Caring for our Watersheds



Caring for our Watersheds

May 07, 2014 08:00 ET

Caring for our Watersheds Announces 2014 Contest Winners

Local Students Find Innovative Environmental Solutions

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2014) - Grade 11 student Ayla Lauret from Centennial High School in Calgary has been recognized for her plan to install a rain garden in her school parking lot. She was declared winner by The City of Calgary Parks and Agrium Inc in this year's Caring for Our Watersheds environmental contest.

Ayla Lauret is proud to win the 2014 Caring for our Watersheds (CFW) contest, brought to Southern Alberta by Agrium Inc. and The City of Calgary Parks.

Announced on April 26, 2014, Lauret came up with a creative answer to a very simple but profound question: 'What can you do to improve your watershed?'

As a result of her efforts, Lauret won $1,000 for herself and for Centennial High School for first place in the contest. To win, she researched her local watershed, identified an environmental concern, came up with a realistic solution and presented to community judges that represented a variety of industries.

Over $15,000 was awarded in prizes plus $10,000 is available to help implement the participant's ideas.

"The purpose of the contest is simple," says Lindsey Metheral, Agrium Program Advisor. "Our goal is to encourage students to learn about their local watershed and be inspired to make improvements to the land, air and water. With community and school support, we have seen the creativity and determination students have for protecting and preserving the environment. It's inspiring when they turn their ideas into reality."

"The City of Calgary is pleased to be a partner in this project as anytime we can engage and involve our younger generation in environmental conversation it benefits us all. Youth are actively seeking ways to make our communities sustainable for future generations and we are here to help them," says City of Calgary Parks Education Coordinator Jen Makar.

Over the years the community has shown great leadership in mentoring the students and helping them implement their ideas. Anyone who entered in 2014 can work towards making their idea happen. We are here to help them.

For more information please visit www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com or contact The City of Calgary media line at 403-828-2954 to schedule a media interview.

2014 Caring For Our Watersheds Southern Alberta - Official Results
Place Student award Student name(s) Proposal name School School Award
1 $1,000 Ayla Lauret Rain Gardens Centennial High School $1,000
2 $900 Kelsey Armstrong Storm Drain Survival Kit Lethbridge Collegiate Institute $900
3 $800 Whitney Ereyi
Lorena Dew
Holly Hildebrandt
Water Awareness Day St. Martin de Porres $800
4 $700 Leah Johnston
Katrina Jordan
Reusable Plates To Save Our Lakes Centennial High School $700
5 $600 Ines Rosito To Engage & Educate Springbank Community High School $600
6 $500 Maddie Davenport Preserving Water Centennial High School $500
7 $450 Jacquelyn Cormier
Kate Jelinski
Carson Munro
Mulching It Up For The Bow River St. Martin de Porres $450
8 $400 Kira Plettl Local, Organic Produce In High School Cafeteria Centennial High School $400
9 $350 Trinity Rostad Make The Change Centennial High School $350
10 $300 Justin La
Kyle Olsen
Building A Green Roof Centennial High School $300
11 $300 Reagan Toth
Claire O'Neill
Brooke Simard
Daylight Harvesting Lights St. Martin de Porres $300

About Agrium:

Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in Australia and North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium produces and markets three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled release fertilizers and micronutrients. Agrium's strategy is to grow through incremental expansion of its existing operations and acquisitions as well as the development, commercialization and marketing of new products and international opportunities. Contact us at: www.agrium.com.

About City of Calgary - Ralph Klein Park

The City of Calgary Parks believes environmental education is a lifelong learning process and offers school programs that promote awareness and encourage students to develop an appreciation of the natural world. Parks offers several school programs at Ralph Klein Park, which features a man-made wetland that uses natural vegetation to treat stormwater before it is discharged into the Bow River. This state-of-the-art facility emphasizes sustainability and stewardship for a healthy future. Contact us at: www.calgary.ca/rkp.

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