3rd Annual City of Vancouver Youth Awards - May 4th, 2007
The C.o.V. YOUTH Awards recognize individuals aged 13 – 18 and 19 – 24, as well as Adult Allies and youth serving organiations, who, through their involvement in their local community, have made a positive contribution to their city or their communities.
This year we have a special One Day Award recognizing leadership on climate change and energy consumption. This award recognizes the work of a youth group, or youth-serving organization who is engaging the broader community about issues of climate change, with a focus on what individuals can do in their own lives to take action and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they produce.
The nominations that were received include:
EYA Green Workplace Program
The Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) is a youth driven non-profit organization who has actively engaged in reducing greenhouse gasses and energy consumption through the Green Workplace Program (GWP) as well as the pilot Fuel Efficient Driving Training. In the past year, EYA was able to undertake several superior achievements such as a joint project with the Building Owners and managers Association of BC to audit 1 million sq ft of commercial real estate, which resulted in saving 400 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year (over a period of 3 years). Their partnership with Power Smart contracted to deliver lighting efficiency audits to 105 lower mainland businesses.
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School EcoMentors
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School EcoMentors is a group of strong-willed grade 11 students that had a desire to make a huge difference in the area of climate change. As part of the Earthday Canada program, they raised awareness about environmental issues and possible solutions by teaching elementary students about aspects of sustainable living, global warming issues, and renewable sources of energy. They held conferences that introduced general environmental issues and showed kids how they can take action. Through interactive workshops, conferences, and displays, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School EcoMentors spread words of environmental issues, and inspired people to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Windermere A.C.T.I.O.N Club
Windermere A.C.T.I.O.N Club is a student environmental club of dedicated individuals who are committed to improving the local environment, working to educate their fellow students about environmental issues. The Street-greening project they undertook included the installation of a large native plant garden along 27th Avenue. They are responsible for “Environmentally Speaking”, a daily bulletin notice for students raising awareness to environmental issues and actions that students can take in their daily life to reduce their negative impact on the environments. The launch of Windermere BikeShare gave Windermere students access to 30 working bicycles. They are truly leaders in their school and great examples for their peers.