BP Canada Energy Company

BP Canada Energy Company

January 16, 2008 11:23 ET

Alberta Teachers to Benefit From $500,000 BP Grant & Scholarship Program

A+ for Energy Program to Honour Innovative Teachers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2008) - Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 12 teachers will be awarded $500,000 in grants and scholarships through the 2008 A+ for Energy program. BP's A+ for Energy program recognizes innovative energy education programs in the classroom. Awardees receive a cash grant of $5,000 or $10,000 to implement their proposed program. In addition, grant recipients also receive a scholarship to attend a three-day Energy Training Conference facilitated by BP and Inside Education and a kit of classroom materials valued at $500.

"The A+ for Energy grant has allowed me to expand my classroom and has helped to take it to a level not previously possible," said 2007 A+ for Energy Grant Winner Clay Beck, a Science Teacher at Niton Central School in Niton Junction, Alberta. "Through this program, my students are able to apply their education to real world issues."

Mr. Beck's winning A+ for Energy project involves discussing ways to reduce human impact on the environment with his Grade 9 science students by focusing on one possible alternative - biodiesel.

"As a global energy provider, BP and its employees want to help Alberta students discover the boundless possibilities and promise of a quality energy education," said Randy McLeod, President and CEO of BP Canada. "These education programs prepare students for making informed decisions about the energy opportunities and challenges we face in the future.

"We were impressed by the quality and creativity of the 115 applicants last year," said McLeod. "We are excited to see the innovative ideas Alberta teachers present this year."

BP sponsors this unique program, designed to empower teachers with resources and tools to implement creative projects that excite and educate students about energy and energy conservation. Inside Education, a nonprofit education society, also brings its expertise to the program as a leader in providing quality education on Alberta's natural resources.

BP's A+ for Energy program is available to any Kindergarten to Grade 12 classroom teacher in an accredited or licensed public or private school within Alberta. Winners are recognized for developing creative and student-focused classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer programs. While these programs must be centered around energy or energy conservation, they can move beyond the science classroom and include reading, mathematics, history, geography, the arts and more.

Interested teachers can find out more about the program by visiting the A+ for Energy website at www.aplusforenergy.org or calling 877-833-1359. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by March 7, 2008. Winners will be notified on May 12, 2008.

A+ for Energy has enjoyed unprecedented success since beginning in California in 2004, having grown to nine locations across North America, including Alberta in 2007, and impacting more than 411,000 students and 13,470 teachers.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by an independent panel comprised of current and retired Alberta teachers and other educators. The grants will be awarded based on merit and creativity.

Program partners include Inside Education, the Canadian Centre for Energy Information, Global Television, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald.

- About BP -

BP Canada Energy Company is part of the BP p.l.c. group of companies. BP is one of the world's largest energy companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items. BP's shares are traded under the symbol BP on the London and New York stock exchanges.

BP Canada is a Canadian leader in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of natural gas. We are the largest supplier of natural gas liquids (NGLs) in North America, marketing over 500,000 barrels per day of liquids including propane and butane. We also coordinate the marketing, sales, supply, and transportation of NGLs. We are active in five provinces and two territories, while our marketing and trading activities span the nation and expand to the U.S. market. We are also oil and aviation product marketers and are one of Canada's leading lubricants brands. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, BP's Canadian businesses employ more than 1,500 Canadians.

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