Environmental leadership award recipient honoured (09/02/02)

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Feb. 2, 2009

DALHOUSIE (CNB) - A Dalhousie school was honoured today as the recipient of the 2008 Environmental Leadership Award in the Youth Group category.


Environment Minister Roland Haché presented École Académie Notre-Dame with a framed pewter medal and a gift certificate for a tree which can be planted to commemorate the school's accomplishments.

"Through their Sauver la terre ... j'apprends à le faire project, students challenged themselves and parents to do their part to protect the environment and set a positive example for their community," Haché said.

Students created a logo and promotional posters, and they launched a green lunchbox challenge to parents and students. A green initiative ideas notebook and calendar were distributed along with a compact disc of music created and performed by the students. The CDs featured messages to raise public awareness of saving the Earth.

"I commend the students at École Académie Notre-Dame for working on behalf of this community and on behalf of the environment," Haché said. "It is up to us as residents of New Brunswick to conserve and protect the environment. If New Brunswick is to be self-sufficient by 2026, we will need to be partners in ensuring environmental sustainability."

The Environmental Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients. Information about the awards is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.