Science World Get Going with BC Green Games

BCGG_Logo_RGBThis September marks the start of another school year and the beginning of the sixth year of the BC Green Games — Science World’s award-winning environmental action contest for schools in British Columbia. Call2Recycle® is proud to launch a new partnership with Science World, which will see Call2Recycle sponsoring the BC Green Games to 2016.

The BC Green Games are designed to encourage and celebrate environmental activities in schools across the province. Working as teams, students identify an environmental challenge at their school, develop a creative solution and then chronicle their activities and measure the outcome. The BC Green Games program also provides support to teachers so that they can integrate environmental sustainability into the curriculum and help their students develop environmentally friendly, effective school-wide initiatives.

The contest is open to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Thanks to presenting sponsor BC Hydro, major sponsor FortisBC and supporting sponsor Call2Recycle, over $22,000 will be distributed as awards to winning entries. All participating teams will also receive a package to support Earth Day celebrations in April.

“At Call2Recycle we seek opportunities to connect with the youth of Canada today because we know they will become the environmental champions of tomorrow,” says Call2Recycle Marketing Director Orysia Boytchuk. “We are delighted to partner with Science World and sponsor the BC Green Games for the next three years.  This gives us the opportunity to collaborate directly with young Canadians to help make Canada a leader in environmental stewardship for generations to come.”

BC Green Games“Participation is the key to waste reduction, community stewardship and energy conservation,” says Bryan Tisdall, President & CEO of Science World. “We are thrilled to announce the start of the sixth annual BC Green Games competition. Student participation has led to over 650 amazing sustainable ideas, practices and programming that has made our province a greener place to live. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring!”

Over the last five years, the BC Green Games have inspired over 650 entries. Past entries included Southpointe Academy’s inspiring submission. The school’s seventh grade students organized five environmental events over the academic year. To reduce the amount of batteries that go to landfills, the students hosted a battery drive and invited parents, teachers and students to bring their used batteries for recycling. Their other events focused on reducing the use of plastic water bottles, raising awareness of excess food packaging and hosting a Walk, Bike, and Carpool to School Week. If that wasn’t enough, the students also organized an Energy Saving Awareness campaign during Earth Week!

In part, because of engaging examples like Southpointe Academy, the BC Green Games have been recognized as Best Literacy Project by the Canadian Association of Science Centres.  Science World also received the Outstanding Non-Profit Organization Award this year from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education for its significant contribution to environmental education.

Registration for the 2013/14 BC Green Games opens on September 15, 2013 and schools must submit their team during the month of February 2014.

For more information about BC Green Games, to register and to check out inspiring projects, visit bcgreengames.ca.

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