Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 13, 2010 21:49 ET

Government of Canada Recognizes Youth "Do Your Part" 2010 Sustainability Contest Winners

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, congratulated Canadian youth at the "Do Your Part" video awards ceremony hosted by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

"I am very proud that Canada is hosting one of the most environmentally friendly Games the world has ever seen", said Minister Prentice. "This has required innovative Canadian thinking and a strong commitment to sustainability - qualities our young contest winners have clearly demonstrated in their videos."

As part of the video contest, youth aged 13-24 across Canada were invited to submit a 30-90 second video or animation clip profiling how they will live more sustainably during the 2010 Winter Games and beyond.

The Government of Canada has been working with VANOC and other Games partners from the beginning to build sustainability into the Games. Environment Canada has been a key partner in this effort providing environmental assessments of Olympic venues and federal leadership in this area.

Government of Canada investments have contributed to sustainable attributes found in many of the Olympic venues, including:

- the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre, which features sustainability elements influenced by a study on how to maximize environmental performance at minimum cost;

- the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village, which features Canada's first net-zero energy multi-use residential building; and

- the Richmond Oval, which has an innovative wave roof made from recycled wood from trees killed by pine beetles.

Advice and expertise provided during the environmental assessment process also had a direct impact on reducing the environmental footprint at Olympic venues.

Six Government of Canada supported initiatives have also earned VANOC's Sustainability Star, an award recognizing initiatives by Games partners, sponsors and VANOC that demonstrate positive and measurable social, economic and environmental impacts.

For more information about the Government of Canada's role in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, visit www.canada2010.gc.ca.

(Egalement offert en francais)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    819-934-8008
    1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca
    or
    Canada's Environment Minister Twitter page:
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