Think­ing about the environment

Provin­cial govern­ment pro­vid­ing fund­ing for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion projects

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Schools who want their stu­dents to think more about the planet and not their plans for Fri­day night will now have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for the Save It Foward pro­gram.

In a re­lease Nov. 15, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy said the Save It For­ward pro­gram gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn how to bet­ter con­serve and use en­ergy through the par­tic­i­pa­tion in school projects.

“The pro­gram de­liv­ers on a com­mit­ment in the provin­cial En­ergy Plan to in­vest in the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that en­gage young peo­ple in en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and cli­mate change,” said Kennedy. “I en­cour­age schools across the prov­ince to get in­volved.”

The Save It For­ward pro­gram makes a to­tal of $ 100,000 in fund­ing avail­able to schools who want to de­liver pro­gram­ming cen­tred around en­ergy con­ser­va­tion.

The pro­gram is de­signed for stu­dents from kinder­garten to Level III and in­vites stu­dents to de­velop in­no­va­tive ideas geared to­wards more ef­fi­cient en­ergy use in the class­room.

“Many schools in this prov­ince are us­ing en­ergy more ef­fi­ciently, so to­day’s stu­dents are ac­tu­ally learn­ing about the con­ser­va­tion of en­ergy in en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly set­tings,” said Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man.

The pro­gram is a joint project be­tween the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Teach­ers who want to de­velop projects for their schools will be pro­vided with ap­pli­ca­tions by the school board and the dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als is Dec. 9.

The ap­pli­ca­tions will then be eval­u­ated and the fund­ing will be awarded to the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants by the end of Jan­uary 2012.

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