ontario, May 3, 2012 — FedEx Express Canada and Tree Canada today announced the winners of their second annual Green Schools, Green Futures Award. This national award was created to recognize and reward Canadian schools for their efforts in the area of environmental sustainability.
The national winner is:
- Oak Lake Community School, Oak Lake, Manitoba
The regional winners are:
- Quebec: Laval Liberty High School, Laval, Quebec
- Ontario: Fessenden Public School, Ancaster, Ontario
- Prairies: Elmwood High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- British Columbia: Brentwood College School, Mill Bay, British Columbia
The winning entries displayed support within the school community for creating and maintaining environmental programs, partnerships with community groups, and emphasis on outdoor education.
“The Green Schools, Green Futures Award is a way for FedEx and Tree Canada to raise awareness about the importance of programs that encourage greener communities and sustainable practices,” said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada.
“We salute these schools for demonstrating a commitment to improving the lives of their children and communities.”
Schools wishing to participate in the contest were required to submit an application detailing their green credentials. The application awarded points for: Ecological School Yards, Reducing Waste, Conserving Energy, Being a Caring School, and Eco Education.
“We’ve been impressed by the innovation schools displayed in creating and maintaining successful environmental programs, but also by the enthusiasm and dedication by students and teachers,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “I’m glad that this generation of students are aware and active in environmental issues – they will make great strides in bettering their communities.”
The national winner will receive $3,000 cash and a plaque, and the four regional winners will receive $1,000 cash and a plaque from Tree Canada and FedEx Express Canada.
About FedEx Express Canada and Tree Canada
Federal Express Canada Ltd. continues to revitalize school grounds across the country through our Greening Canada’s School Grounds program with Tree Canada.
Since 2007, FedEx Express Canada has sponsored the greening of 50 school grounds across Canada, and has committed to greening 15 more in 2012. In addition, we have planted more than 60,000 trees in support of reforestation programs including Tree Canada’s B.C. Fire ReLeaf program, which allowed B.C. homeowners, landowners and municipalities to plant trees destroyed during the forest fires in the summer of 2009.
FedEx Express Canada is the 2009 recipient of the Eterne Award, a national award given to an outstanding sponsor of Tree Canada to recognize their environmental stewardship and commitment to improving the lives of Canadians through greening and reforestation projects.
FedEx Express Canada’s support of Tree Canada is a part of our EarthSmart Outreach program. For information about EarthSmart and our sustainability goals and progress, go to earthsmart.fedex.com and view the Global Citizenship Report.
FedEx Corporate Overview
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit http://news.van.fedex.com/intl/ca.
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.
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