CRD Named Finalist in The Keg’s Thanks a Million Grant Program

May 26, 2011

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District’s Climate Action Program (CAP) in partnership with Lifecycles Project Society, a charitable organization focused on food, health and urban sustainability in the Greater Victoria area, has been selected as a finalist in The Keg’s 40th Anniversary Thanks a Million Grant Program for the “Growing Schools: From Classroom to Table” project.

Growing Schools: From Classroom to Table aims to educate young people about food, health and sustainability by constructing organic food gardens on school grounds. The gardens act as educational tools used to engage students, teachers, parents and community members on how to grow food and provide “hands on” learning for students of all ages.

“This is a fun and engaging project that enables youth to build practical skills and contribute to a healthy region. By educating and motivating young people, and their families, to grow local food, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better prepare for climate change” said Sarah Webb, Climate Action Program Coordinator.

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, The Keg is giving back $1,000,000 to organizations that have made a contribution to their communities. The winners will be determined via online voting which runs until June 14, 2011.

“We hope that citizens in the capital region will vote for this project. If successful, we will construct five new school gardens, launch a food and climate change educational campaign, and give away 500 vegetable seedlings to households,” says Webb.

The Climate Action Program was established in 2009 to serve local governments and act as a resource, hub and facilitator on climate change issues in the capital region.

To find out more and vote for the Growing Schools project, please visit www.thekegthanksamillion.com and for more information on the Climate Action Program, please visit here.

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