2011 Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability

Winner and Honourable Mentions of the 2011 Award

LSF established the Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability to honour Jack Layton’s passion for optimism and hope in creating a more sustainable future.

Nominees for the Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability have responded to community challenges with creativity, responsible citizenship and innovative action. Selection was based on final reports submitted by participants of LSF's in-class action oriented programs EcoLeague and Project Flow.

The 2011 award was presented at the 10th Annual State of Education for Sustainable Development Gala on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Click here for pictures from the evening.


Edenbrook Hill Public School
Brampton, ON
Ms. Crawford’s grade 3 class

The students in Ms. Crawford's class built vermicomposters and undertook a school wide vermicomposting program to educate the entire school about options for their compost materials.  The students also made a school yard greening plan and distributed the compost to the newly planted trees.  The process was all captured in multiple creativevideos that the class made together!


Woodlands Elementary School 
Woodlands, Manitoba
Ms. Wishart's grade 7/8 class

The students did an audit of student lunches that involved identifying items that could be recycled, reused or composted instead of going into the garbage. The class challenged the school to reduce their garbage and increase reusable container use. This involved collecting recipes for litter-less lunches cookbook. Over 100 recipes for food that could be brought to school in containers instead of disposable packaging were collected. The cookbook was detailed with 365 eco-tips and illustrated with student drawings and photos from the school environment. The sale of the cookbooks generated $1,110 in profit which was put toward their outdoor classroom.

École St. Paul
Sudbury, ON 
Project Leader: Charles de la Riva

The students sought to raise awareness about the importance of nature by engaging in action project that protected over 1000 speckled trout in Junction Creek. The students planed over 2500 trees on the creek banks in order to have the roots prevent soil erosion. The trees also provided shade which increases the survival of the fish. Watch the video (in French) of this project. Read the French press release.

École Mission Central Elementary
Mission, BC

Project Leader: Wayne C. J. Martin, Aboriginal Culture and Liaison Worker

94 students from École Mission were inspired to harness the power and provisions of nature by planting indigenous gardens.  Elders throughout the community participated in the “setting of a table”, a cultural approach to meals. The Elders and students collaborated on developing a list of desired plants and discussed how nature can have a lasting legacy.  Former students, now in the local high school, peer-taught, modeled and provided assistance with the digging, planting and care of the garden.

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