Jack Layton Award for Youth Action and Sustainability: 2013-2014 Results

jla imageLearning 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 over 100 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:

  • Calderstone Middle School‘s ‘Healthy Iron Chef’ competition in Brampton, Ontario.

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

  • Hugh John MacDonald School‘s for sustainable Bike Shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Junior High students started up a Bike Shop that fixes bicycles that were not longer being used or were thrown out. The students perform the work on the bikes and as their proficiency increases, they are able to assist community members with their bike repairs. 21 bicycles were diverted from the landfill and are now regularly used by the students. In June, a girls biking group consisting of newcomers to Canada, will be going on rides with the refurbished bikes along with instructors.

  • Windermere Secondary School for their students’ Nootka Community Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Four Honourable Mentions:

  • Bridgeport Public School for their Kindergarten students’ Forest School Cards project;
  • Métis Beach School for their ‘Greening Our School One Sandwich at a Time’ project focusing on micro-greens;
  • Montgomery Village Public School and their student’s ‘Vermicompost and Compost Tea’ project using their Green Cycler!;
  • Royal Vale School and their very first vegetable garden initiative.

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

The creator of the Green Cycler was so impressed with Montgomery Village Public School’s project that an article was written and can be found via:

http://www.thegreencycler.com/2014/raising-green-kids-the-trick-is-getting-their-hands-dirty/

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