Jack Layton Award

Learning for a Sustainable Future is excited to announce the winners and runner-ups of the Jack Layton Award!  The Recipients of the LSF Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability have taken steps towards a sustainable future through responsible citizenship with creative and innovative action in their community.

This year 120 sustainability action projects were completed.  Seven of these projects have been honoured by the LSF Jack Layton Award:

The Winning Prize of $500 towards another sustainability project has been awarded to:

  • Chedabucto Education Centre/ Guysborough Academy’s school board-wide youth food security symposium in Guysborough, Nova Scotia

Two Runner-Ups have been awarded with $250 towards another sustainability project:

  • Fort McMurray Islamic School for their Amazing Waste Race

The Amazing Waste Race held an informative campaign on the importance of reducing waste and recycling; as a result the Fort McMurray successfully redirected almost 2,500 pounds of paper form the landfill to the recycling station in only one school year!  Also, they reused 8,000 units of waste by sending packaging to TerraCycle for them to be turned into another product.

  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School for their students’ Rosary ButterflyCompost Garden in London, Ontario

Four Honourable Mentions:

  • Duke Connaught Public Schools’ inner-city garden on formerly un-used land
  • Landmark Elementary School’s ‘Grow to Give’ project, where they built a greenhouse
  • St. Patrick Catholic School’s reduction of waste by composting
  • William G Davis Junior Public School’s community-wide gardening

Check out the Media Attention that some of these projects have been getting!

The runner-up position of the Jack Layton Award, the Amazing Waste Race 2013: http://islamic.fmpsdschools.ca/home/amazing-waste-race-2013/

http://eedition.fortmcmurraytoday.com/epaper/viewer.aspx#

http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2013/09/09/mcmurray-school-runner-up-for-jack-layton-sustainable-award
http://www.fortmacconnect.ca/2013/09/lsf-jack-layton-award-for-youth-action-in-sustainability/

http://www.country933.com/2013/09/11/another-great-award-won-by-fort-mcmurray-students/

Also, The Green Team was honored with a Community Health Advocacy Award form our local Health Authority, the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority who included The Green Team in their annual report to the district.  See the report here (pages 16 & 17 on the Green Team):    http://www.gasha.nshealth.ca/admin/sources/editor/assets/Web%20GASHA_Annual_Report_2012-13.pdf

For more information on the Jack Layton Award and the winning projects, please click here.