WWF and Loblaw Grants Help Students Go Green

WWF and Loblaw Grants Help Students Go Green 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 -- What do Purple Martin
nesting box installations, electric car conversions, wetland
rehabilitations, and bee-keeping have in common? They're all projects
funded by the sixth round of WWF's Green CommUnity School Grants
Program.  
WWF and Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) are proud to announce 28
new grant recipients from across Canada. This round of funding
provides $100,000 in grants to elementary and secondary schools
across Canada, supporting student engagement in green initiatives. 
The grants are made possible through partial proceeds from Loblaw's
charge-for-plastic shopping bag program in its stores. The grants are
designed to encourage students' interest in environmental
stewardship, as well as to provide a hands-on learning experience in
sustainability and greening communities.  
This round of grants will provide funding a range of projects,
including: 


 
--  Creating an outdoor classroom to encourage student awareness of the
    importance of local, organic produce at Robert Bateman High School in
    Burlington, Prince Edward Island 
--  Designing, building and installing nesting boxes for Purple Martins, a
    local bird population in decline near Bell High School in Nepean,
    Ontario 
--  Building an electric car at The Valleys Senior Public School in
    Mississauga, Ontario 
--  Exploring solar power and sustainable energy at East Three Elementary
    School in Inuvik, Northwest Territories 
--  Rebuilding a school greenhouse at Netsilik School in Taloyoak, Nunavut 
--  Rehabilitating the marsh near Ecole Des Jolis Pres in Laterriere, Quebec
--  Establishing and maintaining a honeybee habitat at Fraser heights
    Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia 
--  Introducing Red Wiggler vermicompost bins at West Wood High School in
    Fort McMurray, Alberta

 
Quotes  
"We're very excited about the projects in this round of Green
CommUnity School Grants - they show enormous interest in the
environment and creativity. The grants provide a great opportunity
for students across Canada to become passionate environmental
stewards, which we hope will lead to an even better future for our
living planet." 
- Christina Topp, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, WWF
Canada 
"Loblaw is proud to support the Green CommUnity School Grants program
for the fourth consecutive year. The support is made possible through
partial proceeds from the sale of plastic shopping bags in our
stores. These grants are important to schools because they help to
educate students about our environment and inspire them to make a
positive difference for our planet." 
- Bob Chant, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and
Communication, Loblaw Companies Limited 
About WWF's Green CommUnity School Grants Program  
The Green CommUnity School Grants Program will award grants totalling
$600,000 to Canadian schools over the course of three years. Any
private, public, or independent Canadian elementary or secondary
school that is working on a green initiative is eligible to apply for
grants up to $5,000. Find out more at
www.wwf.ca/greencommunitygrants. 
About WWF  
WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges
facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. www.wwf.ca  
About Loblaw Companies Limited  
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore,
general merchandise and financial products and services.
www.loblaw.ca
Contacts:
WWF-Canada
Riannon John
416-347-1894
rjohn@wwfcanada.org
www.wwf.ca 
Loblaw Public Relations Department
905-459-2500
pr@loblaw.ca