Three-year deal will support creation of BC environmental projects by students from Kindergarten to grade 12
TORONTO, ON (September 16, 2013) — Call2Recycle®, Canada’s nationwide battery and cellphone recycling program is, for the first time, sponsoring Science World’s renowned BC Green Games over the next three years. The support will help Science World grow the reputation of BC Green Games and both incentivise and reward participating schools with cash prizes for the most effective environmental initiatives created.
Marketing Director for Call2Recycle, Orysia Boytchuk, explains, “At Call2Recycle we seek opportunities to connect with the youth of Canada today because we know they will become the environmental champions of tomorrow. We are delighted to stand alongside BC Hydro and Fortis BC, who are also customers of ours, to sponsor the BC Green Games until 2016. This gives us the opportunity to collaborate directly with young Canadians and help make our country a leader in environmental stewardship for generations to come.”
September marks the opening of the sixth year of Science World’s award-winning environmental action contest for schools in British Columbia. Entries will be collected from February 1 to March 1, 2014 and then assessed over the following month by an expert judging panel. Winners are celebrated on Earth Day 2014, at ceremonies in their communities and at TELUS World of Science in Vancouver.
“Working with students engaged in environmental issues has been the highlight of my teaching career,” says Gordon Graham, former teacher at Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo. “A platform like the BC Green Games for students to showcase their passion for the environment is priceless. I would like to thank Science World and all the sponsors for helping students across our province make a difference.”
“Participation is the key to waste reduction, community stewardship and energy conservation,” says Bryan Tisdall, President & CEO of Science World. “We are thrilled to bring Call2Recycle on board and to announce the start of the sixth annual BC Green Games competition. Student participation has led to over 650 amazing sustainable ideas, practices and programs that have made our province a greener place to live. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring!”
The BC Green Games is designed to encourage and celebrate environmental activities in schools across the province. It has 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.
About BC Green Games
BC Green Games is a province-wide competition for students from kindergarten to grade 12, designed to motivate, enable, and celebrate the green efforts of schools in British Columbia. Students work in teams to: design a creative and innovative solution to an environmental challenge in their school or community; document their actions that help solve the challenge; and to measure changes in behaviour of community members as a result of these actions. Projects may include, but are not limited to, topics such as: climate change; greenhouse gas reduction; energy conservation; stewardship and conservation; and sustainable development. Projects that fit into BC Green Games submission guidelines and are action-based projects facilitated by an established environmental education program are encouraged. Science World manages BC Green Games with input from youth, government, school district, university, science and environmental education community partners. For more information visit bcgreengames.ca.
About Science World British Columbia
Science World British Columbia is a not-for‐profit organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province. For more information visit scienceworld.ca