Grants help Fort McMurray school get Red Wiggler vermicompost bins
WWF and Loblaw Companies Limited announced 28 new grants that help student go green in schools across Canada.
This round of funding provides $100,000 in grant money to elementary and secondary schools across Canada, supporting student engagement in green initiatives.
The grant program will help students across the country with green projects, like introducing Red Wiggler vermicompost bins at Westwood High School in Fort McMurray.
The process of vermicomposting uses Red Wriggler worms to convert food waste and organic material into nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer. The process can be done indoors, and if done properly, will not smell.
The grants are made possible through partial proceeds from Loblaw’s charge-for-plastic shopping bag program in its stores, and are designed to encourage students’ interest in environmental stewardship, as well as to provide a hands-on learning experience in sustainability and greening communities.
“We’re very excited about the projects in this round of Green CommUnity School Grants – they show enormous interest in the environment and creativity,” says WWF Canada Marketing and Communications Vice President Christina Topp.
This round of WWF and Loblaws grants will provide funding a range of projects, including:
- Creating an outdoor classroom to encourage student awareness of the importance of local, organic produce at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington, Prince Edward Island
- Designing, building and installing nesting boxes for Purple Martins, a local bird population in decline near Bell High School in Nepean, Ontario
- Building an electric car at The Valleys Senior Public School in Mississauga, Ontario
- Exploring solar power and sustainable energy at East Three Elementary School in Inuvik, Northwest Territories
- Rebuilding a school greenhouse at Netsilik School in Taloyoak, Nunavut
- Rehabilitating the marsh near École Des Jolis Prés in Laterrière, Quebec
- Establishing and maintaining a honeybee habitat at Fraser heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia
- Introducing Red Wiggler vermicompost bins at West Wood High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta
“The grants provide a great opportunity for students across Canada to become passionate environmental stewards, which we hope will lead to an even better future for our living planet,” Topp adds.
“Loblaw is proud to support the Green CommUnity School Grants program for the fourth consecutive year,” says Loblaw Companies Limited Corporate Affairs and Communication Senior Vice President Bob Chant. “The support is made possible through partial proceeds from the sale of plastic shopping bags in our stores.”
“These grants are important to schools because they help to educate students about our environment and inspire them to make a positive difference for our planet,” adds Chant.